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I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 and NetBeans IDE 7.2.1. My system is set to pt-br, and my NetBeans installation too. I want to use Netbeans in English, how is this possible? I can't find any settings to change the language.

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You can try to change the locale settings when you run Netbeans and see if it uses it.

First you need to generate your locales:

sudo locale-gen en_US # or en_GB
sudo locale-gen en_US.utf8

Then, from the command line run LC_ALL=en_US.utf8 netbeans. If this works you can create a new launcher with that command.

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Would this affect all my other software? – That Brazilian Guy Jan 13 '13 at 18:36
No. This will only change the locale from the current execution of netbeans. To change it globally you need to use update-locale. More info here – Salem Jan 13 '13 at 21:11
This works perfectly! I had downloaded a non-English languageversion of NetBeans (, and there's no setting to change the language, but using this I can run it in English! (I just had to type LC_ALL=en_US.utf8 /path/to/netbeans instead) – That Brazilian Guy Jan 21 '13 at 14:38

Edit the netbeans-7.3.desktop file and add --locale en:US to the Exec parameter, like this:

Exec=/bin/sh "/home/duli/netbeans-7.3/bin/netbeans" --locale en:US
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In netbeans 7.3, install from .sh script, in folder of install /usr/local/netbeans-7.3/etc/ change parameters of startup netbeans.conf and add --locale en:US.

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