Google Web Interface and Search Language Codes


This article contains a list of the Google web interface language
codes (hl=) and the search language codes (lr=) that can be inserted
to the URL (web address) in the address bar of the web browser when
using a Google service in case you are having problems with your
language settings with Google. At the moment (June 2012) there
are 149 web interface language codes and 46 search language codes. The
language codes have been collected from the HTML source of the Google
Preferences page, so you can find them from there also. This page
is intended mainly to list the language codes, so you can copy the
characters (for example hl=en or lr=lang_en) to the URL you are using,
but you may also get directly to your preferred language interface
page or search language page by clicking the appropriate link on one
of the two below lists.

Keep in mind that not all the Google services have been translated to
all the languages listed below. Also, adding the language codes after
any URL will not work, so you may need to do some experimenting to
find out where you can add them.

Usage Examples

For example, if you are using the Google Web Search page and the URL
in the address bar of your web browser is:

you can define the web interface language to be English by adding
hl=en to the end of the URL and after the change the URL will look
like this:

When you use more than one setting code in the URL, you need to use
the & character between them. For example, if you also want to define
the search language to be English you need to use the & character
between the codes like this:

Because the above URL probably won't work so that the selected search
language will be used if you try do a search on that page, you also
need to add a search query (q=) to the URL, so the resulting URL will

Remember to press Enter (or equivalent key) on your keyboard after
adding the needed characters.

Web Interface Language Codes

hl=af          Afrikaans
hl=ak          Akan
hl=sq          Albanian
hl=am          Amharic
hl=ar          Arabic
hl=hy          Armenian
hl=az          Azerbaijani
hl=eu          Basque
hl=be          Belarusian
hl=bem         Bemba
hl=bn          Bengali
hl=bh          Bihari
hl=xx-bork     Bork, bork, bork!
hl=bs          Bosnian
hl=br          Breton
hl=bg          Bulgarian
hl=km          Cambodian
hl=ca          Catalan
hl=chr         Cherokee
hl=ny          Chichewa
hl=zh-CN       Chinese (Simplified)
hl=zh-TW       Chinese (Traditional)
hl=co          Corsican
hl=hr          Croatian
hl=cs          Czech
hl=da          Danish
hl=nl          Dutch
hl=xx-elmer    Elmer Fudd
hl=en          English
hl=eo          Esperanto
hl=et          Estonian
hl=ee          Ewe
hl=fo          Faroese
hl=tl          Filipino
hl=fi          Finnish
hl=fr          French
hl=fy          Frisian
hl=gaa         Ga
hl=gl          Galician
hl=ka          Georgian
hl=de          German
hl=el          Greek
hl=gn          Guarani
hl=gu          Gujarati
hl=xx-hacker   Hacker
hl=ht          Haitian Creole
hl=ha          Hausa
hl=haw         Hawaiian
hl=iw          Hebrew
hl=hi          Hindi
hl=hu          Hungarian
hl=is          Icelandic
hl=ig          Igbo
hl=id          Indonesian
hl=ia          Interlingua
hl=ga          Irish
hl=it          Italian
hl=ja          Japanese
hl=jw          Javanese
hl=kn          Kannada
hl=kk          Kazakh
hl=rw          Kinyarwanda
hl=rn          Kirundi
hl=xx-klingon  Klingon
hl=kg          Kongo
hl=ko          Korean
hl=kri         Krio (Sierra Leone)
hl=ku          Kurdish
hl=ckb         Kurdish (Soranî)
hl=ky          Kyrgyz
hl=lo          Laothian
hl=la          Latin
hl=lv          Latvian
hl=ln          Lingala
hl=lt          Lithuanian
hl=loz         Lozi
hl=lg          Luganda
hl=ach         Luo
hl=mk          Macedonian
hl=mg          Malagasy
hl=ms          Malay
hl=ml          Malayalam
hl=mt          Maltese
hl=mi          Maori
hl=mr          Marathi
hl=mfe         Mauritian Creole
hl=mo          Moldavian
hl=mn          Mongolian
hl=sr-ME       Montenegrin
hl=ne          Nepali
hl=pcm         Nigerian Pidgin
hl=nso         Northern Sotho
hl=no          Norwegian
hl=nn          Norwegian (Nynorsk)
hl=oc          Occitan
hl=or          Oriya
hl=om          Oromo
hl=ps          Pashto
hl=fa          Persian
hl=xx-pirate   Pirate
hl=pl          Polish
hl=pt-BR       Portuguese (Brazil)
hl=pt-PT       Portuguese (Portugal)
hl=pa          Punjabi
hl=qu          Quechua
hl=ro          Romanian
hl=rm          Romansh
hl=nyn         Runyakitara
hl=ru          Russian
hl=gd          Scots Gaelic
hl=sr          Serbian
hl=sh          Serbo-Croatian
hl=st          Sesotho
hl=tn          Setswana
hl=crs         Seychellois Creole
hl=sn          Shona
hl=sd          Sindhi
hl=si          Sinhalese
hl=sk          Slovak
hl=sl          Slovenian
hl=so          Somali
hl=es          Spanish
hl=es-419      Spanish (Latin American)
hl=su          Sundanese
hl=sw          Swahili
hl=sv          Swedish
hl=tg          Tajik
hl=ta          Tamil
hl=tt          Tatar
hl=te          Telugu
hl=th          Thai
hl=ti          Tigrinya
hl=to          Tonga
hl=lua         Tshiluba
hl=tum         Tumbuka
hl=tr          Turkish
hl=tk          Turkmen
hl=tw          Twi
hl=ug          Uighur
hl=uk          Ukrainian
hl=ur          Urdu
hl=uz          Uzbek
hl=vi          Vietnamese
hl=cy          Welsh
hl=wo          Wolof
hl=xh          Xhosa
hl=yi          Yiddish
hl=yo          Yoruba
hl=zu          Zulu

