I am trying to install the 'texlive-lang-dutch' package on my Kubuntu machine. I tried:

sudo apt install texlive-lang-dutch

But this doesn't work. Obviously, the package is not available:

Unable to locate package texlive-lang-dutch

Indeed, I checked which language packages are available:

texlive-lang-african      texlive-lang-chinese      texlive-lang-czechslovak  texlive-lang-french       texlive-lang-indic        texlive-lang-korean       texlive-lang-portuguese   
texlive-lang-all          texlive-lang-cjk          texlive-lang-english      texlive-lang-german       texlive-lang-italian      texlive-lang-other        texlive-lang-spanish      
texlive-lang-arabic       texlive-lang-cyrillic     texlive-lang-european     texlive-lang-greek        texlive-lang-japanese     texlive-lang-polish   

It is obvious that many language packages are missing, not just dutch. I tried searching for a solution. So far I have tried

sudo apt clean all
sudo apt upgrade


sudo apt clean all
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

This doesn't help. Does anyone know how to solve this issue?

  • You can install texlive-lang-all... Or just texlive-full! Oct 25, 2017 at 12:35
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    Yes, I could do this but it is not really a solution if I want only one or few languages
    – Iris
    Oct 25, 2017 at 12:36
  • The texlive-latex-base package provides babel with dutch support. Oct 25, 2017 at 12:40

2 Answers 2


Try installing texlive-lang-european. (Take a look at this)

Edit: Thanks to egreg for clarifying that you don't need to install texlive-lang-dutch afterwards

  • After a long search, this is the way to go! Thanks, 'sudo apt-get install texlive-lang-european' did the trick.
    – Matt
    Sep 1, 2021 at 15:27

i had to check my textlive packages online repository and search for "french" package by typing "french" (ctl+f)

rep: ftp://tug.org/historic/systems/texlive/2017/tlnet-final/archive/ package found: babel-french

line command: tlmgr install babel-french

It worked for me and it should help somehow!

  • Note that the question is about Ubuntu/Debian packages installed with apt, which are different from tlmgr (TeX Live package manager) packages that you mention in your answer.
    – Marijn
    Sep 8, 2020 at 12:07

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