Wednesday, July 11, 2007

How To Install a TTF Font In Ubuntu & Microsoft Fonts

Step 1: Download a ttf font you like. Here is a cool website that has a ton for free. Save your fonts onto your desktop.

If you font is zipped or uses any other compression make sure you uncompress it. Your font should end in the extension .ttf

Now make a directory for your custom ttf fonts
in a terminal type:
sudo mkdir /usr/share/fonts/truetype/custom

Step 2: Put the ttf font into the custom folder
In a terminal type:
sudo nautilus

This will bring up a nautilus window
go to /usr/share/fonts/truetype/custom

copy in your fonts

Step 3: Rebuild your font cache
in a terminal type:
sudo fc-cache -f -v

To get the free Microsoft fonts, and make opening MS Office documents easier in OpenOffice
in a terminal type: sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
edited by pHreaksYcle


Miguel said...

Cool. I had problems reading papers created using some sort of pdf printer on word documents (weird and uncomfortable to read) but, when downloading ms fonts, the issue is solved.

Richard said...

what a mission that did not work for me despite nearly an hour of attempts, really I hate windoze but it will be the main os for many centuries to come based on the absolute difficulties faced in doing the simplest of tasks and the lack of knowledge in the inner workings of the system by most who consider themselves "experts". Why for gods sake can you not simply drag and drop files or simply open a font window and incorporate a new font ?.

redDEAD said...

There is a way to drag and drop

sudo mkdir /usr/share/fonts/truetype/custom

sudo nautilus

go to /usr/share/fonts/truetype/custom

drop in fonts

then sudo fc-cache -f -v

ha ha ha I say on the front page I'm not a guru, I'm just a regular guy. With a half ass font guide. It was written to be idiot proof but months later it just seems poorly written. This method is much easier and makes more sense.

wtigerks said...

i am haveing problems with doing this it is not leting do that how do i unlock filesystom so i can add the font thanks

M said...

YES! FINALLY! After endless hours trying to solve the font problem, a method that ACTUALLY WORKS on my distro of Ubuntu is available! THANK YOU!

AnonimLooser said...

Thanks, this method is the easyest and works fine :)