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In my recent blog about ABAP development tools version 2.19 I wrote that we now provide some language packages for the ABAP tools. That means you can now switch the language of your eclipse to one of the following languages:

  • English        (Locale en)
  • German       (Locale de)
  • French         (Locale fr)
  • Russian       (Locale ru)
  • Spanish       (Locale es)
  • Portuguese (Locale pt)
  • Japanese    (Locale ja)
  • Chinese       (Locale zh )

In this blog I will give you an End to End description how you can setup your eclipse so that you are able to switch the language.

Step1 : Update your eclipse IDE to ADT version 2.19 via the Update site or via the SMP download package

Step2 : Open eclipse and enter the eclipse language package update site via the menu Help->Install New Software…


Enter the update site in the “Work with” input field of the installation popup.

For Eclipse Kepler choose:

For Eclipse Juno choose:

Step3: Open the node “Babel Language Packs for eclipse” in the tree and mark the language pack that you need:


Click the “Next Button” two times to go on and accept the license agreement.

Eclipse now starts with the installation of the packages.

After the installation you will be prompted to restart the IDE.

Step 4: Switch the language of your eclipse IDE:

Go to the installation folder of your eclipse IDE and open the eclipse.ini file:


Enter the additional eclipse start-up parameter:


<Your Locale>

Remark: The line-break between -nl and the locale is important.


Now you have to restart your IDE again so that the new start parameter is used.

Congratulation, your Eclipse IDE starts now in the specified language.

Kind Regards,


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