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The vSphere Web Client and Localization

Want to view the vSphere Web Client in a localized language or running a localized language and want to switch to English? With the vSphere Web Client you can append a localization parameter to the URL used for accessing the web client and display the client in a different language. Languages supported are English, German, French, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

The default URL for the vSphere Web Client is –

https://<hostname:IP Address:9443/vsphere-client/

and to add a language simply append the following –

  • For English – /?locale=en_US
  • For German – /?locale=de_DE
  • For French – /?locale=fr_FR
  • For Japanese – /?locale=ja_JP
  • For Chinese – /?locale=zh_CN

Example to display the vSphere Web Client in German you would use –

https://<hostname/IP Address:9443/vsphere-client/?locale=de_DE


or Japanese

https://<hostname/IP Address:9443/vsphere-client/?locale=ja_JP

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I am not responsible for the localization but this is cool feature that I have had several customers request further information on.


Note that some languages may need to have the browser language settings edited to show requested languages and this can be reached via the browser options configuration.

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11 thoughts on “The vSphere Web Client and Localization

  1. jpverlande

    I’ve noticed some components still don’t take this parameter in account as of 5.1 GA, such as the Alarms and Recent Tasks panels, when I switch from french to english.
    (My default localization is french and I need to switch back to english to make training sessions labs easier, as french translation is sometimes odd and generally not preferred.)
    I’m not sure this is the right place to post this comment, however maybe someone can forward it to dev teams :)

    1. Justin King

      thanks jpverlaqnde, we are aware the current translation is not fleunt but more of a helping hand. I will pass this back to the dev teams

  2. Patrick Meijer-Postma

    I used to use the vpxclient with the -passthroughAuth option to automatically logon to my vCenter. Now we have moved to vSphere 5.1 and we will be using the web client.
    is there equivalent for the -passthroughAuth to use in the web-client url ?


  3. cibber

    I know it’s an old thread (thanks a lot anyway!) but I just moved to 5.5 and am now forced to use VMware Data Protection (the successor of VDR) and the VDP vApp has it’s own Web UI. Which thinks it is smart and automatically opens in the language you use for Windows locale (keyboard, dates&times etc.) and NOT what the OS language is (menus etc.).

    In my case I’m using a US English Windows with only keyboard and date/time format set to German. All my applications are in English, only VDP thinks it knows better and displays in German. Not much use to me as I need to provide intl support/screenshots…

    Any idea how to force the VDP appliance’s UI to display in English?


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