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The choice of languages is a feature that allows changing languages for people who are not familiar with English. The language menu is accessible via a button in the main menu to the left of the options button, and from the options menu.

Previously, language packs were needed in order to change the in game language. Language packs are obsolete, due to the official implementation of other languages.

Each language also has a font, although most languages share the same font.[1]

Available languages[edit]

As of version 1.5.1, there are 62 languages, which are, in the order they appear in the menu:

# Name Language Locale Code Official language in Added in
1 Afrikaans Afrikaans af_ZA South Africa 12w01a (1.1)
2 اللغة العربية Arabic ar_SA North Africa + Middle East 12w01a (1.1)
3 Asturianu Asturian as_ES Spain Unknown
4 Български Bulgarian bg_BG Bulgaria 11w49a (1.1)
5 Català Catalan ca_ES Spain (Catalonia) & Andorra 12w01a (1.1)
6 Čeština Czech cs_CZ Czech Republic 11w49a (1.1)
7 Cymraeg Welsh cy_GB Wales 11w49a (1.1)
8 Dansk Danish da_DK Denmark, Faroe Islands. 11w49a (1.1)
9 Deutsch German de_DE Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Belgium. 11w49a (1.1)
10 Ελληνικά Greek el_GR Greece, Cyprus. 12w01a (1.1)
11 Australian English Australian English en_AU Australia 12w21b (1.3.1)
12 Canadian English Canadian English en_CA Canada 11w49a (1.1)
13 English (UK) British English en_GB Great Britain, Australia, India, Singapore, Ireland... 11w49a (1.1)
14 Pirate Speak (PIRATE) Pirate English en_PT None (Web language) 12w01a (1.1)
15 English (US) American English en_US USA Pre 0.0.0
16 Esperanto (Mondo) Esperanto eo_UY Constructed language (International) 12w05a (1.2)
17 Español (Ar) Argentinian Spanish es_AR Argentina 11w49a (1.1)
18 Español (Es) Spanish es_ES Spain 11w49a (1.1)
19 Español (Me) Mexican Spanish es_MX Mexico 1.1
20 Español (Ur) Uruguayan Spanish es_UY Uruguay 1.1
21 Español (Ve) Venezuelan Spanish es_VE Venezuela 12w01a (1.1)
22 Eesti Estonian et_EE Estonia 11w49a (1.1)
23 Euskara Basque eu_ES Spain (Basque Country) & France 12w01a (1.1)
24 Suomi Finnish fi_FI Finland 11w49a (1.1)
25 Français (Fr) French fr_FR France, Belgium, Monaco, Switzerland, .... 11w49a (1.1)
26 Français (Ca) Canadian French fr_CA Canada 11w49a (1.1)
27 Gaeilge Irish ga_IE Ireland 12w21b (1.3.1)
28 Galego Galician gl_ES Galicia (Spain) 1.1
29 עברית Hebrew he_IL Israel 11w49a (1.1)
30 हिन्दी Hindi hi_IN India 1.1
31 Hrvatski Croatian hr_HR Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina 11w49a (1.1)
32 Magyar Hungarian hu_HU Hungary 11w49a (1.1)
33 Հայերեն Armenian hy_AM Armenia 13w38c (1.7)
34 Bahasa Indonesia Indonesian id_ID Indonesia 12w21b (1.3.1)
35 Íslenska Icelandic is_IS Iceland 11w49a (1.1)
36 Italiano Italian it_IT Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City State. 11w49a (1.1)
37 日本語 Japanese ja_JP Japan 11w49a (1.1)
38 ქართული Georgian ka_GE Georgia 12w01a (1.1)
39 한국어 Korean ko_KR South Korea and North Korea 11w49a (1.1)
40 Kernowek Cornwall kw_GB Cornwall 13w02a (1.5)
41 Lingua Latina Latin la_VA Vatican (no native speakers, was the language of Roman Empire during Antiquity) 13w38c (1.7)
42 Lëtzebuergesch Luxembourgish lb_LU Luxembourg 13w38c (1.7)
43 Lietuvių Lithuanian lt_LT Lithuania 11w49a (1.1)
44 Latviešu Latvian lv_LV Latvia 12w01a (1.1)
45 Bahasa Melayu Malay ms_MY Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei 12w01a (1.1)
46 Malti Maltese mt_MT Malta 12w07a (1.2)[2]
47 Nederlands Dutch nl_NL The Netherlands, Belgium, Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Suriname. 11w49a (1.1)
48 Norsk Nynorsk Norwegian nb_NO Norway 11w49a (1.1)
49 Norsk Norwegian no_NO Norway 11w49a (1.1)[3]
50 Occitan Occitan cc_CT Occitania (Val d'Aran in Spain, southern tier of France, several alpine valleys of Piedmont) 13w38c (1.7)
51 Polski Polish pl_PL Poland 11w49a (1.1)
52 Português (Br) Brazilian Portuguese pt_BR Brazil 11w49a (1.1)
53 Portuguese (Po) Portuguese pt_PT Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, .... 11w49a (1.1)
54 Quenya Quenya (High Elvish) qya_AA Constructed language (Lord of the Rings: Valinor, Lindon and Rivendell) 1.1
55 Română Romanian ro_RO Romania, Moldova 12w01a (1.1)
56 Русский Russian ru_RU Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, .... 11w49a (1.1)
57 Slovenčina Slovak sk_SK Slovakia 12w01a (1.1)
58 Slovenščina Slovenian sl_SI Slovenia 11w49a (1.1)
59 Српски Serbian sr_RS Serbia (Kosovo), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro. 12w01a (1.1)
60 Svenska Swedish sv_SE Sweden, Finland. 11w49a (1.1)
61 ภาษาไทย Thai th_TH Thailand 12w01a (1.1)
62 tlhIngan Hol Klingon tlh_AA Constructed language (Star Trek: the Klingon Empire) 12w01a (1.1)
63 Türkçe Turkish tr_TR Turkey 11w49a (1.1)
64 Українська Ukrainian uk_UA Ukraine, Transnistria. 12w01a (1.1)
65 Valencià Valencian va_ES Spain Unknown
66 Tiếng Việt Vietnamese vi_VN Vietnam 1.1
67 简体中文 Chinese (Simplified) zh_CH China, Singapore 11w49a (1.1)
68 繁體中文 Chinese (Traditional) zh_TW Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau. 12w01a (1.1)

