French Computer Terms

1 – Literal French Translations Of English Computer Terms

Most of the time, the French equivalent is just a literal translation of the English term. For example:

1 File ↠ “le fichier”
2 Bookmark ↠ “Le marque-page”(but also “signet” or “favori” depending on the browsers)
3 Software ↠ “Un logiciel”
4 Software library ↠ “Une logithèque”
5 An (email) attachment ↠ “Une pièce jointe”
6 A browser ↠ “un navigateur”
7 Word processor ↠ “un traitement de texte”
8 Hard drive ↠ “un disque dur”
9 Password ↠ “un mot de passe”
10 Mouse ↠ “une souris”
11 Mouse pad ↠ “un tapis de souris”
12 Database ↠ “une base de données”
13 Button ↠ “un bouton”
14 Search engine ↠ “un moteur de recherche”
15 Scroll bar ↠ “une barre de defilement”

2 – Tech Words That Stay In English Because There’s No (Official) Equivalent In French:

1 Web ↠ “Le web”
2 Blog ↠ “un blog”
3 Wifi ↠ “le or la WiFi”(pronounce it wee fee)
4 Modem ↠ “le modem”
5 Driver ↠ “le driver”(you’ll sometimes see “le pilote” on this one)

3 – How To Say To Surf The Web In French?

To surf the web can be said as “naviguer SUR l’internet” but you also sometimes hear “naviguer internet” on TV.


You’ll sometimes hear “la toile”, a literal translation of ‘the web’, but it’s mostly used in newspapers, and if you ask me, is a bit snobbish.

4 – How To Say Email In French?

Email is probably one of the most contentious ones, most people say “un email” or “un mail”.

5 – How To Say A Blog In French?

A blog is mostly called… a blog! However, a blog post is often referred to as “un billet”.

6 – How To Say To Download In French?

To ‘download’ is “télécharger” but “télécharger” is also used to mean ‘to upload’ (the official translation)…