How to Add Store Languages in PrestaShop 1.6.x

PrestaShop is able to work with many languages – one default language, and many more are available to add/download. 

For adding new language you should do the following steps.

Step 1. Log into your admin panel.

Step 2. Go to Localization -> Languages and click the Add new button.

The currently enabled language(s) have a green “Yes”, while the others have a red “No”. Click on a “Yes” to disable the selected language; click on a “No” to enable it back.

Step 3. Fill in the language settings form with your data:

  • Name – the public title of your language. 
  • ISO code – enter the required 2-letter.  
  • Language code – enter the required 4-letter language code, in the form xx-yy, xx being the language ISO code (same as above), and yy the country ISO code. 
  • Date format – indicate the date format tied to your language. 
  • Date format (full) – same as the date format above, but including the hour-minute format. 
  • Flag – upload an image of the flag. It should be 16×11 pixels. 
  • Status – enable or disable a new language.

Step 4. Click the Save button to confirm adding.

After saving other language, each back office text-field is accompanied with a language code selector, which indicates the current language.

Go to your shop’s front-office and click on the flags at the top. Customers can now select an additional language by using these icons.


After adding new language you can import its language pack from “Translations” page, under the “Localization” menu (use the “Import a language pack manually” tool) or can translate its yourself.

Step 5. Go to Localization ->Translations. Select the part of the current translation that you wish to edit: First, select a type of translation (such as “Back-office” or “Installed modules”), then select your theme and finally select the language you want to translate strings in.  

Step 6. Click the Modify.
 By default, only the fields which have untranslated strings are open. If you wish to open them all, click on the button on the top left twice: once to close all of them, once more to expand them all. You can open and close fields one by one by clicking on its title.

Editing a translation is easy:

  • Open a fieldset,
  • Edit its content,
  • Click on either the “Save and Stay” button to save while and keep translating more for this category, or on the “Save” button to save and return to the main “Translations” page.

Now you have multilingual store.