Upcoming languages[edit]

Upcoming and still-in-progress translations are listed on the official Minecraft translation project page


Here is a table that summarizes the modifications of languages through the updates:

Version Added Removed Total
Release Snapshot
1.1 11w49a 35 - 36
12w01a 17 3 50
(1.1 release) 6 - 56
1.2.1 12w05a 1 - 57
12w07a 1 - 58
1.3.1 12w21b 3 - 61
1.5 13w02a 2 1 62
1.7.2 13w38c 4 - 66

Removed languages[edit]

Name Language Official language in Added in Removed in Reason
Deutsch (Ös) Austrian German Austria 11w49a (1.1) 12w01a (1.1) Unknown (probably because Austrian German mostly equals standard German)
Español (La) Latino-American Spanish South America 11w49a (1.1) 12w01a (1.1) Replaced by Argentinian, Mexican, Venezuelan, and Uruguayan Spanish translations.
Norsk Bokmål Norwegian Norway 11w49a (1.1) 13w02a (1.5) Added 'Norsk' (no_NO) instead.

Bugs and inaccuracies[edit]

  • Some languages use Unicode fonts when they should not (example: Spanish doesn't, but French does, even though the standard font contains all French characters).
  • In some languages, the text is too long and overflows the button it is written on.
  • Splash texts are not translated and therefore always show up in English regardless of language setting.
    • As of 1.6.1, you can use a custom (not just translated) splash text by using a resource pack.
  • Minecraft's language option is only for text display. In some languages (such as Chinese, Japanese and so on) players cannot input text in their languages. This is because Minecraft doesn't support the Input method of the language. Some users can still use Mods which support it.
  • Some in-game messages are not translated to any languages other than English.[4]
  • If the language is set to Spanish ( Mexico ) and you go into Controls, the game will crash. This only happens in 12w18a.


  • Minecraft is available in three constructed languages: Esperanto (devised as an international language and spoken fluently by around 100,000 people worldwide), Klingon (an alien language from Star Trek devised by linguist Marc Okrand), and Quenya (one of the Elvish languages devised by J.R.R. Tolkien). It is also available in the joke "language" of Pirate Speak, which is English written in the way a stereotypical pirate talks. Australian English also pokes fun and humorous stereotypes such as naming furnaces "Barbies", slang for barbeques, calling creepers "Bunyips" or calling a Minecart a 'Holden', Holden being General Motors' marque for cars sold in Australia. In Argentinian Spanish there are many local words too, for example, "benchmarking" achievement is called "a laburar" (laburar means to work). Also, Latin was added in 1.7.2
  • It is possible to add a custom language pack by modifying the minecraft.jar file, or, as of 13w16a, copying it to the assets/lang folder. In 1.6.1 (13w24a), this functionality was added to resource packs.

See also[edit]


  1. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean shares the use of Han characters. See wikipedia:CJK Unified Ideographs.
  2. Maltese added in 11w49a but removed in 12w01a. It's re-added in 12w07a.
  3. File 'no_NO.lang' is found in 11w49a, but it's not selectable from language menu. no_NO is added to language menu in 13w02a.
  4. MC-5002 - Some texts can't be translated in a language file