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Codes for the
Representation of Names
of Languages

ISO 639 codes arranged alphabetically by alpha-3 code: downloadable text files

These files may be used to download the list of language codes with their language names, for example into a database. To read the files, please note that one line of text contains one entry. An alpha-3 (bibliographic) code, an alpha-3 (terminologic) code (when given), an alpha-2 code (when given), an English name, and a French name of a language are all separated by pipe (|) characters. If one of these elements is not applicable to the entry, the field is left empty, i.e., a pipe (|) character immediately follows the preceding entry. The Line terminator is the LF character.

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