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Install fonts on Ubuntu

Posted by maximillan on December 4, 2006

Install fonts on Ubuntu

1. Installing fonts for single login use
 1a. using kfontview
 1b. by hand
2. Installing fonts for system wide use
3. Installing Microsoft Windows Fonts (eg. Times New Roman)

1. Installing fonts for single login use

1a. using kfontview
The easiest way to install fonts is using kfontview. Try running “kfontview” from the command line.
If you do not have kfontview installed, as root run:

# apt-get install kcontrol

This will download a few dependencies, so if you are short on disk space or simply do not want to install KDE, use the instructions in step 1b

Run “kfontview” from the command line
From the kfontview window, open the font you have downloaded.
Click on the “Install” button
NOTICE: You will probably need to resize the window to see the “Install” button which is in the lower right hand corner.
Click on the “Personal” button

1b. by hand
If ~/.fonts does not exist, create it:

$ mkdir ~/.fonts


Copy the font, from the command line, run the following:

$ cp [fontfile] ~/.fonts


From the command line, run the following:


$ fc-cache -f -v ~/.fonts


or alternatively, log out, and log back in.


2. Installing for system wide use
Make the following directory as root:

# mkdir /usr/share/fonts/truetype/myfonts

Copy the font(s) into the newly created directory:

# cp [fonts] /usr/share/fonts/truetype/myfonts


Run the following:

# fc-cache -f -v


3. Installing Windows Fonts (eg. Times New Roman)

Make sure you have the “universe” repository added. If not, as root, modify your /etc/apt/sources.list and uncomment the deb line which will look something like this:

# deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper universe


Then update apt-get:

# apt-get update


Run the following as root:

# apt-get install msttcorefonts

Tested under Ubuntu Dapper.

taken from: link

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