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Change the User Interface Language[edit]

Introduction[edit]

The system language used in Whonix is easily changed. The technical steps are identical to the Debian method because Whonix is based on Debian GNU/Linux and KDE. Users can also refer to Debian or KDE upstream documentation. Native English speakers do not need to make any changes.

System[edit]

All Languages[edit]

Open a terminal.

Start menu -> Applications -> System -> Terminal

Update the package lists.

sudo apt-get update

Search for available language packs.

apt-cache search kde-i18n

Or search the Debian package archive.

Install a language pack. In the example below, replace -ar with the preferred language.

sudo apt-get install kde-l10n-ar

Change the KDE setting.

Start menu -> Applications -> System -> System Settings -> Locale -> Languages -> Change Language

Russian[edit]

Open a terminal.

Start menu -> Applications -> System -> Terminal.

Reconfigure locales.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales

From the list of enabled and available locales, uncheck/disable everything except for English and Russian.

en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8
ru_RU.UTF-8 UTF-8

Note: If any other locales are enabled, ??????? (question mark) characters will appear instead of Cyrillic script when typing in the terminal.

Reboot Whonix-Workstation for the changes to take effect.

Korean[edit]

Note: The steps below were originally outlined in the Whonix forums by an anonymous poster. That thread can be used for follow-up support questions.

Open a terminal.

Start menu -> Applications -> System -> Terminal

Update the package lists.

sudo apt-get update

View the available language packs.

apt-cache search kde-i18n

Install the Korean language pack.

sudo apt-get install kde-l10n-ko

Install Korean fonts.

sudo apt-get install ttf-unfonts-core ttf-unfont-extra

Open system settings and set eungulim as KDE's font.

Open a terminal and reconfigure locales.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales

Set ko KR.UTF-8 UTF-8 as the default locale.

Install nabi.

apt-get install nabi

Restart the Whonix-Workstation and start nabi. The Korean script is now available system-wide for writing and reading.

Tor Browser[edit]

Introduction[edit]

Using one of these methods is sufficient to change the language in Tor Browser.

Method 1: Config File Method[edit]

Complete these steps in the Whonix-Workstation.

Available Tor Browser languages as of April 2017:

  • Arabic (ar)
  • German (de)
  • English (en-US)
  • Spanish (es-ES)
  • Persian/Farsi (fa)
  • French (fr)
  • Italian (it)
  • Japanese (ja)
  • Korean (ko)
  • Dutch (nl)
  • Polish (pl)
  • Brazilian Portuguese (pt-BR)
  • Russian (ru)
  • Turkish (tr)
  • Vietnamese (vi)
  • Chinese (zh-CN)


To check if further languages are supported, visit: https://www.torproject.org/dist/torbrowser/.

Binaries and supported language packs are listed by Tor Browser version. The nomenclature for language packs is classified according to 639-1 codes.

Open /etc/torbrowser.d/50_user.conf in an editor with root rights.

If you are using a graphical Whonix or Qubes-Whonix, run.

kdesudo kwrite /etc/torbrowser.d/50_user.conf

If you are using a terminal-only Whonix, run.

sudo nano /etc/torbrowser.d/50_user.conf

And add for example.

TB_LANG="vi"

Replace vi with zh-CN for Chinese and so on.

Save.

After changing this setting, use Tor Browser Downloader by Whonix to install a new version. Afterwards, Tor Browser will support the user's native language.

Method 2: Mozilla Firefox Add-on[edit]

Complete these steps in Whonix-Workstation.

1. Start Tor Browser

2. Check Tor Browser's Firefox ESR Version

Tor Browser -> Help -> About Tor Browser

The output should be something like: 45.9.0.

3. Install a Language Pack

Visit https://download-origin.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/45.9.0esr/linux-i686/xpi/ and install the required language pack.

Note: 45.9.0 in the above URL needs to be changed to match the Firefox ESR version Tor Browser is based on.

4. Restart Tor Browser

Tor Browser will now default to the user's native language.

Method 3: Debian Iceweasel Add-on[edit]

Untested. Please test and leave feedback.

Complete these steps in the Whonix-Workstation.

Update the package lists.

sudo apt-get update

Search for available language packs.

apt-cache search iceweasel-l10n-

Install a language pack. In the example below, replace -ar with the preferred language.

sudo apt-get install iceweasel-l10n-ar

Change the necessary Tor Browser setting.

sudo find /usr/lib/iceweasel/extensions -maxdepth 1 -name 'langpack*.xpi' -exec ln -s '{}' /home/user/.tb/tor-browser/Data/profile/extensions/ ';'


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