Search Language Codes

lr=lang_af    Afrikaans
lr=lang_ar    Arabic
lr=lang_hy    Armenian
lr=lang_be    Belarusian
lr=lang_bg    Bulgarian
lr=lang_ca    Catalan
lr=lang_zh-CN Chinese (Simplified)
lr=lang_zh-TW Chinese (Traditional)
lr=lang_hr    Croatian
lr=lang_cs    Czech
lr=lang_da    Danish
lr=lang_nl    Dutch
lr=lang_en    English
lr=lang_eo    Esperanto
lr=lang_et    Estonian
lr=lang_tl    Filipino
lr=lang_fi    Finnish
lr=lang_fr    French
lr=lang_de    German
lr=lang_el    Greek
lr=lang_iw    Hebrew
lr=lang_hi    Hindi
lr=lang_hu    Hungarian
lr=lang_is    Icelandic
lr=lang_id    Indonesian
lr=lang_it    Italian
lr=lang_ja    Japanese
lr=lang_ko    Korean
lr=lang_lv    Latvian
lr=lang_lt    Lithuanian
lr=lang_no    Norwegian
lr=lang_fa    Persian
lr=lang_pl    Polish
lr=lang_pt    Portuguese
lr=lang_ro    Romanian
lr=lang_ru    Russian
lr=lang_sr    Serbian
lr=lang_sk    Slovak
lr=lang_sl    Slovenian
lr=lang_es    Spanish
lr=lang_sw    Swahili
lr=lang_sv    Swedish
lr=lang_th    Thai
lr=lang_tr    Turkish
lr=lang_uk    Ukrainian
lr=lang_vi    Vietnamese

Short Textual List of Only the Language Codes

af, ach, ak, am, ar, az, be, bem, bg, bh, bn, br, bs, ca, chr, ckb, 
co, crs, cs, cy, da, de, ee, el, en, eo, es, es-419, et, eu, fa, fi, 
fo, fr, fy, ga, gaa, gd, gl, gn, gu, ha, haw, hi, hr, ht, hu, hy, ia, 
id, ig, is, it, iw, ja, jw, ka, kg, kk, km, kn, ko, kri, ku, ky, la, 
lg, ln, lo, loz, lt, lua, lv, mfe, mg, mi, mk, ml, mn, mo, mr, ms, mt,
ne, nl, nn, no, nso, ny, nyn, oc, om, or, pa, pcm, pl, ps, pt-BR, 
pt-PT, qu, rm, rn, ro, ru, rw, sd, sh, si, sk, sl, sn, so, sq, sr, 
sr-ME, st, su, sv, sw, ta, te, tg, th, ti, tk, tl, tn, to, tr, tt, 
tum, tw, ug, uk, ur, uz, vi, wo, xh, xx-bork, xx-elmer, xx-hacker, 
xx-klingon, xx-pirate, yi, yo, zh-CN, zh-TW, zu.


Related Pages

Google Translate
Google Transliteration
Google in Your Language
Google Translator Toolkit
Google Translate Blog


Google search now supports Cherokee (March 2011)
Listen to us now! (December 2010)
On-screen Keyboards on Google Translate (December 2010)
Google Launches Cantonese Voice Search in Hong Kong (December 2010)
Transliteration goes global (December 2009)
51 Languages in Google Translate (August 2009)


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Last modified: June 11th, 2012

Author: Tomi Häsä (


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