Understanding Language Overrides in Joomla

In the realm of content management systems, Joomla stands out for its user-friendliness and multilingual capabilities. While Joomla provides default translations for various languages, there may be instances where these translations don't align perfectly with your website's content or brand voice. This is where language overrides come into play.

What are Language Overrides?

A way to modify the default language strings in Joomla without having to edit the language files themselves. This is particularly useful for situations where you only need to make a few changes to the default translations.

To create a language override, you will need to access the Language Manager in the Joomla administrator dashboard. Once in the Language Manager, you can select the language that you want to override and then click on the "Overrides" tab.

On the "Overrides" tab, you will be able to see a list of all of the language strings that have been overridden for the selected language. You can also search for specific strings by entering the string into the search bar at the top of the page.

To create a new language override, click on the "New" button in the toolbar. This will open a new window where you can enter the language constant, the text that you want to override, and the language tag.

The language constant is the identifier for the language string that you want to override. The text is the new text that you want to replace the default translation with. The language tag specifies the language that the override should apply to.

Once you have entered all of the required information, click on the "Save" button to save the language override. The override will then be applied to your website and the new text will be displayed instead of the default translation.

Benefits of Using Language Overrides

There are several benefits to using it in Joomla. These benefits include:

  • Easy to use: Language overrides are relatively easy to create and manage. You do not need to have any coding knowledge to create.
  • Flexible: Language overrides allow you to modify any language string in Joomla. This means that you can customize the text of your website to your specific needs.
  • Safe: Language overrides do not overwrite the original language files. This means that you can always revert to the default translations if needed.

When to Use Language Overrides

Language overrides are a valuable tool for customizing the language of your Joomla website. However, it's important to use them judiciously to avoid unnecessary complexity or potential conflicts with future Joomla updates.

Ideal Situations

  • Minor Adjustments: Well-suited for making minor changes to default language translations, such as correcting typos, adapting phrases to your brand voice, or tailoring specific terms to your target audience.
  • Testing Translations: If you're unsure about the appropriateness of a particular translation, This provides a convenient way to test different options and gather feedback without affecting the core language files.
  • Temporary Changes: They are useful for making temporary changes to language translations, such as adapting website content for a specific event or campaign.


Language overrides are a powerful tool that can be used to customize the language of your Joomla website. If you need to make a few changes to the default language translations, language overrides are a quick and easy way to do so.