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Install fonts on Linux – Debian, Ubuntu, Kali, Mint – Microsoft TrueType core and many more

Installing fonts is important for those who are multilingual or want to spice up their screen. Many websites uses different fonts and without having to install fonts on Linux, you wont see those, you will see a flat boring default font. I will also show how to reconfigure your fontconfig so that it looks better on your CRT or LCD screen.

This posts shows how you can install fonts and configure them on the following Linux Operating systems:

  1. Debian Linux
  2. Ubuntu Linux
  3. Linux Mint
  4. Kali Linux
  5. Any Debian or Ubuntu Variant such as Elementary OS

The basic – Microsoft TrueType core Fonts

This package allows for easy installation of the Microsoft True Type Core Fonts for the Web including:

  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

You will need an Internet connection to download these fonts if you don’t already have them.

NOTE: the package ttf-liberation contains free variants of the Times, Arial and Courier fonts. It’s better to use those instead unless you specifically need one of the other fonts from this package.

Install instructions:

First of all let’s check if we even have those fonts in our repositories. I use Kali Linux which is a variant of Debian Linux. If you’re using Kali, you need to add the default official repositories.

Let’s do an apt-cache search:

root@kali:~# apt-cache search ttf-mscorefonts-installer 
ttf-mscorefonts-installer - Installer for Microsoft TrueType core fonts

apt-cache search fonts - blackMORE Ops

That means we are good to go. If not, follow the link above to add official repositories for Kali Linux (or if you’re using Debian Linux or Ubuntu Linux (or even Linux Mint variants), go and add official repositories for that.)

Now install Microsoft TrueType core using a single command:

root@kali:~# 
root@kali:~# apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

(output below)

Output - Click to expand

Output - Click to expand

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
ttf-mscorefonts-installer
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 87 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/33.3 kB of archives.
After this operation, 127 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Preconfiguring packages ...
Selecting previously unselected package ttf-mscorefonts-installer.
(Reading database ... 360406 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking ttf-mscorefonts-installer (from .../ttf-mscorefonts-installer_3.4+nmu1_all.deb) ...
Processing triggers for fontconfig ...
Setting up ttf-mscorefonts-installer (3.4+nmu1) ...

These fonts were provided by Microsoft "in the interest of cross-
platform compatibility". This is no longer the case, but they are
still available from third parties.

You are free to download these fonts and use them for your own use,
but you may not redistribute them in modified form, including changes
to the file name or packaging format.

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--2014-07-31 11:13:04-- http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/impact32.exe
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--2014-07-31 11:13:09-- http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/verdan32.exe
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--2014-07-31 11:13:11-- http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/webdin32.exe
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extracting Arialbd.TTF
extracting Arialbi.TTF
extracting Arial.TTF

All done, no errors.
comic32.exe: OK
Extracting cabinet: comic32.exe
extracting fontinst.inf
extracting Comicbd.TTF
extracting Comic.TTF
extracting fontinst.exe

All done, no errors.
courie32.exe: OK
Extracting cabinet: courie32.exe
extracting cour.ttf
extracting courbd.ttf
extracting courbi.ttf
extracting fontinst.inf
extracting couri.ttf
extracting fontinst.exe

All done, no errors.
georgi32.exe: OK
Extracting cabinet: georgi32.exe
extracting fontinst.inf
extracting Georgiaz.TTF
extracting Georgiab.TTF
extracting Georgiai.TTF
extracting Georgia.TTF
extracting fontinst.exe

All done, no errors.
impact32.exe: OK
Extracting cabinet: impact32.exe
extracting fontinst.exe
extracting Impact.TTF
extracting fontinst.inf

All done, no errors.
times32.exe: OK
Extracting cabinet: times32.exe
extracting fontinst.inf
extracting Times.TTF
extracting Timesbd.TTF
extracting Timesbi.TTF
extracting Timesi.TTF
extracting FONTINST.EXE

All done, no errors.
trebuc32.exe: OK
Extracting cabinet: trebuc32.exe
extracting FONTINST.EXE
extracting trebuc.ttf
extracting Trebucbd.ttf
extracting trebucbi.ttf
extracting trebucit.ttf
extracting fontinst.inf

All done, no errors.
verdan32.exe: OK
Extracting cabinet: verdan32.exe
extracting fontinst.exe
extracting fontinst.inf
extracting Verdanab.TTF
extracting Verdanai.TTF
extracting Verdanaz.TTF
extracting Verdana.TTF

All done, no errors.
webdin32.exe: OK
Extracting cabinet: webdin32.exe
extracting fontinst.exe
extracting Webdings.TTF
extracting fontinst.inf
extracting Licen.TXT

All done, no errors.
All fonts downloaded and installed.

root@kali:~#

Note: If you’re behind a proxy server or TOR network, this install might not work, it seems you must be directly connected to Internet.

