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HOWTO Install Fonts on Ubuntu

1. Installing fonts for single login use

a. 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 b
  • 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
b. 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 dapper universe
  • Then update apt-get:
  • # apt-get update
  • Run the following as root:
  • # apt-get install msttcorefonts

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