Change Locale for Jira server

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Some of the functionalities in JIRA depends on the locale that is set for the JAVA environment. For example the function startOfWeek in JIRA JQL Queries (Advanced Searching). The default value of locale settings will be picked up from the locale settings set in the operating system.

Changing the Locale

In order to change the locale settings the recommended way is to add the additional arguments user.language and to the JVM parameters. The details steps for adding the parameters to JIRA  is explained in this article - Setting Properties and Options on Startup

An example for setting the locale to Germany is given below:


(info) The Internationalization: Understanding Locale in the Java Platform documentation from Oracle contains further information on the different codes to be set for language and country codes.

Commonly used Locales

Commonly used language codes:

Language Code
Arabic ar
German de
English en
Spanish es
Japanese ja
Hebrew he

Examples of commonly used Country codes:

Country Code
United States US
Australia AU
Canada CA
France FR
Japan JP
Germany DE

Last modified on Sep 25, 2019

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