Select a Language for System Messages

Any installation of SAP ASE can use Language Modules, which contains files of messages in different languages.

SAP ASE provides Language Modules for messages in the following languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish. If your client language is not one of these languages, you see system messages in English, the default language.

Each client can choose to view messages in their own language at the same time, from the same server; for example, one client views system messages in French, another in Spanish, and another in German. To do this, however, all selected languages must be part of the same language group. For example, French, Spanish and German are all part of language group 1. Japanese, on the other hand, is part of language group 101, which contains no other languages. Therefore, if Japanese is your server language, you can display system messages only in Japanese or English. Remember that all language groups can display messages in English. There is also a server-wide default language, used if the user has not selected a specific language. If you use Unicode, you can view system messages in any of the supported languages.

You can select the language for your system messages in one of two ways:

This table displays the supported system message languages and their language groups. Each user can select only one language per session for system messages:

Language group

System message languages

Character sets

Group 1

French, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese

ASCII 8, CP 437, CP 850, CP 860, CP 863, CP 1252, ISO 8859-1, ISO 8859-15, Macintosh Roman, ROMAN8

Group 2


Cp 1250, CP 852, ISO 8859-2

Group 101


CP 932, DEC Kanji, EUC-JIS, Shift-JIS

Group 102

Simplified Chinese (PRC)

CP 936, EUC-GB, GB18030

Group 104



Group 105


CP 874, TIS 620


French, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean


All Other Language Groups


Install Language Modules for all languages in which clients will receive messages. These Language Modules, located in the locales subdirectory of the SAP ASE installation directory, are part of a group of files called localization files.