Installing a Language Pack

Confluence ships with a number of bundled language packs. These languages appear as options on the 'Language Configuration' screen in the Administration Console when choosing a default language and as 'Language' options for users in their user settings.

Confluence is available in these languages right out of the box:

  • Chinese (simplified)
  • English (UK or US)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese (Brazil) 
  • Russian
  • Spanish

You can make additional languages available by installing language pack add-ons. You'll need to be a Confluence administrator to install a language pack. 

Installing a language pack add-on

To install a language pack using the Universal Plugin Manager:

  1. Choose the cog icon , then choose General Configuration under Confluence Administration
  2. Choose Find New Add-ons in the left-hand panel.
  3. Find the language pack on the Atlassian Marketplace.
  4. Choose Install to install the language pack.

Installing a language pack manually

To install a language pack manually, you will need to upload the language pack plugin as described below. The language pack plugin will be enabled by default once you have installed it.

Plugins are distributed as JAR or OBR (OSGi Bundle Repository) files. To install a plugin:

  1. Choose the cog icon , then choose General Configuration under Confluence Administration
  2. Choose Manage Add-ons.
  3. Choose Upload Plugin.
  4. Choose Browse to find the plugin file you wish to install from your hard drive and select it, or enter a network location by URL.
  5. Choose Upload.
    The plugin will be uploaded to Confluence and will be automatically installed.
  6. Check the list of user-installed plugins to ensure that the add-on is available.
  7. Enable the plugin if necessary. (Some plugins will be enabled by default when they are installed. Others will have to be manually enabled from the 'Manage Add-ons' page.)

Finding more Language Packs

Showing User Interface Key Names for Translation

This feature is useful if you are working on creating translations of the Confluence user interface. After opening the Confluence dashboard, you can add the following action to the end of your Confluence URL:

?i18ntranslate=on


For example http://myconfluencesite.com?i18ntranslate=on

This will cause each element of the user interface to display its special key name. This makes it easier to find the context for each key within the user interface. You can then search for the key on http://translations.atlassian.com where you can enter an appropriate translation for your custom language pack.

The key names are displayed with a 'lightning bolt' graphic. For example:

To turn off the translation view, add the following to the end of the Confluence URL:

?i18ntranslate=off

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