February 22, 2008

Installing Microsoft Fonts in Ubuntu

You may want to install Microsoft Truetype fonts in Ubuntu for any reason. It's very simple. All you need to do in your Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 is to install the msttcorefonts package.

The Truetype Microsoft fonts provided by the package include:

  • Andale Mono
  • Arial Black
  • Arial (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)
  • Comic Sans MS (Bold)
  • Courier New (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)
  • Georgia (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)
  • Impact
  • Times New Roman (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)
  • Trebuchet (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)
  • Verdana (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)
  • Webdings
To install msttcorefonts package, open a Terminal... Application > Accessories > Terminal and type (without the dollar sign):

$ sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

After doing this, you can also install other TTF fonts in your collection by copying them in your ~/.fonts folder. After installing new fonts, you will have to log out and log in again to be able to see and use the new fonts. If you want to avoid this, you can regenerate the fonts cache by issuing the following command:

$ sudo fc-cache -fv

That's all. Anyway, I wanna credit Carthik of Ubuntu Wordpress where I learn this from his post on Installing Microsoft Fonts Hope it will help others too.

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