I am manually translating some language files from en-GB to ca-ES (just the front-ends). Once translated and properly renamed, I place them in language/ca-ES but they are not picked up by my Joomla system. Am I missing something? It's happening all the time, so I guess I am. Can you help? Thanks!


  • I assume you are either setting the default language to Spanish or have a language switcher option available?
    – Lodder
    Mar 12, 2015 at 16:50
  • Yes, also the files are saved as UTF-8 without BOM Mar 12, 2015 at 17:12
  • Did you enable the language file debug in BE? Mar 12, 2015 at 20:03
  • No, I haven't. I'll try it Valentin Mar 12, 2015 at 20:04

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Enable language debug to see what is going on.

The problem could be that your template has language override. So check your


folder to make sure.


Any typo, a missing or an unescaped link for example, will mean the whole file is ignored so you should check that. You can check if the file is being picked up, or not, with just a single entry of course. If it does work with a single simple entry then you have a typo somewhere in your full version.

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