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Opened 8 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#37130 new enhancement

Auto-download language packs when installing manually

Reported by: samuelsidler's profile samuelsidler Owned by:
Milestone: Future Release Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Upgrade/Install Keywords: needs-patch
Focuses: Cc:


Themes and plugins can be downloaded from Rosetta sites ( When they're downloaded, they are only available in English and whatever locale packages a theme/plugin author has decided to ship. They do not include language packs made available from

As a result, if I download a plugin from the German plugin directory and manually install it, even if it's fully translated into German and a language pack is available, I won't see the interface in German. Thus, this ticket.

On manual install, we should check for an available language pack and auto-download the language pack.

Change History (2)

#1 @desrosj
4 years ago

  • Milestone set to Future Release
  • Priority changed from low to normal
  • Severity changed from minor to normal

Let's see about fixing this one!

Thinking it through, it seems that downloading the language pack when the plugin is activated may work best. I don't believe language packs are updated for plugins that are inactive, but that could be incorrect. I'll try to do some testing to confirm that.

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core-auto-updates by desrosj. View the logs.

4 years ago

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