MyBB Documentation


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Configuration: Languages

From MyBB's Admin CP, you can manage all of the files of any language you have installed on your board, as long as the language files on your board are CHMODed correctly. You can edit the properties of a language, edit the language variables, or edit with another (or the same) language.


Configuration: Language Files Listing

When you choose to Edit Language Variables or to Edit with another language, you will be displayed a list of all of the front end and Admin CP files that are stored for that language. These are separated into two tables, Front End and Admin CP, for maximum usability.

You can then select "Edit" for any language file, which will bring up the appropriate page, depending on whether or not you are editing the language file with another language.

Configuration: Edit Language Variables

This method allows you to edit the language variables directly, without reference to another language. All that will be shown is the string name (the text used to reference this language string) and the contents of the string (editable, what will be returned when the language string is used). When you have finished making the changes to the language file, select "Save Language File," which will return you to the file listing page.

Configuration: Edit Language Variables with another language

In the options menu for a language, you will see, for instance, "Edit With English (American)." This allows you to edit the language files with the contents of the other language also displayed, allowing for easy translation. There will be one option for each language in the menu, substituting "English (American)" with the name of the language itself. Note that you can edit a language with the same language, meaning, for instance, you can edit English (American) with English (American) - the current contents of the language file will be displayed in addition to the field you are editing.

When editing a file, you will see the string from the other language on the left, with the one you are editing on the right. At the top of each column is the name of the language that is being shown. You can see the language string name (the text used to reference this language string) in both columns, as well as the differing contents fields. It should be noted that only the language you are editing can be edited; the language you are referencing (the one you are "editing with") cannot be edited from this page; it is only there for reference.

Configuration: Edit Language Properties
Friendly Name 
Name of language
Language in <html> tag 
The language inside the <html> tag for the forum. This is so the browser can appropriately recognize what language is being used.
Character Set 
The set of characters that should be used for this language.
Is this a right-to-left (RTL) language?
Contains Admin CP language variables 
Does this language contain variables for the Admin CP?

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