I've made civicrm (5.9.1) in a Joomla 3.9.2 installation. Only the English language is available, I find nowhere as I can change the language in German. Do you have a tip for me? Greetings Michael

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Michael, Welcome to Stackexchange. The language will be available if you have downloaded and place l10n folder in civicrm.

To configure CiviCRM to use an existing translation:

  1. Download the translations distribution - civicrm--l10n.tar.gz - from the CiviCRM Sourceforge downloads site. This tarball contains all files for the latest available translations.
  2. Uncompress the tarball and you will see a directory called civicrm, containing two subdirectories called l10n and sql. The l10n directory contains a set of sub-directories named using their locale codes. (Example: the Canadian French translation files will located in /civicrm/l10n/fr_CA)
  3. Copy this l10n directory, together with all its subdirectories into your CiviCRM codebase root directory. (note if creating the l10n folder manually it should be ell-ten-n, not capital-I-ten-n)

For Joomla this would be site_root/administrator/components/com_civicrm/civicrm. So if you wanted the en_GB language it would look like this


For Drupal this would be site_root/modules/civicrm. So if you wanted the en_GB language it would look like this site_root/modules/civicrm/l10n/en_GB/

  1. Login to CiviCRM (as a user with "administer CiviCRM permissions").
  2. Go to Administer » Localization » Languages, Currency, Location
  3. You should now be able to see and select all the localization options in the Default Language and drop-down menu. If you don't, and instead can just see the default 'English (United States)' option, check the preceding steps as the drop-down options are set by the directories under your l10n directory. Also be sure to confirm that the l10n directory is correctly named as l10n (that is: el-ten-en and not eye-ten-en).



  • it's so easy when you know where ... I thank you for the quick help! Greetings Michael Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 21:36
  • @michael can you please mark this post as answered if it solves your problem so that it will be helpful for others. Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 21:48

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