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How to Install Fonts in Linux

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It’s trivially easy to install TrueType fonts in the most popular Linux distributions–Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, Mint, Pardus, or whatever you’re running. Here are the short-form instructions:

Step 1: Copy the fonts into your .fonts folder in your home folder.

There is no Step 2, so you might as well make a pot of tea and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

Of course, you may need a little more help if you’re relatively new to Linux. So here’s a more detailed set of instructions.

  1. Open your home folder.
  2. From the “View” menu in your file manager, choose “Show hidden files” (or a similarly worded option).
  3. Look for a folder called .fonts. Note the dot in front of the name: that’s what makes it a hidden folder. If there is no such folder, create a new folder with that name.
  4. Copy the fonts you want to install into the .fonts folder.

This will install the fonts for one user: the one whose home folder you’ve put the fonts in. You can repeat the same method for other users, if you have other users on your computer.

There are also ways to install the fonts for the whole system at once, so that every user has access to them. Chances are that if you need my help to install them for one user, you’ll find it a lot easier just to repeat the one-user installation for each user.

I spent a whole afternoon trying to figure this out when I first installed Linux. When I searched for help, I kept finding advice from people who wanted me to open a terminal and type a series of commands to install fonts for every user at once. Call me an imbecile, but I think my method is easier.


Written by cbaile19

July 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm