How can I use url-aliases in additional languages without the language prefix?

From his old homebrew-CMS, my client has the following URLs:

  • example.com/english-page => redirecting to example.com/en/node/1
  • example.com/deutsche-seite => redirecting to example.com/de/node/1

I use Drupal 9.5.9, Redirect 8.x-1.8 and Pathauto 8.x-1.11. Default Language is German (de)

node 1 in German has url-alias '/deutsche-seite'
node 1 in its English Translation has url-alias '/english-page'

Opening the Site with the following URLs leads to different Results:

  • example.com/en/english-page => OK, opens in english
  • example.com/de/deutsche-seite => OK, opens in german
  • example.com/deutsche-seite => OK. Redirects to /de/deutsche-seite which opens in german.
  • example.com/english-page => Not OK, throws a 404.

How can I achieve that example.com/english-page redirects to example.com/en/english-page or renders the english translation of node 1? I did not find any settings on pathauto or languages, and if I try to create an Redirect manually, the redirect-module does not allow me to enter a path without language prefix (https://www.drupal.org/project/redirect/issues/3208013)

Thanks a lot for any hint... Kind regards, mullzk

  • When you say it won't let you add the DE specific redirect for /english-page. Do you mean its showing an error? Or just that its showing "/de" in the domain when entering the URL? As newer versions of redirect don't show the language selector and what you're trying should work fine Jun 22, 2023 at 13:42
  • I am not sure I understand... I think I have the newest version of redirect (8.x-1.8) and there still is a language selector. The field 'Path' is prefixed with a language code (the one of current language or whatever set by the language selector. But my problem is in the 'To'-Field, where I should be able to point to the english-page, but it takes only the Node and automatically switches the language, and does not use /en/ if the url /english-page is called
    – mullzk
    Jun 22, 2023 at 14:55
  • In the language field you'd need to select DE, in the "from" field enter "english-page", in the "to" select node 1 (using the autocomplete which will be in german) Jun 22, 2023 at 14:58
  • this does prevent a 404, but does not solve the problem. When calling example.com/english-page, it gets redirected to example.com/de/deutsche-seite. instead, it should be redirected to example.com/en/english-page
    – mullzk
    Jun 23, 2023 at 7:00
  • Did you check your Language settings? Does your English language settings have the "en" as the prefix? Usually the English as a default language is the only one that has en empty prefix.
    – prkos
    Jun 27, 2023 at 21:48

1 Answer 1


Two ways to solve problem 1sy is patch for 9.x, 10.x branch. Dont working for me, but you can try link: https://www.drupal.org/project/drupal/issues/2689459

Second is lang neutral aliases module. It works for me ok https://www.drupal.org/project/language_neutral_aliases

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