Location: Administration > Language > Language editing
Edit words or phrases
From Moodle 1.6 onwards, text may be changed by editing language strings, either via Administration > Language > Language editing or directly i.e. in moodledata/lang/.
To edit a word or phrase:
- Access Administration > Language > Language editing.
- Click the "Edit words or phrases" link in the middle of the page.
- On the edit words or phases page click the "Switch lang directory" button and a local language folder, parentlanguage_local, will automatically be created in moodledata/lang. Files of edited strings will then be saved in this folder. This is necessary to prevent changes that you make to be overwritten by a newer language pack when updating.
- Choose a file to edit. You may need to search through a few files before finding the file containing the word you wish to change. The file moodle.php contains all common site-wide phrases.
- Change the word or phrase.
- Click the "Save changes" button. The changed phrase will be highlighted in a different colour.
If you wish to make further changes later, be sure to check that files of edited strings will again be saved to the folder parentlanguage_local, switching folder if necessary.
Note: From Moodle 1.9 onwards, the option to switch is no longer provided and edited strings are automatically saved in the local language folder.
Changes in 1.9
Template:Moodle 1.9* From Moodle 1.9 onwards, only users with the capability moodle/site:langeditmaster may modify the master language packages (i.e. those being saved in moodledata/lang/). It is prevented from all roles by default. It is expected that only language maintainers will manually allow this to themselves.
- From Moodle 1.9 onwards, only users with the capability moodle/site:langeditlocal may customize the site translation (i.e. files being saved in moodledata/lang_local/). Admins are allowed to do this by default.
- Added ability to edit language files in non-standard locations, i.e. string files for various types of plugin (e.g. blocks, database presets, 3rd party modules etc.)
- TODO (currently working on) ability to edit help files in non-standard locations and translate local modifications of help files.
- Several GUI improvements including tabs
Text in Moodle 1.5 may be changed by editing the language strings, either via Administration > Configuration > Language or directly e.g. in lang/en.
To ensure that any changes are not overwritten by a new version when upgrading, you need to create your own local language pack as follows:
- Copy the contents of your language folder (e.g. lang/en) into a new folder (e.g. lang/en_local) - you will need access to the server to achieve this step, it cannot be done from within Moodle.
- Make your local language pack the default for the site via Administration > Configuration > Variables.