Configuring Language

Installations with Omeka 2.x or Omeka 1.5

  • Open the config.ini file found in the folder '{omeka-root}/application/config' in a text editor
  • Look for the "Localization" section (it's right at the top), and the line in it that reads:
locale = ""
  • Fill in the two or four letter code for the language you wish to use (see the list above). It is case-sensitive and must match one of the codes exactly.

Available languages and codes

Below are listed the languages in which Omeka is available, along with the two or four letter codes that you will need to configure Omeka to use your language.

Languages for Omeka 2.x

A translation is considered "Complete" at 100%. Languages listed as "Nearly Complete" are between 90 and 99% translated. Translations of less than 25% are listed as "Started"

The statuses listed in the table are for the core Omeka code; coverage varies for plugins. To help translate Omeka, sign up for an account at Transifex and join our project (an account is required to view progress or contribute).

Language Code Status
Albanian (Albania) sq_AL Partial
Arabic ar Partial
Basque eu Started
Belarusian (Belarus) be_BY Nearly Complete
Bengali (Bangladesh) bn_BD Started
Bulgarian (Bulgaria) bg_BG Nearly Complete
Catalan (Spain) ca_ES Complete
Chinese (China) zh_CN Nearly Complete
Chinese (Taiwan) zn_TW Nearly Complete
Croatian hr Nearly Complete
Czech cs Nearly Complete
Danish (Denmark) da_DK Partial
Dutch (Belgium) nl_BE Nearly Complete
Dutch (Netherlands) nl_NL Nearly Complete
Estonian et Nearly Complete
Finnish (Finland) fi_FI Nearly Complete
French fr Complete
Galician gl Partial
German (Germany) de_DE Complete
Greek (Greece) el_GR Nearly Complete
Hebrew he Nearly Complete
Hungarian (Hungary) hu_HU Partial
Icelandic is Partial
Indonesian id Nearly Complete
Inuktitut iu Started
Italian it Nearly Complete
Japanese ja Partial
Korean (Korea) ko_KR Nearly Complete
Latvian (Latvia) lv_LV Partial
Lithuanian lt Partial
Macedonian (Macedonia) mk_MK Partial
Malay (Malaysia) ms_MY Started
Mongolian mn Complete
Norwegian Bokmal nb Nearly Complete
Occitan (post 1500) oc Complete
Polish pl Nearly Complete
Portuguese (Brazil) pt_BR Complete
Portuguese (Portugal) pt_PT Complete
Romanian ro Nearly Complete
Russian ru Nearly Complete
Serbian (Serbia) sr_RS Complete
Slovenian (Slovenia) sl_Sl Started
Spanish es Complete
Spanish (Colombia) es_CO Nearly Complete
Swedish (Sweden) sv_SE Complete
Tamil ta Started
Thai th Partial
Turkish (Turkey) tr_TR Nearly Complete
Ukrainian uk Partial
Uzbek (Latin) uz@Ltn Started
Welsh (United Kingdom) cy_GB Nearly Complete


Upgrading from Omeka 1.4.x or lower

The config files before Omeka 1.5 do not contain the "Localization" section discussed above. You will therefore need to either copy over the new config file shipped with Omeka 1.5 or, if you have made changes to your config.ini file, just copy-and-paste the section from the new config file to your current one.