Can’t change language (only “English (United States)”)

WordPress should always allow me to change the language, anytime. However, sometimes I get stuck in these kind of situations, where I only get to choose “English (United States)”.

(Settings > General Settings > Site Language)

What I expect:


What I get:


Why is that? How can I fix this?


Maybe WordPress doesn’t have permissions to save the new language files. I had the same problem, and I solved it by adding the following to wp-config.php

define('FS_METHOD', 'direct');

You might also want to check that your wp-content/-directory is writable for the web server user.

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