Arabic (RTL) & Ghost

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Ghost is limited to support Right to Left (RTL) languages, like Arabic or Hebrew. This post is ongoing for tips and techniques for making Ghost more RTL-friendly for the Ghost admin and front end/theme sides.

Ghost Admin Support

Before, I wrote a post about making it RTL-friendly to flip the admin layout direction from Left to Right (LTR) to RTL. It’s not 100% perfect, but it gets the job done. You can read it at Ghost Admin Right to Left (RTL) Support.

Theme Support

I wrote a post about making it RTL-friendly if you use the default Casper theme. You can read it at How to Add Right to Left (RTL) Support to the Ghost CMS Default Casper Theme.

The Casper theme comes only with English translation. Therefore, if required, you will need to change the theme text from the theme files.

I have some themes that come with RTL support and Arabic translation. The themes are Ubud, Krabi, Penang, Hue, and Melaka.

The following are online Arabic blogs with Ubud and Krabi themes in use.

Changing the Ghost language to ar will activate the Arabic translation. In addition, you can do a small theme change to activate the RTL layout, as shown in the Krabi theme online documentation.

There is no way to change or translate the Portal text yet. The Portal, Comments and Comments are not part of the theme files but a core Ghost component.


I have not tried that with Ghost to have multiple languages, so I don’t have any advice here, but it requires theme customization on any given theme. The Ghost guide A complete guide to translation & multi-language content in Ghost might be helpful.

I suggest you try Ghost with the default Casper theme to see how things are going. Trying it will also give you the impression that Ghost is a good choice or not. Ghost Pro has a 30 days free trial.

I hope this post gave you an overview of the current Ghost RTL and Arabic support, and I will update this post with new updates.

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