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The multilingual framework to localize LaTeX, LuaLaTeX, XeLaTeX


Localization and internationalization ◾ pdfTeX, LuaTeX and XeTeX

This is the home page for Babel, the multilingual environment for LaTeX (and sometimes Plain) with the three basic engines (pdfTeX, LuaTeX and XeTeX). Its aim is to provide a localization framework for different languages, scripts, and cultures based on the latest advances in Unicode (including the CLDR), the W3C (where applicable) and other technologies.


Babel is one of the core components of LaTeX and therefore must be available on any LaTeX system. However, support for specific languages may require a separate installation in some cases.

Please, refer to the manual of the distribution you have installed, which in Windows and MacOS usually involves configuring it with a graphical user interface, and in Un*x systems with some command, as for example sudo apt-get install texlive-lang-arabic for Arabic in Ubuntu. (Note some Linux distros install outdated versions. In such a case, it’s advisable to install TeXLive.)

What’s new

Version Most relevant changes
3.66 Under development.
3.65 Fixes a severe bug with spanish.
3.64 New counters in CJK.
3.63 Fixes a severe bug with CJK and XeTeX.
3.62 Preliminary support for \AddToHook.
3.61 Transform danda.nobreak. Improved Arabic justification.
3.60 Mainly a maintenance release.
3.59 Tentative Arabic justification.
3.58 More transforms for Sanskrit, Polish, Czech, Serbian, etc.
3.57 Predefined transforms for Arabic, Greek, Hungarian, etc.
3.56 Transforms (in ini files)
3.55 Mainly internal changes. Captions in Uyghur.
3.54 Improved picture.
3.53 Templates in \setlocalecaption. Captions in Sinhala.
3.52 Improvements in \babelprehyphenation and \babelposthyphenation.
3.51 \setlocalecaption, to (re)define captions at the document level.
3.50 A bug fix release for 3.49.
3.49 ini files: enable standard LaTeX syntax as options; French spacing.
3.48 Preliminary tools for labels (for languages like Japanese and Hungarian).
3.47 ini+tex templates for about 500 languages.
3.46 Option to select languages with BCP 47 tags.
3.45 Improvements in \localedate.
3.44 Argument in \foreignlanguage to switch date and/or captions. Amharic.
3.43 Autoloading based on BCP 47 codes.
3.42 \getlanguageproperty. Syriac, Coptic, Church Slavic.
3.41 Counters and numerals (alphabetic and additive).
3.40 Locale ini files for Latin and Greek. ‘Other’ characters in hyphenation patterns.
3.39 Locale loading on the fly.
3.38 Automatic switching of locale and fonts based on script (lua).
3.37 Non-standard hyphenation, like f-fff-f (lua).
3.36 Polytonic Greek. Improvements in Chinese.
3.35 Shorthands work in bibs and refs even with safe=none.