Install a jDownloads Language Pack


Adding another language to jDownloads is a straight forward operation.
This article does not cover creating a new multilingual site or converting an existing 'single language' site to a multilingual site.
To make a  multilingual site please see the article Multilingual support (opens in a new tab/window).

In this article we will use loading the specific French language pack for jDownloads.

Install the Joomla! language

The first step however is to ensure that the relevant Joomla! language pack has been installed.  This is essential as otherwise Joomla! will not 'find' the non-core language packs! So select V4 button system - then - V4 button content lang. This will give a view like the one opposite.

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Now click the V4 button install languages blue.
This will open up a long list of all the available Joomla! languages for the Joomla! Administrator and the Joomla! Content views as shown opposite. 

So scroll down to the desired language, French in this case, and click on the install joomla lang06 button.

After a delay whilst the language is installed there will be a sutable message indicating completion.

If you scroll down again then you will see that there is now V4 button reinstallbutton for the French language, showing it has been installed.

install joomla lang02V4 lang joomla install0ZV4 msg lang install ok

Enable Content Languages

The last step is to ensure the new Content language is Enabled.  So click on V4 button content langand scroll down to see that the new language is enabled.V4 langs enabled

Install jD Language Pack

First please note that installing a language for jDownloads, or any other non core component,  does not use the Install Languages in the Extensions Manager.
That is just for installing languages for Joomla! itself.

Basically the process is to download the appropriate jDownloads language pack and then install as if it were a regular extension.

Also note that the same translations are used for both jDownloads 3.9 and jDownloads 4.x

Find jD Translation

The first step is to go to the jDownloads documentation site (opens in a new tab/window) and then click on the Translations menu item as illustrated opposite.
install joomla lang06A
The tranlations are for the jDownloads Component, all the modules and all the plugins

Note the restriction in red text - we are trying to resolve this.

The language files are listed below this message.
lang install 03

Just scroll down to find the required language and click on the Title of the required language.

As noted above, each language pack is a zip file with about 50 language files in it. These are for the component, modules and plugins that form jDownloads. We are very gratefull to the volunteer translators from all over the world for these translations.
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It is possible that some translations will be incomplete. What happens is that if a particular language string is missing then it uses the corresponding one from the English language pack.  From time to time you should recheck the jDownloads language files to see if they have been updated.
NB  If you are familar with English as well as your native language you might like to join, or even create, a language team to help finish.  Initially please contact us through the Forum.(opens in a new tab/window)

After selecting the required language, you will then see a list of the parts article similar to this one followed by a 'bar' indicating how much of each individual part has been translated as indicated opposite.
lang install 06

Download jD language

Scroll down to the lang install 07A button near the bottom of the page.
After clicking on the lang install 07 button, you will be able to Save the zip file in a suitable folder by clicking on the V4 button OK button.

Personally I use a folder called 'jD Language Files'.

Install jD language

The downloaded language pack is self installing.

So use the normal Install as you would for any extension as indicated opposite. Do NOT use the 'Install Languages'

Use V4 button systemV4 button content lang and then  V4 button install languages, locate the downloaded language file and load into the upload area.  The installation starts as usual.

You now have the specific jDownloads language files in place.
lang install 08V4 lang installed ok
For example, the French language files for the jD component, modules and plugins are then installed in 'administrator/language/fr-FR' files.

These are organised by the language codes so for example the French language file for the component would be in 'administrator/language/fr-FR/fr-FR.com_jdownloads.ini' and for say the Top Module as 'fr-FR.mod_jdownloads_top.ini' .

ColinM 28 September 2019, modified August 2020, June 2023

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