I just got myself a dedicated server that's running Ubuntu 13.10 64BIT and it is in French language (console.online.net). Is there any way to install an English language package ?

I'm a Linux newbie and the fact that its in French doesn't help

Sorry, the comments didn't work for me so I just edit here :

I get:

Lecture des listes de paquets... Fait
Construction de l'arbre des dépendances
Lecture des informations d'état... Fait
E: Impossible de trouver le paquet language-support-en

When I type sudo apt-get install language-support-en

Somehow it doesn't just work :(

  • If French is your native language you shouln't be afraid of trying Linux in that language. There is a strong community of French speaking Ubuntu users [1]. [1] forum.ubuntu-fr.org Nov 22, 2013 at 12:48
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    People suggested you to install "language-pack-en" and not "language-support-en" as you wrote in your updated question. Nov 22, 2013 at 12:48
  • @JoachimRohde my friend OP is right.
    – rɑːdʒɑ
    Nov 22, 2013 at 12:50

7 Answers 7


First install all the English language packages:

sudo apt-get install language-pack-en language-pack-en-base manpages

Then remove the French language packages:

sudo apt-get remove language-pack-fr language-pack-fr-base manpages-fr

And that should be enough.

Edit I: some users note that you might need to update the /etc/default/locale file yourself, make sure the first line in that file reads something like:


Edit II: some users do not seem happy with the suggestion for the English used in Europe (I am assuming the enquirer is French). Those wishing to use a different English locale can get a list of available English locales with this command:

locale -a | grep en_

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    You also need to edit /etc/default/locale and log off. Feb 22, 2014 at 10:22

Just install language-pack or edit the /etc/default/locale doesn't work for my Ubuntu 17.10, the way below is working for me.

Regenerating the supported locale list: sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales, and choose en_US.UTF-8.

Change the current default locale: sudo update-locale LANG=en_US.UTF-8

Then it works, doesn't need reboot.

Run locale to check your current locale.


You need to edit /etc/default/locale so it contains


or some other English locale of your choice.


To install English language pack

 sudo apt-get install language-pack-en

If you get the same error again , first run sudo apt-get update


Simply run:

dpkg-reconfigure locales

It will start the setup for system-language


Had the same problem ... with online.net :) This is what I'v made...

Edited /etc/default/locale and ~/.pam_environment

nano /etc/default/locale

Replaced the french line/lines with


Now pam_environment

nano ~/.pam_environment

Replaced the french line/lines with


This Packages should be installed:

sudo apt-get install language-pack-en language-pack-en-base manpages

Then edit /etc/default/locale and set

sudo vim /etc/default/locale


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