I might not understand Drupal 8 and the different Multilingual approach completely, but I'm bumping into all sorts of issues.

What I simply want, is a single Menu , containing links from 2 different languages.

To make this happen :

  • I enabled the Language module, and set-up 1 additional language. Install was done in NL, and I added FR
  • I enabled the Content Translation module
  • I checked both 'Content' & 'Menu Link' under, so that I can translate both the Node & the menu title ( admin/config/regional/content-language )
  • Set the language of the Main Menu to '- Not applicable'. I'm not sure if this is right, but the menu would contain links from 2 languages, so I thought this was best option ( admin/structure/menu/manage/main )

Issue #1 :

When I create a NL node & enable menu-link, all is fine on /nl , but on /fr the menu-link still pops up. This seems weird, as I have no translation or menu-link for FR.

Issue #2 :

When I click 'Translate' on the NL node, I get the FR edit form. I type my content, and I change the menu link title ( the field is visible & pre-filled with the NL menu link title ). I now have both a NL & FR version of my node, but my original NL menu link changed with it. I would assume that automatically , a FR version of my menu link would be created. However, that's not the case. I have to manually go to Structure > Menus and click 'translate' on my NL menu link

Am I setting up the wrong way ? Should I go for a separate NL/FR menu ? Will I have to manually add functionality, to create a menu-item on the fly when I translate a node ?

Has someone done something similar and experienced the same issues? And perhaps have any solutions ?

2 Answers 2


At the moment it is not possible to translate the menu items in the node form:

Unfortunately the node form's menu widget was not made ready for menu item translations (yet), so if you provide the French menu item title there, it will be updated in the original item and not going to create a translation. Until that is fixed, use the menu item translation process as with the contact menu item.

Drupal 8 multilingual tidbits 20: combination use cases with content and menus

The solution presented by Gábor Hojtsy in the link is to translate the menu in the menu management or use different menus for every language.

  • Thanks for the info! I didn't know that, but it seems the tidbit was raised after I asked the question. However, I find translation it in the menu cumbersome, and when using different menu's, it doesn't automatically switch to the FR menu when on the FR node, but maybe I can pre-select it.
    – Vodde
    Nov 23, 2015 at 10:41

I think this is working now. If you go to /admin/config/regional/content-language and choose "Custom Menu Link" (and then select it again below when it appears), it seems to work.

  • Indeed, this works like a charm now.
    – Kevincore
    Oct 17, 2017 at 8:30

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