How to Make Your Forms Multilingual

Last Update: August 1, 2017

The translation tool helps you reach a global audience much better, as your forms can cater to a multilingual audience. It will help your visitors control the language that your form reads in, bringing you higher conversion and satisfaction rates. 

1. To get started, click SETTINGS at the top > FORM SETTINGS on the left, then click SHOW MORE OPTIONS.

2. Next, you need to setup the default FORM LANGUAGE. Note that you won't get into the translation options unless you pick a default languages first. The usual workflow is to build your form first, as is, using the default language, then add the other language translations afterwards.

3. Right below the FORM LANGUAGE section, click the EDIT button to begin with translating the fields.

4. On the Translations section, click ADD FORM LANGUAGE.

5. Select the language you want to translate the form to (in the example below, Español was selected), then click the ADD FORM LANGUAGE button.


6. The translation window for the selected language should open up. You can now start adding your translations. All changes you perform are automatically saved.

Go to the FORM WARNINGS tab to localize the form warnings if needed. And to avoid confusion, you can also HIDE FILLED ENTRIES so you can focus your work on untranslated fields only.


Comments and suggestions are welcome below. If you have a question, post it in our Support Forum so we can assist you.


Jennifer (January 13, 2015 at 06:50 PM)

We need to translate our survey from English to French, German, Dutch and Swedish. Is it possible to do this through the jotfom survey platform?

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AlTawil (February 04, 2015 at 07:00 AM)

after saving the arabic translation all the field go blank and i have to start all over again,and over and over.. arabic doesn't even show in the top left language corner

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jfaureb (March 02, 2015 at 01:18 PM)

The language button on top of my form does not work (when I click on it, nothing happens), has anyone already met this problem? How could I fix it? Thank you!

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danny668dg (July 15, 2015 at 07:10 AM)

Hi, the translation selectbox does not work properly on lightbox.

I embedded the codes that have been provided but my site displays "Failed to load resource" error.

FYI, the translation is working properly upon previewing on your site, also on popup and direct link.

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oscosflores (August 05, 2015 at 11:47 AM)

I can't make the source code work for me with Godaddy's website Builder.

The language button doesn't work. I tried the iframe and that gives me nothing at all.

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Communicaid (March 11, 2016 at 08:43 AM)

I have my form in French and all the emails and pdf are in French too of course.

I want to add English version of the form (easy to do) BUT is it possible to keep PDF submission in original language( French?)

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Victor (March 22, 2016 at 07:25 AM)

Does it have arabic language support ?

couchindustry (March 30, 2016 at 11:16 AM)


I tried to translate form into Georgian. That's ok! the titels of the fields are being translated, but when the language is chosen from English into Georgian by pressing flag button, then the fields' alphabet does not automaticaly changed in to Georgian. It still continues to use English Alphabet to fill the form. Please, could you advise how to enable system to detect and use Georgian alphabet to fill the fields?

I have chosen in options: Automaticaly Detect and Adjust the language but still not success.

Please, help



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scroon (August 10, 2016 at 02:27 PM)

I have a rather urgent inquiry. I'm trying to translate a form into Japanese and Korean, but none of the fields gets translated, not event the standard jotform fields. Should we translate them ourselvers?
Thanks for your help

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ubergler (September 02, 2016 at 03:37 AM)

Is there an option to create / export a language file allowing me to send all the form text to others to do the translation work? Otherwise I need to either have them edit the form, or I need to write down all form text in a separate document.

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EASYLAP (October 12, 2016 at 10:03 AM)


It won't change the language in the 'Form tabs widget'? Any solution for this? Thanks!

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Becki (November 24, 2016 at 05:42 PM)

Is there a way to have the flags show side by side, instead of in a drop down menu? Thank you!

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omatuska (January 18, 2017 at 04:30 AM)

How can I export the language file to send to my translators so that it can be uploaded back to jotform when translated?

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ARWFashion (February 09, 2017 at 08:49 AM)

How can I change the language of the components in a configurable list? I would like to change the labels and also the items showed in the combobox.

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comint (February 09, 2017 at 09:39 AM)

how can I edit translation with 4.0 version ? can't find the settings...

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CorporateStores (February 17, 2017 at 12:34 PM)

Hi, I'm going through all your steps to add a French version form but it does not seem to be working. After saving all my changes, there is no option for me to view the FR version.

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mauriceab (February 20, 2017 at 11:43 AM)

Cannot save changes on Translation after saving translation hitting the Show More Options>Translations>Español>Edit Texts, then click on Edit Texts to scroll down to the text box then going into the editor finding the the editing box is smaller than when I originally entered the text having code. I proceed to correct the typo and then save by Pressing on the

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jotithoward (February 25, 2017 at 10:18 PM)

Hi, I am able to translate the form just fine. However, after the form is submitted in the 2nd language, I cannot save the pdf of the submission in the 2nd language.

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raypritchard (March 30, 2017 at 04:08 AM)


I have a slightly different issue in that I am able to add a translation of my form (main language Norwegian) into English, but not all of the editted text is shown when clicking on the English language option when viewing the form.

For example, I have translated the whole of question 5 and the answer options, but only the answer options appear in English. (form:

On another document, the same issue but even within the answers, some remain in the original language whilst others are translated to English (despite all being translated in the settings).
eg: question 6 in


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StMichaelsKona (May 18, 2017 at 02:38 PM)

I created a multilingual form, but am wondering when presented to the user, will the form be displayed in it's original language (English)and will there be a button that the user can click to have the form displayed in the converted language (Spanish). Or must I specify that I want the form to automatically detect the language of the browser and display it in the converted language if it matches? Or will the multilingual form come up with both languages displayed for every question? Thanks, Rick

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AltoArizona (June 06, 2017 at 02:24 PM)

The translation field doesn't show up for me. Can jotform please help me out? I enabled and selected the language but nothing happens...don't see the translation fields appear...

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Ryan (August 05, 2017 at 12:28 AM)

Thank you for the tutorial. It's very useful! Transalte from Spanish to English language

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