How to Make your Forms Multilingual

Last Update: December 31, 2016

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. 

How to make your forms multilingual (translatable to different languages)

1. Edit an existing form or create a new one

2. Click "Preferences"

3. In the Preferences window, scroll down while you are in General tab

4. Look for the "Translations" and click "Enable" button

3. Click on Add New and search for your language.

4. Now select the language and the translation window for the selected language should open up. You can now start adding the translation:

Take note of the warning in red icons, that means that the particular field is not translated automatically or there's no translation available into our system. You have to click on it and translate:

5. When you're done, just simply click "Save" buttons.

Now, if you want to have the added language as the default one, just simply click on it, and click "Set Default" option:

Lastly, to make the form to detect the language of the browser. Simply click on the "Options" button:

Check the option for "Detect user browser language":

From there, you can also choose the "Button Format" and the "Theme". Again, don't forget to save the entire changes to the form.


Questions? Please let us know below and or post it to our support forum.


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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