How to change system language on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux


The objective is to show how to switch system language on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: – Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
  • Software: – GNOME Shell 3.26.2 or higher


Administrative privileges may be required.


  • # – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Other Versions of this Tutorial

Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)


search for language settings

Use Activities menu to locate Region & Language icon and open it.

manage language settings

Hit Manage Installed Languages to confirm or install your desired language.

install new language

If your language is not installed yet, click on Install/Remove Languages button.

select language

Select your desired language for installation and click on Apply button.

enter password

Enter your password.

closer language settings

Close the windows.

apply language settings

Click on the current Language, locate your new installed language, select it and double-click to apply.

change language formats

To be complete you can also update Formats to your language. This will change formats of dates, currencies etc. Select Manage Installed Languages -> Regional Formats and select your language.

select language formats

Select your language.

search for language settings

If you wish to make this change system-wide hit the Apply System-Wide button. Once ready, close the window and hit the Restart button:

log out

Log out:

log in

Log in.

update directory names to new language

Change the main system directory names to the new language or keep the current ones:

language change done

All done.