Enabling languages in databases

After installing language packs on a Domino server, replace the design of databases with the installed translated templates to enable the languages to be displayed in the databases.

Before you begin

Note the following requirements to display databases in a non-English language:
  • The appropriate non-English version of Microsoft® Windows® is set up on the client machine, so users can open attachments that have non-English characters in the file name. Alternatively, install the non-English fonts to allow users' workstations to display text encoded in the non-English character set.
  • The non-English Notes client is set up so users see the menus and dialog boxes in the specific language.


  1. Use either of the following methods to enable languages in databases.
    Table 1. Methods to enable languages in databases
    Option Description
    Run Convert task on the server
    Note: The Design task can't be used to enable languages because it refreshes rather than replaces database design.

    You can use the Domino convert task to replace the of design of databases on a server with translated templates.

    load convert -g"<language>" <databasepath> * <template file>
    Example: Convert a specific mail file to French:
    Load convert –g"French" mail/user1.nsf * mail11.ntf
    Example. Convert all databases in the mail directory to German:
    Load convert –g"German" mail/ * mail11.ntf
    Note: On AIX and Linux, omit the quotes ("") around the language string.
    Replace design from Notes.
    1. Open the database on the Notes client or Domino Administrator.
    2. Click File > Application > Replace Design.
    3. Select the server with the translated template and then the template.
    4. Click Replace.
    5. A list of languages installed on the server that are available for the selected template are listed. Select the language or languages to enable and then click OK.
      Note: If you select more than one language, select the language to use as the default and then select Set as Default Language,
    6. A prompt describes what occurs when a design is replaced. Click Yes to proceed.
  2. After enabling languages in a database, if there are multiple languages available for it, enable the Multilingual database property:
    1. From Notes or the Domino Administrator, open the database and select File > Application > Properties.
    2. Click the design tab (fourth tab) and select Multilingual database and then select the default language and region for that language.
    3. Close and re-open the database to see the default language.
      Note: To switch to a different language later, repeat these steps.