How to change the language in Magento 2?

Any online content should be presented to users in their native language where Magento store is no exception. For this, you may need to change default language settings.

Magento default language

All the storefront information and the Admin Panel navigation are rendered by Magento 2 in English (en_US) by default. However, the catalog of default languages depends on Magento version and edition you install. In case you set a different language either on the frontend or backend, you can implement other dictionaries for translation.
There are at least 3 ways you can apply new dictionaries:

  • the language package provided with Magento 2 basic functions;
  • make up your own language package (the process is a part of your store localizing);
  • get packages from the community.

A basic Magento language package includes:

  • .csv file includes the language dictionary;
  • composer.json file includes dependencies and mapping for the language package;
  • language.xml file is used for declaring a language package and inheritance rules establishment.

Magento 2 change frontend language

Let’s assume you need to change the default language settings of the platform. What is the first thing you do?

  • Log in to the Admin Panel;
  • Navigate to the Stores > Configuration:

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  • Choose Default Config, then the language for the Main Website/ Main Website Store:

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  • Select one of the offered languages in the drop-down menu and click the OK and Save Config buttons.

Magento 2 change backend language

  • Log in to your Admin Panel;
  • Go to the System> All Users:

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  • Click admin and navigate to Interface Locale drop-down menu:

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  • Choose a desired language, click the Save User button and Flush Cache.
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