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Forcing a localized vSphere Client or vSphere Web Client installation to launch in a localized language/English (1016403)

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This article provides steps to force a localized installation of vSphere Client or vSphere Web Client to launch using the localized language/English.


To launch the vSphere Client and force it to use a localized language or to switch to English:

  1. Ensure that the Language pack is installed on your Windows Operating system.

  2. Launch the vSphere Client. Click Start > Run, and run the command:

    "C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\VpxClient.exe" -locale en_US

  3. Click OK. The vSphere Client launches in English.

    Note: Use the locale identifier for the localized language you wish to use. The supported languages are:

    In vSphere 4.0:
    • English: en_US
    • German: de_DE
    • Japanese: ja_JP
    • Simplified Chinese: zh_CN

    In vSphere 4.1:
    • English: en_US
    • German: de_DE
    • Japanese: ja_JP
    • Simplified Chinese: zh_CN
    • French: fr_FR

    In vSphere 5.x:
    • English: en_US
    • German: de_DE
    • Japanese: ja_JP
    • Simplified Chinese: zh_CN
    • French: fr_FR
    • Korean: ko_KR

To view the vSphere Web Client in a localized language, append the localization parameter to the URL used for accessing it.

Note: Languages supported are English, German, French, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.
  • The default URL for the vSphere Web Client is:


  • To specify a language, append:

    • English: /?locale=en_US
    • German: /?locale=de_DE
    • French: /?locale=fr_FR
    • Japanese: /?locale=ja_JP
    • Korean: /?locale=ko_KR
    • Chinese: /?locale=zh_CN

  • For example, to display the vSphere Web Client in French, use:


Additional Information

For information on forcing a locale, see the vSphere Client Locale Forcing Mode section in the VMware vSphere 4.0 Release Notes (ESX Edition).

See Also

Update History

05/11/2010 - Added link to Release Notes. 10/09/2012 - Added procedure for web client. 06/20/2014 - Added vCenter Server 5.5 and vSphere Web Client 5.x to products.

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