How to Change LibreOffice Language and Spell Check on Ubuntu

If you want to use a different or additional language in LibreOffice, that language pack must be installed separately. In this tutorial, you will learn how to change the language for LibreOffice, and you’ll also see the steps for configuring the spell check feature to work with your language of choice.

The steps below have been performed on Ubuntu Linux, but should also work on a variety of other Linux distros. The new language and spell check features will work for the entire LibreOffice suite: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base, Math, and Charts.

Change LibreOffice Language

Step 1. Open up your LibreOffice application. In this example, we will change the language in LibreOffice Writer. Once open, click on Tools > Options.

Opening the Options panel in LibreOffice

Step 2. Next, click on Language Settings > Languages. In this menu, you can change the interface language of LibreOffice, or change the default language for documents.

The Languages menu inside LibreOffice Options

Step 3. If you only want the language settings to apply to the current document you have opened, be sure to check the box “For the current document only.”

Languages menu showing the optional checkbox for current document only

Hit OK to save your changes and continue editing your document when done.

Step 4. You can set the language for a selection, paragraph, or all text through the Tools > Languages menu. Setting the language for a section of text will allow you to get spell check and auto correction for that language.

Tools menu showing the language selection options

Installing Additional Languages

If you don’t see your desired language listed in LibreOffice, you will need to install the relevant language pack (instructions below).

You may also need to install a spell check package for your target language. You will know whether or not the necessary spell check package is installed if you can see the spell check logo (the letter A and a checkmark) next to a language (screenshot below).

Spell check options menu in LibreOffice

Execute the relevant command below to install the desired language and spell check features. Afterwards, restart LibreOffice and the language should now be available.

Note: Some languages have more packages that can be installed than others. Here is what each package is:

  • libreoffice-110n = LibreOffice language package
  • hunspell/myspell = spell check package
  • hyphen = hyphenated patterns for LibreOffice
  • lightproof = grammar checking package
  • libreoffice-help = help menus in target language
  • mythes = thesaurus suggestions for language
Language Install Command
Afrikaans sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-af hunspell-af
Amharic sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-am
Arabic sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ar hunspell-ar
Assamese sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-as
Asturian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ast
Belarusian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-be hunspell-be
Bulgarian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-bg hunspell-bg hyphen-bg
Bengali sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-bn hunspell-bn hyphen-bn
Breton sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-br hunspell-br
Bosnian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-bs hunspell-bs
Catalan sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ca hunspell-ca hyphen-ca libreoffice-help-ca mythes-ca
Czech sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-cs hunspell-cs hyphen-cs libreoffice-help-cs mythes-cs
Welsh sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-cy hunspell-cy
Danish sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-da hunspell-da hyphen-da libreoffice-help-da mythes-da
German sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-de hunspell-de-de hyphen-de libreoffice-help-de mythes-de
Dzongkha sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-dz hunspell-dz libreoffice-help-dz
Greek sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-el hunspell-el hyphen-el libreoffice-help-el
English (British) sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-en-gb hunspell-en-gb hyphen-en-gb libreoffice-lightproof-en libreoffice-help-en-gb
English (South African) sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-en-za hunspell-en-za hyphen-en-gb libreoffice-lightproof-en
Esperanto sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-eo myspell-eo
Spanish sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-es hunspell-es hyphen-es libreoffice-help-es mythes-es
Estonian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-et myspell-et
Basque sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-eu hunspell-eu libreoffice-help-eu
Farsi sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-fa myspell-fa
Finnish sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-fi hyphen-fi libreoffice-voikko libreoffice-help-fi
French sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-fr hunspell-fr hyphen-fr libreoffice-help-fr mythes-fr
Gaelic sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ga myspell-ga hyphen-ga
Scottish Gaelic sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-gd hunspell-gd
Galician sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-gl hunspell-gl hyphen-gl libreoffice-help-gl mythes-gl
Gujarati sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-gu hunspell-gu hyphen-gu
Guarani sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-gug hunspell-gug mythes-gug
Hebrew sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-he hunspell-he
Hindi sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-hi hunspell-hi hyphen-hi libreoffice-help-hi
Croatian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-hr hunspell-hr hyphen-hr
Hungarian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-hu hunspell-hu hyphen-hu libreoffice-lightproof-hu libreoffice-help-hu mythes-hu
Indonesian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-id hunspell-id hyphen-id libreoffice-help-id mythes-id
Indics sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-in
Icelandic sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-is hunspell-is hyphen-is mythes-is
Italian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-it hunspell-it hyphen-it libreoffice-help-it mythes-it
Japanese sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ja libreoffice-help-ja
Georgian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ka
Kazakh sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-kk hunspell-kk
Khmer sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-km libreoffice-help-km
Kurmanji sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-kmr hunspell-kmr
Kannada sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-kn hyphen-kn
Korean sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ko hunspell-ko libreoffice-help-ko
Lithuanian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-lt hunspell-lt hyphen-lt
Latvian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-lv hunspell-lv hyphen-lv mythes-lv
Macedonian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-mk
Malayalam sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ml hunspell-ml hyphen-ml
Mongolian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-mn hunspell-mn hyphen-mn
Marathi sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-mr
Norwegian Bokmal sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-nb myspell-nb
Nepalese sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ne hunspell-ne hyphen-ne
Dutch sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-nl hunspell-nl hyphen-nl libreoffice-help-nl
Norwegian Nynorsk sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-nn myspell-nn
Ndebele sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-nr myspell-nr
Northern Sotho sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-nso
Occitan sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-oc hunspell-oc
Oromo sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-om
Odia sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-or hyphen-or
Punjabi sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-pa-in
Polish sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-pl hunspell-pl hyphen-pl libreoffice-help-pl mythes-pl
Portuguese sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-pt hunspell-pt-pt hyphen-pt-pt libreoffice-help-pt mythes-pt-pt
Portuguese Brazilian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-pt-br hunspell-pt-br hyphen-pt-br libreoffice-lightproof-pt-br libreoffice-help-pt-br
Romanian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ro hunspell-ro hyphen-ro mythes-ro
Russian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ru hunspell-ru hyphen-ru libreoffice-help-ru mythes-ru
Kinarwanda sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-rw
Sinhala sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-si hunspell-si
Slovak sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-sk hunspell-sk hyphen-sk libreoffice-help-sk mythes-sk
Slovenian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-sl hunspell-sl hyphen-sl libreoffice-help-sl mythes-sl
Serbian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-sr hunspell-sr hyphen-sr
Swazi sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ss myspell-ss
Southern Sotho sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-st myspell-st
Swedish sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-sv hunspell-sv hyphen-sv libreoffice-help-sv mythes-sv
Upper Silesian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-szl
Tamil sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ta hyphen-ta
Telugu sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-te hunspell-te hyphen-te
Tajik sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-tg
Thai sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-th hunspell-th
Tswana sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-tn myspell-tn
Turkish sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-tr hunspell-tr libreoffice-help-tr
Tsonga sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ts myspell-ts
Uighur sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ug
Ukrainian sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-uk hunspell-uk hyphen-uk mythes-uk
Uzbek sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-uz hunspell-uz
Venda sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-ve myspell-ve
Vietnamese sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-vi hunspell-vi libreoffice-help-vi
Xhosa sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-xh myspell-xh
Chinese Simplified sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-zh-cn libreoffice-help-zh-cn
Chinese Traditional sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-zh-tw libreoffice-help-zh-tw
Zulu sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-zu myspell-zu

If one of the above commands doesn’t work for you, or you needed to install additional packages to get your LibreOffice working in your language as expected, please drop a comment below so we can update our commands.

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