I'm running MiKTeX 2.9.6650 on an Ubuntu 16.04 machine. After successfully setting it up, I wanted to install additional languages. That option used to be in the Settings, so I assumed to find it in the new miktex-console. As far as I can see, though, there is no such option: »Settings« has two tabs, »General« and »Directories«, but nothing relating to languages at all.

Am I missing something very obvious or has it just not been implemented yet? If the latter, how can I install additional languages without the console?

One year later: It seems, there still is no option to enable a language in my setup (I just tried with a fresh installation); a workaround that had been posted on github (https://github.com/MiKTeX/miktex/issues/136) does not work anymore, either. It seems, MikTeX is not an option under Linux.

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The tabs are already there in a current miktex (I checked both in miktex next and a standard miktex)

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But there is no "add language button" (at least not in my single user installation, perhaps it is different for a multiuser installation). One only can enable and disable existing languages. So ff you want to add really new languages you will have to change the languages.ini manually.

  • Thank you for that info. Can you point me towards how do to switch my installation over to MiKTeX Next? Checking 'Retrieve pre-release packages' in the Package Source settings does not seem to change anything, at least no upadates are reported as being available.
    – dariok
    May 4, 2018 at 14:12
  • Changing to "retrieve pre-release" worked for me. If you have a multiuser installation you problem need to do in admin mode as it mostly affects binaries. May 4, 2018 at 14:15
  • The 'Language' tab is available on my non-next system as well (2.9.6677). So maybe a normal update suffices.
    – moewe
    May 4, 2018 at 14:16
  • @moewe could be, I didn't check there yet. May 4, 2018 at 14:18
  • Well, I did a fresh install immediately before asking so I thought I should have the newest version available. That, however, does not seem to be so – MiKTeX reports version 2.9.6650. I have a single user installation so that should not be the issue. – Well, it seems I'll just have to wait, probably the mirror accessed by the updater is not synced yet.
    – dariok
    May 4, 2018 at 14:25

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