I want the QGIS interface in English, in order to share information with the GIS community. Using another language, when chatting with the GIS community, makes things more difficult. When I installed QGIS, it automatically set the language to French. It's very frustrating not having the opportunity to select my preferred language.

I am using Windows XP in French, but I want QGIS in English.

  • It helps to me also from croatian language to english :-)
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  • The question about changing the language from French to English in 2012 has been viewed 11210 times. It is now the end of 2015 and still a Basic English version is unavailable to download! I know this tool is available due to the goodwill of many but heck French is long winded and well Chinese might be of more use to a larger population... I'm trying to force the language change option but not sure that when I reopen QGIS that it will have stuck. Really disappointed.
    – MsMesem
    Dec 1 '15 at 20:12

Sure, just go to the options dialog:

Préférences->Options->Langue (Settings->Options->Locale)

Check Forcer la nationalité du système (Override system locale) and set you language in there.

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    In QGIS 3.0 the "Override system locale" can be found under "Settings -> Options -> General" right at the top
    – knutella
    Mar 23 '18 at 15:13

No need to uninstall QGIS.

All QGIS settings are stored in the registry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\QuantumGIS\QGIS\

If you look for the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\QuantumGIS\QGIS\locale you will see it has a overrideFlag and userLocale setting. Make sure that overrideFlag is set to false.

You can also start QGIS with a command line arg to tell it which language to use:

qgis.bat --lang en_US

Once you are in QGIS head to Settings -> Options -> Locale and make sure override system locale is unticked and that the additional info section gives you the correct language, mine is en_AU for example.


I found it... Options/Local then Override system local... :)


Settings (or extra) --> options --> Locale --> (click to override) then chose language --> restart the programme to apply the new settings

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