I've got a multisite which I installed in Dutch.
Therefore English and Dutch are available in the general settings tab.
But I need to add German and French.
I can't select any other language from the drop down.

And if I add a language in the wp-config.php it just gives a notice without any direction.

Of course I googled but I can't seem to find anything useful.

How can I active an other language and download the .PO/.MO files?

3 Answers 3

  1. The easiest way for me is to change language settings for main blog multiple times (as mach as many languages I need) and WordPress will load these languages automatically.
  2. And after that I go to Update page and update language packages (loads languages for themes, plugins, etc.)
  • Yes WP will automatic download it when changing the lanuage settings. This was not the case back in 2014
    – janw
    Commented May 2, 2020 at 18:55

So what you should do is head over to https://translate.wordpress.org/projects/wp/dev

And download the language .mo files, and copy them to your wp-content/languages/ folder.

This should allow you to select other languages.

  • Where can I download? I don't see a link to a .mo or any files.
    – janw
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 13:26
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    I see it now Below is an export
    – janw
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 13:28
  • Now I see have DE and can select it from the dropdown but I still miss a lot and the updater does not see anything missing even after forcing it to check.
    – janw
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 13:31

To make it clearer:

  • go to https://translate.wordpress.org/projects/wp/dev (as explained by @Bordoni)
  • choose your language
  • scroll to the bottom of the page
  • select export (both .po and .mo)
  • put those files (rename them to the isocode, like fr_FR.po and fr_FR.mo) in wp-content/languages/

It felt complex to me to find that information somewhere in the standard WordPress documentation site.

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