I think I must be missing something here.

I have enabled the multilingual modules and added a language. It all seems to be working with respect to translating content - an admin can easily translate an individual page. However I can't see how to give an anonymous user the ability to change their selected language. I was expecting the multilingual modules to create Blocks that would allow a user to change their default language and which would notify them if a particular page is available in another language. So my questions are:

1) How do I allow an anonymous user to change their preferred language?
2) How do I alert an anonymous user to the fact that a particular page is available in another language?

  • You should be able to add a language switcher block and have it appear on translated nodes, allowing anonymous users to pick the language. Jan 8, 2017 at 17:42
  • More info: "You also need to have the url method enabled in the detection and selection page." Jan 8, 2017 at 17:49
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    @WimMostrey If you can write a few sentences to summarize the tutorial (OP asks basically step 5) it would be quite a good answer :) Jan 8, 2017 at 17:53
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    @Neograph734 You're right. I added an actual answer now instead of just a comment, thanks for the tip. Jan 8, 2017 at 18:00

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You can find a detailed answer in step 5 of this guide: 5 Steps to Build a Drupal 8 Multi-lingual Site.

Basically, this is what you need to do:

  • Go to Admin > Structure > Blocks
  • Click "Place blocks" on the desired region
  • Click "Place block" next to the "Language Switcher" block
  • Click "Save block"
  • Go to a translated node and the Language Switcher will be working

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As a sidenote mentioned in the comments of that guide: "You also need to have the url method enabled in the detection and selection page."


Regarding your first question, go to detection and selection at /admin/config/regional/language/detection, check the User box, and uncheck the rest. Then save the page. After this, users will be able to edit their profile, and select their language there.

  • Sorry, this is for anonymous users - just visitors to the website. I will update the question to make that clearer.
    – James
    Jan 8, 2017 at 17:06

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