After installing Bash in Windows 10 I noted that it is using Swedish in the linux applications. My Windows 10 installation is in English.

I have tried to reinstall bash after changing the default input language to english using

lxrun /uninstall /full

lxrun /install

But it is still using swedish texts in the linux apps, e.g. in nano.

So how can I force the Linux subsystem to install with english language?

5 Answers 5


The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) installation should automatically set the Ubuntu locale to match the locale of your Windows install. You can change the Ubuntu locale manually using the shell.

  1. Run this command in bash.exe to change the language to US English:

    sudo update-locale LANG=en_US.UTF8

    If you get a sudo: unable to resolve host error whenever you run sudo,

    • Verify that you have a hostname set (with the hostname command).

      • If it isn't set, add it to the /etc/hostname file.
      • Ensure that /etc/hostname contains only the hostname.

      Edit the file with sudoedit /etc/hostname (assuming you can get that to work); see this.

    • Ensure that your /etc/hosts file contains entries for your actual hostname (spelled exactly the same) and/or localhost.  Again, use sudoedit.

    See Error message when I run sudo: unable to resolve host for more information.

  2. Relaunch the bash.exe for the changes to take effect.
  3. If that doesn't fix it, try restarting the service:

    sc stop  lxssmanager
    sc start lxssmanager

If you want to learn more about the bash in WSL, you can read the FAQ by Microsoft.

  • Seems that a restart of the service is also required for the change to take effect: "sc stop lxssmanager" , "sc start lxssmanager". I got an error when running the update-locale cmd: "sudo: unable to resolve host ...".
    – User0
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 5:58
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    "WSL install will automatically detects the Ubuntu locale to match the locale of your Windows install" I'd rather say "misdetects." I got Finnish, I have all settings on English, except keyboard layout and date format. That's not really a Finnish locale in my book. Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 9:28
  • I got the error sudo: unable to resolve host while trying to run that command. It worked when I ran it without sudo. Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 10:36
  • @sgtfrankieboy It won't persist without sudo. See this question and its answers.
    – cat
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 14:08
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    LANG=en_US.UTF-8, missing the '-'
    – eee
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 14:07

This manual describes different ways. Since in this case we are using Ubuntu, choose corresponding options. Summary:

  • Change locale for current session only: LANG=en_US.UTF-8
  • Change locale permanently for current user: add LANG=en_US.UTF-8 to ~/.bashrc
  • Change default system locale: use LANG=en_US.UTF-8 in

According to locale -a the following English locales are available in my system by default: C, C.UTF-8, en_US.utf8.


If you haven't the language already installed you need to use:

sudo apt-get install language-pack-en language-pack-en-base manpages

changing "en" to your locale, and then use the command to switch locale.


Instead of reinstalling bash, add the following line to the file ~/.bashrc


Then you get english language bash.


Non of these worked for me. Running Ubuntu18.04.2 LTS (Bionic Beaver) on WSL Build 16299.

The workaround for me was from Lri's solution:

$ sudo apt install gcal
$ alias cal='gcal --starting-day=1'

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