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Today, we are going to see how to easily change the display language of your Debian system. Nothing complicated, with just a few commands, you will be able to change the current used language to another one.

The commands can be used under Debian 8 Jessie or Debian 7 Wheezy and any other older version.

Getting Started

First of all, you may check the current used display language with this command:

env | grep LANG

If your display language is English, you may get output similar to these ones:

LANG=en_US.UTF-8
GDM_LANG=en_US.UTF-8

Let's now change the system language. Run simply these commands:

su - 
dpkg-reconfigure locales

A blue window will show up, select the preferred language you want to use and hit the Space bar to select it:


Select again your preferred language and press Enter:



Reboot your system so that changes take effect..

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