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 Adding New Fonts to Your System

System-wide Installation

To install fonts to your system for use by all users, (as root) you can place the font files somewhere under /usr/share/fonts or /usr/share/fonts/truetype. Alternatively, if the fonts reside elsewhere on your system, as root, you can also link to the directory.

Method 1

gksu nautilus

* create /usr/share/fonts/truetype/

* copy font files to new location.

* then update your font cache.

sudo fc-cache -fv

Method 2

sudo ln -s /path/to/fontfiles /usr/share/fonts/fontfiles

* then update your font cache.

sudo fc-cache -fv

Per-user Installation

* in your home directory, create .fonts/

mkdir .fonts

* copy font files to the new location

* update your font cache

fc-cache -fv

*Alternatively, you can use the linking method (2) above.

Installing Microsoft Fonts

sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

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Created: 6 years ago.
Last edited: 6 years ago.
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6 months ago

Great stuff - just added some Microsoft fonts I need for teaching to my Linux laptop - very useful and convenient.

I had to research how the Microsoft Fonts program worked and where the fonts were stored - this info could be added to this tutorial - all worked perfectly though - thanks so much.
2 years ago

Thanks I successfully installed some free fonts in 17.1 cinnamon using the 2nd method.  
2 years ago

Found it useful.  
3 years ago

thanks for the useful tutorial  
4 years ago

Than would take candy from a baby. Thank you for the tutorial.  
5 years ago

Here is an easy way to install Windows fonts. Note that the fonts will only be available for the user account that installed them.

1. Click Menu -> Computer, open your Windows partition, and navigate to the Fonts folder. On Windows 7 64-bit this is /Windows/Fonts

2. Select all the fonts you want to install by click-dragging or holding down Ctrl.

3. Right-click your selected fonts and click "Open With Font Viewer". Note: all the selected fonts will open in separate windows, possibly creating dozens of new windows.

4. In each window that opened, click Install Font. Done! Enjoy your Microsoft fonts on your favorite office software.

5 years ago

also, if you wish to download fonts from the internet, all you have to do is download the file and open it. Font files appear as *.TTF, usually compressed in a zip or tarball. When you open the font file there will be a button which says install, and violla! The font is installed. One of my favorite fonts is this one:

Font Center also has many other great fonts. This method also works in Ubuntu.
5 years ago

"Alternatively, if the fonts reside elsewhere on your system, as root, you can also link to the directory." - How to do that???
Useful tutorial, thanks
6 years ago

Thanks for the tutorial  
6 years ago

Pretty useful, ty!  
6 years ago

small howto, very useful, thanks

6 years ago

Thanks for this useful howto. I am a long time fedora user and was not familiar with the MS installation  
6 years ago

thank you, with this tutorial I could install some fonts I like very much.
worked like a charm.
6 years ago

This tutorial should be merged with the tutorial already published at  

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