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.


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.

  • Would this affect all my other software? 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 (netbeans.org/downloads), 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) Jan 21 '13 at 14:38

In netbeans 7.3, install from .sh script netbeans.org, in folder of install /usr/local/netbeans-7.3/etc/ change parameters of startup netbeans.conf and add --locale en:US.


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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