JIRA is now available as three separate applications, JIRA Software, JIRA Service Desk, and JIRA Core. For more information on administering these applications, refer to the Administering JIRA Applications documentation.

Choosing a Default Language


Most user-visible pages in JIRA are now internationalized. Chinese, Czech, Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Japanese, Slovak and Spanish translations are available (at time of writing), with more in development.

When JIRA is first installed, the default language may be chosen by clicking on a flag:

On this page:

Changing the default language

  1. Log in as a user with the 'JIRA Administrators' global permission.
  2. Choose > System. Select General Configuration to open the Administration page.
    (tick) Keyboard shortcut: 'g' + 'g' + start typing 'general configuration'
  3. Click the 'Edit Configuration' button at the end of the page, then select the appropriate language in the dropdown box next to 'Default language'.

    Any additional languages you have installed will appear in the list. See Translating JIRA.

Per-user language selection

Individual users can choose their own language, which will override the default language (see above).

Overriding the default translations of Issue Types, Resolutions, Statuses and Priorities

Should you wish, you can easily specify your own translations for the values of the following JIRA issue fields:

  • Issue Type
  • Priority
  • Status
  • Resolution

Your specified translations will override the values specified in the JIRA translation.

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  1. User avatar



    All of that is good indeed... but how do you make different languages available to a user for pages displayed BEFORE login like these ?




    We tried postpending ?lang=en without success... A.R.

    14 Sep 2011
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    In JIRA On Demand I only have US Language listed (default) with no options to add any other languages.   Where can I add languages?  Eg. French....

    04 Sep 2012
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      Lingbo Lu [Atlassian]

      Hi there,

      OnDemand only supports English (U.S.) as shown on this FAQ: Are alternative languages available for Atlassian OnDemand? 

      01 Nov 2012
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    David Skreiner

    I'd suggest installing only the English language pack, no matter where your company is located.

    a) If you work with international partners, you want the English UI.
    b) Having several languages installed makes it very difficult for your JIRA admins or IT support people to tell users which button to press.

    c) If you work in a multinational team, it still makes sense to force everyone to use the English-language UI in order to prevent confusion.

    d) Even if the user sets their UI language to something else, the language that JIRA was installed in keeps popping up after they re-log, so you'll often see e.g. German buttons even if JIRA is set to English UI.

    05 Mar 2015
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    Ivan Skiridomov

    I have clean install JIRA 6.4 on Ubuntu. But I did not see flags option to choose default language. I cant choose Russian language after setup. In admin panel i see only (English, French, Deutsch, Spain and China (may be)) No russian or any other language that I see on this page. What I did wrong ? How I can translate my JIRA to Russian ?

    04 Apr 2015
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