Language Switcher


Language Switcher allows you to map urls of alternative languages for Post Types and Taxonomies. Additionally it allows you to filter archive pages by language.

Support Forum

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Free Features

  • STANDALONE – No WordPress Multisite required
  • MIXED SOURCES – map internal or external urls
  • POST TYPE LANGUAGE – Add a main language selector to post types and map urls of alternative languages
  • TAXONOMY LANGUAGE – Add a main language selector to terms and map urls of alternative languages
  • HREFLANG LINKS – Add hreflang links into the head of each page and improve the SEO
  • MENU LANGUAGE – Add a main language selector to the menu settings and switch the menu accordingly
  • LANGUAGE FILTERS – Filter items by language in the main WP_Query of archive pages
  • LANGUAGE WIDGET – Add the language switcher with the widget
  • LANGUAGE SHORTCODE – Add the language switcher anywhere with the shortcode [language-switcher]
  • LANGUAGE MENUS – Add the language switcher to your navigation menus
  • SWITCHER TITLE – Select from multiple options to customize the switcher title
  • COUNTRY FLAGS – Add country flags manually to your Theme Additional CSS or style.css

Addon Features

  • LANGUAGE EVERYWHERE – Enable language switcher for custom post types and taxonomies such as WooCommerce Product, Order, Category and Tags


  • Polylang


  • English


For all documentation on this plugin go to:


  • The language switcher
  • Edit post type language
  • Edit tag language
  • Select activate languages
  • Select activate post types and taxonomies
  • Add the language switcher with the widget


Minimum Requirements

  • WordPress 4.6 or higher.

Automatic installation

Automatic installation is the easiest option as WordPress handles the file transfers itself and you don’t even need to leave your web browser. To do an automatic install of Language Switcher, log in to your WordPress admin panel, navigate to the Plugins menu and click Add New.

In the search field type “Language Switcher” and click Search Plugins. Once you’ve found my plugin extension you can view details about it such as the the point release, rating and description. Most importantly of course, you can install it by simply clicking Install Now. After clicking that link you will be asked if you’re sure you want to install the plugin. Click yes and WordPress will automatically complete the installation.

Manual installation

The manual installation method involves downloading my plugin and uploading it to your webserver via your favourite FTP application.

  1. Download the plugin file to your computer and unzip it
  2. Using an FTP program, or your hosting control panel, upload the unzipped plugin folder to your WordPress installation’s wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  3. Activate the plugin from the Plugins menu within the WordPress admin.


Automatic updates should work like a charm; as always though, ensure you backup your site just in case.


March 19, 2021 1 reply
This plugin would be just perfect if it had its bugs fixed. It seems to perform some language detection with session cookies that constantly introduces errors, such as all pages being shown as language:English in both the site and the admin panel.
January 7, 2021
Installed, activated, and turned on the menu switcher on my main nav. The plugin replaced (?) several menu items with its switcher menu item. Soon thereafter, the entire front end of the site died. Wouldn’t even load anything at all, so likely a PHP issue or incompatibility. Deactivating took everything back to normal. Really too bad, as I could use this plugin’s functionality.
May 30, 2020 1 reply
A super simple and useful plugin. Is it possible to add a photo of language flags? Such a visual option would definitely be great.
September 9, 2018
Language Switcher allows you to map urls of alternative languages for Post Types and Taxonomies. Additionally it allows you to filter archive pages by language.
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Contributors & Developers

“Language Switcher” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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3.2.2 – 14/10/2020

  • Locales implemented

3.0.9 – 9/12/2018

  • Macrolanguages such as Arabic added

3.0.8 – 26/11/2018

  • New settings to disable query filters

3.0.7 – 23/11/2018

  • Redirection issue fixed

3.0.6 – 19/11/2018

  • Query language taxonomy fixed

3.0.5 – 5/11/2018

  • Startup errors fixed

3.0.4 – 10/10/2018

  • Defaut language from cookie fixed

3.0.3 – 4/10/2018

  • Defaut language fixed

3.0.2 – 27/9/2018

  • Edit term language fixed

3.0.1 – 21/9/2018

  • Switch Language before any plugins

3.0.0 – 2/9/2018

  • Publicaly Released.