VLC Player change language

 Ali -
I downloaded VLC for English version but every time it is in arabic, all the VLC options are arabic and I can't use it except to watch the movies.
Please advise me what shall I do????

kind regards

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When I opened my VLC, I was surprised to see a different language, since I am familiar with the interface, I didn't have a hard time changing the language back to my preferred language.

I had searched for the reason that this happened and came here in this forum to see if the reason was stated.

I got surprised by the manner of communication here. I think it is best to be thankful for any kind of help we receive instead of being rude.

Anyway, here are the steps in English for VLC Mac.
  • 1. Click VLC from the menu bar
  • 2. Select Preferences (command+comma buttons)
  • 3. Click the left most button with the cone image that has an orange and green colors. This is located at the upper part of the Preferences window.
  • 4. Click the drop down box / combo box. After clicking you will see the list of languages.
  • 5. Then select your desired language. Be careful not to select a language that you are not able to read unless you are very familiar with the VLC interface.
  • 5. Restart application.

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thank you thank you thank you... it was so simple but I was getting so frustrated
Really good solution

Open VLC

Go to


On top left you have Interface

In right pane,you have Language

Change it to english
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With VLC 2.2.1, at the bottom of the dialog "Preferences"
it has a switch to select between showing "Simple / All" settings.

Set to "Simple", big icons are shown at the top,
and the first control for "Interface" is the menu-language.

Set to "All", there are small icons along the left side,
and in the interface-section, the control for the menu-language is missing!

And when you enter the preference-dialog, the switch is set to "all".
Ctrl+P=Setting and then choose a language