We’re always looking for ways to provide a better user experience. With growing numbers of users across the globe, localization has become increasingly important. In OpenShift 4.7, we’re introducing support for two new languages: Simplified Chinese and Japanese. And there are more languages to come. Read on to learn more about our new localization features.

How to Change the Language

If your browser language is set to Simplified Chinese, Japanese, or English, OpenShift should automatically default to your preferred language. If your browser language is set to one that we do not yet support, you will continue to see OpenShift in English.

You can also manually update your preferred language. To get started, select the Language preference option in the user dropdown:

In the modal, you can select the language that you would like to use OpenShift in:

Once your preferred language is saved, OpenShift will update to the selected language.


We care about accessibility, and we have translated many ARIA attributes to support a great experience for assistive technology users. The attributes we’ve targeted are aria-label, aria-placeholder, aria-roledescription, and aria-valuetext. They will update automatically when the language is changed so we can support users in multiple languages. We will continue increasing our translation coverage for aria attributes in 4.8.

Things to Consider

As you explore the newly translated console, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Localization of all text in OpenShift was not possible at this time. Items such as events surfaced from Kubernetes, alerts, error messages, informational messages from Operators, and logging messages will still be displayed in English.
  • Localization is not included in the CLI at this time.
  • We will continue to add more translations for Simplified Chinese and Japanese in future releases.

More Languages Are on the Way

We look forward to adding support for Korean, Traditional Chinese, and other languages.

If you are up for trying out this new feature, or if you are just getting started with OpenShift, visit Try OpenShift to get instant access to a cluster.

And, as always, we want to connect with users like you. Learn more about what the OpenShift design team is up to on the OpenShift Design site, and be sure to catch us on the OpenShift Twitch channel.


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