How to Change Joomla Admin Language

Learn how to set the Joomla admin page to your desired language

This tutorial explains how to change the language of your Joomla admin panel. Note, that you can have multiple languages installed and alter the settings per user.

To begin, first login to your Joomla admin area. Next, go to Extensions -> Languages -> Installed to open the list of installed languages for your site.

On this page you will see all available languages. On a default installation, you should only see English. To add more translations, press the Install Language button in the top left part of the page.

You will now see a list of the available translations that your Joomla app will get from the official Joomla Extensions Directory. This means that those packages are safe and you can securely use them. Since Joomla is a open source application, those translations are community driven. This means that you may see notices that they are incomplete and some of them might really be.

To proceed, select a language (the search function is really handy here) and press the Install button. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will change the language for the admin area to Bulgarian.

In a few seconds, the new language pack will be installed into your application. Now, you simply have to make it default for the part of the website you want to. In our case, we want to change the admin area language. Go to the Extensions -> Languages -> Installed tab again and click on the button with a star icon next to the language you want to set to default (in our case - Bulgarian).

That's it, your Joomla admin panel will now work in the newly installed and selected language.