How to put “man” guides in Spanish in Ubuntu

Although not necessary for some time, the commands are still widely used in GNU / Linux operating systems. The problem is that there are so many options available to us that it would be virtually impossible to memorize them all. Luckily there is a command that we can use to get information about other orders: man. The “man-option” command will provide us with a small manual of virtually any command, but the information, as usual, is in English.

What if we want to have these manuals in Spanish? Well, as with virtually everything related to Linux, we only have to take a few small steps to translate them. In this post we will explain how to install the packages needed to put these manuals in our language.

Guides “man” in Spanish

  1. The first thing we need to do is open a terminal and type the following command:
sudo apt install manpages-es manpages-es-extra
  1. Then in the terminal we write the following:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales
  1. Once we give it Intro we will see a window like the following. All we have to do is accept.


  1. And finally, we accept again, not without first making sure to choose the Spanish version we want. It will start downloading the necessary information and, when it is finished, we will already have some manuals available in Spanish.



You may have noticed that I mentioned “some manuals” earlier. This is because, even though we have installed the necessary packages, there are many of these manuals will remain in English. For example, if we open a terminal and type man apt we will see that all the information is still in English. On the other hand, if we write man install we will see how all the information will be shown to us in perfect Spanish.

Finally, I would like to explain a little about how to move through these manuals:

  • The up and down keys will be used exactly as their name suggests.
  • The Q key will take us out of the manual.
  • The H key will show us additional information (including these three points).

Have you already put your manuals in Spanish?

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