Installing a language file

Michael Bauer Merlyn Cooper

These instructions are for the Windows Version of Skype (Linux below)

To begin with, you need to make sure that you already have Skype installed. You can get the installation file from Skype's website.

NOTE: We've had this question a lot... if the language file for your language is incomplete, that's not a problem. If a sentence has not been translated, Skype will simply show the sentence in English. There is also no problem with versions for that reason so these files will work on ANY version of Skype.


N.B. Be advised, if you are unfamiliar with the language you are loading and need to switch back to English (or other) in order to understand Skype, be careful about loading it. The tabs involved in navigating to the "Load Skype language file" have generally been translated so you might end up a bit lost. If that happens, the Tools menu is the second from the right, Change language is the second down and in the long list of languages, you can then pick a familiar language or failing that, Load language file is the second item from the bottom.


  1. All the files on this project are already in the right format - .lang. If you got the file from elsewhere, depending on the language (and the current maintainer of its .lang file) the file might be a ".lang" or ".zip" or any other sort of compressed file.

  2. If the download is anything other than ".lang" or ".txt" it'll probably need to be extracted.

  3. If the only file is ".txt", open it in notepad and have (insert_language_name-insert_language_code)".lang" (e.g. English-en.lang) in the file name and change the file type to "All files" and then save, you should now have a decent .lang file.

  4. Start Skype, go to:-
    "Tools/Change Language/Load Skype Language File..."
    (not folders but submenus)

then this will let you browse, find your Name-code.lang file (as described earlier).
And hey presto, Skype in the language of your choice!

These instructions are for the Linux Version of Skype

To begin with, you need to make sure that you already have Skype installed. You can get the installation file from Skype's website.


  1. All the files on this project are already in the right format - .ts and .qm. Skype on Linux requires both. We have now found a way of opening a custom file so the guidance has changed slightly!

  2. Exit Skype.

  3. Download both the languagename-skype_en.ts and the languagename-skype_en.qm file.

  4. The first step is to rename the files you downloaded (we're using Urdu as an example). Any number from 00 to 09 will work (if you want to install more than one custom language):

    $ mv Urdu-skype_en.ts skype_00.ts
    $ mv Urdu-skype_en.qm skype_00.qm

  5. The move the files into the right directory using

    $ sudo cp -a ../directory-where-you-downloaded-the-files-to/skype_00.ts /usr/share/skype/lang/
    $ sudo cp -a ../directory-where-you-downloaded-the-files-to/skype_00.qm /usr/share/skype/lang/

  6. Now start Skype and select you lamguage by pressing the green Skype button, going to Options and choosing Custom (skype_00).

And hey presto, Skype in the language of your choice!

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