Create Language Overrides in Joomla 5

Joomla is a popular content management system (CMS) that allows you to create and manage websites. One of the great features of Joomla is the ability to create language overrides. This means that you can change the text of your website for different languages.

Why Create Language Overrides?

There are a few reasons why you might want to create an override language for your Joomla website. First, if you have a multilingual audience, it is important to provide your website in their native language. This will make it easier for them to understand your content and navigate your website.

Second, even if you do not have a multilingual audience, you may still want to create language overrides for certain words or phrases. For example, you might want to change the text of a button or a label.

Understanding Language Overrides in Joomla

How to Create Language Overrides in Joomla 5

If you are using Joomla 5, it is easy to create an override language. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Extensions > Language Manager > Overrides.
  2. Click on the "New" button.
  3. In the "Language Constant" field, enter the language constant that you want to override.
  4. In the "Text" field, enter the new text that you want to display.
  5. Click on the "Save & Close" button.

Create Language Overrides in Joomla 5

For example, to override the language constant for the "Submit" button, you would enter the following:

Text: User login

This would change the text of the "User Login" button to "User Login".

Additional Tips

  • You can use the "Search" field to find the language constant that you want to override.
  • You can use placeholders in the "Text" field, such as %s, %d, or %1$s. These placeholders will be replaced by other texts before displaying.
  • You can override language strings for both the frontend and the backend.


Creating language overrides is a great way to customize your Joomla website for different languages. By following the steps in this blog, you can easily create language overrides for your website.