This package manages culturally-determined typographical (and other) rules, and hyphenation patterns for a wide range of languages. Many language styles work with pdflatex, as well as with xelatex and lualatex out of the box. A few even work with plain formats. Included is a set of ini files for about 300 languages.
The latest stable version is available on https://ctan.org/pkg/babel.
Changes in version 24.2 are described in:
Apart from the manual, you can find information on some aspects of babel at:
The best way to install and/or update it is with the help of package managers.
If you wish to report a problem or bug in any of these packages please use the Issue Tracker for LaTeX2ε on GitHub and follow the guidelines that pop up if you press the
New issue button.
In particular, to check that you are really seeing a bug, please write a short, self-contained document that shows the problem. This should include the
latexbug package, which will warn if your test file is not suitable for one or the other reason. See the CONTRIBUTING guide for further details, or if you need to obtain the
If the bug turns out to be with third-party software then please contact the developer, and not us!
You may also report them to the current maintainer more informally on:
Bugs related to specific languages are best reported to their respective authors.
Summary of latest changes
24.2 2024-02-07 * Cleaned up some language names. * Mosty internal changes and minor fixes.
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babel – Multilingual support for LaTeX, LuaLaTeX, XeLaTeX, and Plain TeX
This package manages culturally-determined typographical (and other) rules for a wide range of languages. A document may select a single language to be supported, or it may select several, in which case the document may switch from one language to another in a variety of ways.
Babel uses contributed configuration files that provide the detail of what has to be done for each language, as well as .ini files for about 300 languages from around the World, including many written in non-Latin and RTL scripts. Many of them work with pdfLaTeX, as well as with XeLaTeX and LuaLaTeX, out of the box. A few even work with plain formats.
|The LaTeX Project Public License 1.3
|1989–2012 Johannes Braams et al.
2012–2024 Javier Bezos and Johannes L. Braams
|Javier Bezos López
Johannes L. Braams (inactive)
|TeX Live as babel
MiKTeX as babel