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Changing the language

Material for MkDocs supports internationalization (i18n) and provides translations for template variables and labels in 60+ languages. Additionally, the site search can be configured to use a language-specific stemmer, if available.


Site language

1.12.0 en

You can set the site language in mkdocs.yml with:

  language: en # (1)!
  1. HTML5 only allows to set a single language per document, which is why Material for MkDocs only supports setting a canonical language for the entire project, i.e. one per mkdocs.yml.

    The easiest way to build a multi-language documentation is to create one project in a subfolder per language, and then use the language selector to interlink those projects.

The following languages are supported:

  1. ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Afrikaans af Complete
  2. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช Arabic ar Complete
  3. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenian hy Complete
  4. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Bahasa Malaysia ms 16 translations missing
  5. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Basque eu Complete
  6. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarusian be Complete
  7. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Bengali (Bangla) bn Complete
  8. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgarian bg Complete
  9. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Catalan ca Complete
  10. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Chinese (Simplified) zh Complete
  11. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Chinese (Taiwanese) zh-TW Complete
  12. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Chinese (Traditional) zh-Hant Complete
  13. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatian hr Complete
  14. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech cs Complete
  15. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Danish da Complete
  16. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Dutch nl Complete
  17. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ English en Complete
  18. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ Esperanto eo Complete
  19. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonian et Complete
  20. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finnish fi Complete
  21. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท French fr Complete
  22. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Galician gl Complete
  23. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช German de Complete
  24. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greek el Complete
  25. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Hebrew he Complete
  26. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Hindi hi Complete
  27. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungarian hu Complete
  28. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Icelandic is Complete
  29. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesian id Complete
  30. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italian it Complete
  31. ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japanese ja Complete
  32. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Kannada kn Complete
  33. ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท Korean ko Complete
  34. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ Kurdish (Soranรฎ) ku-IQ 13 translations missing
  35. ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuanian lt Complete
  36. ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ Luxembourgish lb Complete
  37. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Macedonian mk Complete
  38. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norwegian Bokmรฅl nb Complete
  39. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norwegian Nynorsk nn Complete
  40. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Persian (Farsi) fa Complete
  41. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Polish pl Complete
  42. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portuguese pt Complete
  43. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Portuguese (Brasilian) pt-BR Complete
  44. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romanian ro Complete
  45. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russian ru Complete
  46. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Sanskrit sa Complete
  47. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbian sr Complete
  48. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbo-Croatian sh 5 translations missing
  49. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovak sk Complete
  50. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenian sl Complete
  51. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spanish es Complete
  52. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Swedish sv Complete
  53. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Tamil ta Complete
  54. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Telugu te Complete
  55. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thai th Complete
  56. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkish tr Complete
  57. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukrainian uk Complete
  58. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Urdu ur Complete
  59. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Uzbek uz Complete
  60. ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Vietnamese vi Complete

Note that some languages will produce unreadable anchor links due to the way the default slug function works. Consider using a Unicode-aware slug function.

Translations missing? Help us out, it takes only 5 minutes

Material for MkDocs relies on outside contributions for adding and updating translations for the more than 60 languages it supports. If your language shows that some translations are missing, click on the link to add them. If your language is not in the list, click here to add a new language.

Site language selector


If your documentation is available in multiple languages, a language selector pointing to those languages can be added to the header. Alternate languages can be defined via mkdocs.yml.

    - name: English
      link: /en/ # (1)!
      lang: en
    - name: Deutsch
      link: /de/
      lang: de
  1. Note that this must be an absolute link. If it includes a domain part, it's used as defined. Otherwise the domain part of the site_url as set in mkdocs.yml is prepended to the link.

The following properties are available for each alternate language:


This value of this property is used inside the language selector as the name of the language and must be set to a non-empty string.


This property must be set to an absolute link, which might also point to another domain or subdomain not necessarily generated with MkDocs.


This property must contain an ISO 639-1 language code and is used for the hreflang attribute of the link, improving discoverability via search engines.

Language selector preview

Stay on page


Insiders improves the user experience when switching between languages, e.g., if language en and de contain a page with the same path name, the user will stay on the current page:     -> -> ->     -> -> ->

No configuration is necessary. We're working hard on improving multi-language support in 2024, including making switching between languages even more seamless in the future.



While many languages are read ltr (left-to-right), Material for MkDocs also supports rtl (right-to-left) directionality which is deduced from the selected language, but can also be set with:

  direction: ltr

Click on a tile to change the directionality:


Custom translations

If you want to customize some of the translations for a language, just follow the guide on theme extension and create a new partial in the overrides folder. Then, import the translations of the language as a fallback and only adjust the ones you want to override:

<!-- Import translations for language and fallback -->
{% import "partials/languages/de.html" as language %}
{% import "partials/languages/en.html" as fallback %} <!-- (1)! -->

<!-- Define custom translations -->
{% macro override(key) %}{{ {
  "": "Erstellt am", <!-- (2)! -->
  "": "Aktualisiert am"
}[key] }}{% endmacro %}

<!-- Re-export translations -->
{% macro t(key) %}{{
  override(key) or language.t(key) or fallback.t(key)
}}{% endmacro %}
  1. Note that en must always be used as a fallback language, as it's the default theme language.

  2. Check the list of available languages, pick the translation you want to override for your language and add them here.

  language: custom