I have a Drupal 7 setup with an internationalized site. The default languages is English but the content is also available in German. However the site focuses on a German audience. As in Drupal you cannot switch the default languages without messing up all string translations, we have a custom language negotiation rule implemented (hook_language_negotiation_info()) that makes sure if no session or query parameter (like lang=en) is set, the site is shown in German. So, to make it short: If an user accesses our site like this:


it will be shown in German. Nevertheless Facebooks open graph scraper scraps the site always in English, as it would add programmatically lang=en to all URLs. How can that be? we have the following language specific meta tags:

<link href="https://www.example.com/node/581?lang=en" rel="alternate" hreflang="en" />
<link href="https://www.example.com/task/581" rel="alternate" hreflang="de" />
<meta property="og:locale" content="de_DE" />
<meta property="og:locale:alternate" content="en_US" />

Does anybody know, what I could do, to convince Facebook open graph scraper to scrape the German version as default?

  • are you using metatag module?
    – oksana-c
    Feb 22, 2016 at 0:01
  • @oksana-c Yes, metatag module is installed.
    – user5950
    Feb 22, 2016 at 22:24
  • do your other tags (like description and so on) show up in German on the page where you copied your tags from?
    – oksana-c
    Feb 22, 2016 at 22:43
  • @oksana-c Yes, the other tags show up in German.
    – user5950
    Feb 23, 2016 at 13:32

1 Answer 1


Without knowing exactly how the following tags are generated I cannot provide the exact solution to your issue, but only to point out what causes the Facebook to grab EN version.

1. <link href="https://www.example.com/node/581?lang=en" rel="alternate"
> hreflang="en" />

2. <link href="https://www.example.com/task/581"
> rel="alternate" hreflang="de" />

Tags 1 & 2 have rel attribute set to alternative, which tells facebook that both links from tag 1 & 2 can be used for fetching info. Therefore it grabs the first one in line.

Each page should have rel="canonical" tag that will tell facebook and all other crawlers, that it is a primary url for that page that should be used for fetching info.

I do not know if you have a link tag with rel="canonical" in your source code, as you only copied a portion of your meta tags. I suggest you check if it is present, and what page version it points to. If it is not present, add it.

Also, meta tag og:url should point to the right version of the page.

<meta property="og:url" content="https://www.example.com/task/581" />

Test your tags by fetching new meta info via Facebook Open Graph Debugger.

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