I am installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It is stuck at the point where it says "Downloading Language Packs...". The timing of the freeze seems random. It has been stuck for over 2 hours since starting the download.

Is there any way to skip this downloading with out terminating installation?

Further info: I am installing through DVD, if that matters at all, and I have an active internet connection that is working well (checked it in my friend's laptop, since it is shared, download speed about 50kbps).

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I got the solution... At the place where it says "Downloading language packages", there is a arrow to the left of message.

By clicking on array, there appears a small window at bottom and a bottom at right most side at the level of "Downloading language packages" that says "Skip", by pressing that button one can skip that step.

I cant paste a screen shot,as system is installing Ubuntu.

  • You can paste a screenshot if you select Try Ubuntu and then install it from a full environment.
    – nanofarad
    Jul 20, 2012 at 19:43
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    Note that the skip button is initially visible. Clicking it once makes the small window appear. Clicking it a second time makes the small window and the skip button disappear, but it does not stop downloading. Then you can click the arrow to show the skip button and click it a third time to make it stop. All this after telling it not to download updates in the first place. Jul 26, 2015 at 5:21

As the previous answer has stated, you can click the "Skip" button to opt-out from downloading and installing the language packages during installation.


You can disconnect first from the Internet before you start the installation, you can always perform an update right after installation and reboot by running sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade from the terminal.


I found that clicking on the arrow before the"downloading language packs" works well. Click on the arrow, then the 'Skip' option appears. Next click on Skip.

I had already waited 2 hours for the language pack download to finish and it was still showing 184 minutes left.

Now I'm using Ubuntu without the pack and as I restarted the PC, I get the "Finish the language pack" option which means I can download them now.


I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 and it took me about an hour to completely download and install those language packs. I have connection with downloading speed of 100Kbps. I think you'll have to wait for the language packs to download. It's very irritating but you have to bear it (like I did) :)

  • Is there no way to skip this?
    – jsist
    Jul 20, 2012 at 19:04
  • there can be. But I don't know any way to skip that.
    – Laphanga
    Jul 20, 2012 at 19:08

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