Supported languages and countries/regions for Power BI

This article covers supported languages and countries/regions for the Power BI service, Power BI Desktop, and Power BI documentation.

Countries and regions where Power BI is available

For a list of countries and regions where Power BI is available, see the international availability list.

Languages for the Power BI service

The Power BI service (in the browser) is available in the following 44 languages:

  • Arabic
  • Basque - Basque
  • Bulgarian - Български
  • Catalan - català
  • Chinese (Simplified) - 中文(简体)
  • Chinese (Traditional) - 中文(繁體)
  • Croatian - hrvatski
  • Czech - čeština
  • Danish - dansk
  • Dutch - Nederlands
  • English - English
  • Estonian - eesti
  • Finnish - suomi
  • French - français
  • Galician - galego
  • German - Deutsch
  • Greek - Ελληνικά
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi - हिंदी
  • Hungarian - magyar
  • Indonesian - Bahasa Indonesia
  • Italian - italiano
  • Japanese - 日本語
  • Kazakh - Қазақ
  • Korean - 한국어
  • Latvian - latviešu
  • Lithuanian - lietuvių
  • Malay - Bahasa Melayu
  • Norwegian (Bokmål) - norsk (bokmål)
  • Polish - Polski
  • Portuguese (Brazil) - Português
  • Portuguese (Portugal) - português
  • Romanian - română
  • Russian - Русский
  • Serbian (Cyrillic) - српски
  • Serbian (Latin) - srpski
  • Slovak - slovenčina
  • Slovenian - slovenski
  • Spanish - español
  • Swedish - svenska
  • Thai - ไทย
  • Turkish - Türkçe
  • Ukrainian - українська
  • Vietnamese - Tiếng Việt

Languages for Power BI Desktop

Power BI Desktop is available in the the same languages as the Power BI service, except Hebrew and Arabic. Desktop doesn't support right-to-left languages.

What's translated

Power BI translates menus, buttons, messages, and other elements of the experience into your language. For example, Power BI translates report content such as automatically generated titles, filters, and tooltips. However, your data isn't automatically translated. Inside reports, the layout of visuals doesn't change if you're using a right-to-left language such as Hebrew.

At this time, a few features are available in English only:

  • Dashboards and reports that Power BI creates when you connect to services such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Google Analytics, and Salesforce. You can still create your own dashboards and reports in your own language.
  • Exploring your data with Q&A.

Note

The auto date/time feature will generate localized month names using the "MMMM" format string. Since most Eastern Asian languages use "OOOO" as the format string, the month names generated by the auto date/time feature will not be localized to those languages.

Stay tuned as we work to bring additional features to other languages.

Choose your language in the Power BI service

  1. In the Power BI service, select the Settings icon Screenshot of the Power BI service showing Settings icon. > Settings.
  2. On the General tab, select Language.
  3. Use the language already set for your browser, or select a separate language for the Power BI service.

Choose your language in the browser

Power BI detects your language based on the language preferences on your computer. The way you access and change these preferences may vary depending on your operating system and browser. Here's how to access these preferences from Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.

Microsoft Edge (version 91)

  1. Select the Settings and more ellipses (...) from the upper right corner of your browser window, and choose Settings.
    Screenshot of Edge showing the Settings and more icon.

  2. Select the Settings icon in the upper left corner of your browser window, and choose Languages.

    Screenshot of Edge showing the Settings button.

  3. Select your preferred language.

Google Chrome (version 91)

  1. Select the menu button in the upper right corner of your browser window, and choose Settings.

    Screenshot of Google Chrome showing the menu button.

  2. Expand Advanced, and choose Languages.

    Screenshot of Google Chrome showing the languages setting.

  3. To add a new language, select Add languages.

    You may need to close and reopen your browser to see the change.

Choose the language or locale of Power BI Desktop

You have two ways of getting Power BI Desktop: You can download it as a standalone installer, or install it from the Windows Store.

  • When you install Power BI Desktop from the Windows Store, it installs all the languages (currently, 42 languages) and by default shows the language that corresponds to the Windows default language.
  • When you download Power BI Desktop as a standalone installer, you choose the default language when you run the installer. You can change it at a later date.
  • You can also choose a locale to be used when importing data for a specific report.

Note

If you're installing the version of Power BI Desktop that's optimized for Power BI Report Server, you choose the language when you download. See Install Power BI Desktop optimized for Power BI Report Server for details.

Choose a language for Power BI Desktop

  1. Install Power BI Desktop from the Windows Store, or as a standalone installer.

  2. To change the language, open Desktop and in the upper left corner select File > Options and settings > Options.

    Screenshot of Power BI Desktop showing Options button.

  3. Select Regional settings and set or change your language preferences.

Language support in Power BI Desktop is limited to the languages displayed in the Application Language dropdown.

Verify Power BI Desktop default number and date formatting

Power BI Desktop gets its default number and date formatting from the Windows Region settings. You can check or change those settings, if needed.

  1. On the Windows menu select Settings

  2. In Windows Settings, select Time & language.

    Screenshot of Power B I Desktop showing the Windows settings dialog box.

  3. Select Region > Additional date, time, and regional settings. If you don't see this option, select Change data formats, and then Related settings.

    Additional date, time, and regional settings

  4. In Clock and Region, select Change date, time, or number formats.

    Clock and region settings

  5. Make sure Match Windows display language is selected, or change it if necessary.

    Match Windows display language

Choose the locale for importing data into Power BI Desktop

Whether you download Power BI Desktop or install it from the Windows Store, you can choose a locale for a specific report to be something other than the locale in your version of Power BI Desktop. The locale changes the way Power BI interprets data when it's imported from your data source. For example, is "3/4/2017" interpreted as 3 April or March 4?

  1. In Power BI Desktop, go to File > Options and settings > Options.

  2. Under Current file, select Regional Settings.

  3. In the Locale for import box, select a different locale.

    Screenshot of Power B I Desktop showing the Options dialog box.

  4. Select OK.

Choose the language for the model in Power BI Desktop

Besides setting the language for the Power BI Desktop application, you can also set the model language. The model language affects chiefly two things:

  • How we compare and sort strings. For example, because Turkish has two of the letter i, depending on the collation of your database, the two can end up in different orders when sorting.
  • The language Power BI Desktop uses when creating hidden date tables from date fields. For example, fields are called Month/Monat/Mois, and so on.

Note

The Power BI model currently uses a locale that is not case-sensitive (or kana-sensitive) so "ABC" and "abc" will be treated as equivalent. If "ABC" is loaded into the database first, other strings that differ only by case such as "Abc" won't be loaded as a separate value.

Here's how to set the model language.

  1. In Power BI Desktop, go to File > Options and settings > Options.

  2. Under Global, select Regional Settings.

  3. In the Model language box, select a different language.

    Screenshot of Power B I Desktop showing how to set the model language.

Note

Once created, the language of a Power BI model can't be changed.

Languages for the help documentation

Help is localized in these 10 languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified) - 中文(简体)
  • Chinese (Traditional) - 中文(繁體)
  • French - français
  • German - Deutsch
  • Italian - italiano
  • Japanese - 日本語
  • Korean - 한국어
  • Portuguese (Brazil) - Português
  • Russian - Русский
  • Spanish - español

Next steps