How to Install Windows Font in Linux?

Install windows fonts using one of mentioned method.

Method 1:

Copy the *.ttf (True Type Fonts) fonts like Arial, Tahoma, Verdana, Courier New and Times New Roman from the windows partition to the fonts:// location in nautilus.

Method 2:

For Ubuntu users, and since Ubuntu does not have a root account, they find difficulty in using su to copy either. Such people can do the following:

Create a ‘.fonts’ folder in your home directory and copy the necessary fonts into it. Now you have access to the fonts on a per user basis.

Method 3:

This method can be used to install the fonts system wide if the above two methods does not works for you. First find out in which location Linux has installed the true type fonts. It is usually at the location ‘/usr/share/fonts/’. But you may also do a search for the same as follows:

# find /usr -iname \*.ttf | head -n 10

Once you know the path of the fonts directory, move to this directory and create a folder there (it can be any name).

# cd /usr/share/fonts/

# mkdir WinFonts

# cd WinFonts

Note: You need to be logged in as root while doing this.

Next copy all the windows ttf fonts to the WinFonts directory that was just created.

# cp /media/sda1/Windows/Fonts/*.ttf .

Now change the ownership of the fonts as well as make sure they have the correct permissions – 644.

# chown root.root *.ttf

# chmod 644 *.ttf

Now, simply restart your system. That’s it. Now you can have access to windows fonts in all your GUI applications including firefox and OpenOffice.org.


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