Similar font package you can also install

Here’s a list of other fonts that you can install, follow is a list of package names, that means you can use

apt-get install <package-name>

to install these

    ttf-liberation
    fonts-liberation
    ttf-uralic
    fonts-uralic
    ttf-root-installer
    ttf-freefont
    ttf-dustin
    ttf-linux-libertine
    fonts-linuxlibertine
    fonts-dustin
    ttf-staypuft

For example:

apt-get install ttf-staypuft

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More ways to install fonts

Sometimes you download .ttf file (a font file) and you want to install it directly. In that case, copy the font file to one of the following directory.

The fonts can be copied in one of this directories:

  1. /usr/share/fonts
  2. /usr/share/X11/fonts
  3. /usr/local/share/fonts
  4. ~/.fonts

Here’s how the directories work.

If you want the fonts for everyone on the system (i.e. in a multiuser environment) then put them on /usr/share/fonts.

If you only want the fonts for yourself, then put them on ~.fonts directory of your home folder.

Once you’ve copied the files in correct places, issue the following command to which will read and cache all installed fonts from these directories.

root@kali:~# fc-cache -fv

Output - Click to expand

Output - Click to expand

/usr/share/fonts: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 5 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/X11: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 4 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1: caching, new cache contents: 75 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/X11/encodings: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 1 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/X11/encodings/large: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc: caching, new cache contents: 59 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/X11/util: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/cmap: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 5 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/cmap/adobe-cns1: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/cmap/adobe-gb1: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/cmap/adobe-janan2: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/cmap/adobe-japan1: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/cmap/adobe-korea1: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/opentype: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 1 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/opentype/cantarell: caching, new cache contents: 2 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/truetype: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 8 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/droid: caching, new cache contents: 18 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont: caching, new cache contents: 12 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/liberation: caching, new cache contents: 16 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/lyx: caching, new cache contents: 10 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts: caching, new cache contents: 60 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-dejavu: caching, new cache contents: 21 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-liberation: caching, new cache contents: 16 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-staypuft: caching, new cache contents: 1 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/type1: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 1 dirs
/usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts: caching, new cache contents: 35 fonts, 0 dirs
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts: skipping, no such directory
/usr/local/share/fonts: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 0 dirs
/root/.fonts: caching, new cache contents: 61 fonts, 0 dirs
/var/cache/fontconfig: cleaning cache directory
/root/.fontconfig: not cleaning non-existent cache directory
fc-cache: succeeded
root@kali:~#
Now if you want to list all installed and cached fonts on your system, you need to use fc-list command.

Sample output below:

root@kali:~# fc-list

Output - Click to expand

Output - Click to expand

/usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/comicbd.ttf: Comic Sans MS:style=Bold,Negreta,tučné,fed,Fett,Έντονα,Negrita,Lihavoitu,Gras,Félkövér,Grassetto,Vet,Halvfet,Pogrubiony,Negrito,Полужирный,Fet,Kalın,Krepko,Lodia/root/.fonts/Ubuntu_Bold_Italic.ttf: Ubuntu:style=Bold Italic,Negreta cursiva,fed kursiv,Fett Kursiv,Negrita Cursiva,Lihavoitu Kursivoi,Gras Italique,Grassetto Corsivo,Vet Cursief,Halvfet Kursiv,Pogrubiona kursywa,Negrito Itálico,Fet Kursiv,Lodi etzana
/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1/lmtti10.pfb: LMMono10:style=Italic
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/droid/DroidNaskh-Bold.ttf: Droid Sans:style=Bold
/root/.fonts/Neuropolitical.ttf: Neuropolitical,Neuropolitical Rg:style=Regular
/root/.fonts/AvantGarde_LT_Medium.ttf: AvantGarde LT Medium:style=Regular
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-dejavu/DejaVuSans-Oblique.ttf: DejaVu Sans:style=Oblique
/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1/lmtko10.pfb: LMMonoLt10:style=BoldOblique
/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1/s050000l.pfb: Standard Symbols L:style=Regular
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/comic.ttf: Comic Sans MS:style=Regular,Normal,obyčejné,Standard,Κανονικά,Normaali,Normál,Normale,Standaard,Normalny,Обычный,Normálne,Navadno,Arrunta
/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1/lmbo10.pfb: LMRomanDemi10:style=Oblique
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-dejavu/DejaVuSans-BoldOblique.ttf: DejaVu Sans:style=Bold Oblique
/root/.fonts/Zekton.ttf: Zekton:style=Regular
/root/.fonts/Michroma.ttf: Michroma:style=Regular

--output truncated--

Configuring Fonts on Linux

Now if you want to reconfigure or configure hows fonts are displayed on your system, you use the following command:

root@kali:~# dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config

It will present you with a series of options where you select what you want.

The first option is if you want Native, Autohinter or None tuning for your fonts.

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I’ve selected Native on the above screen and pressed Ok.

On the next screen, it will ask you whether you want to enable subpixel rendering for screen.

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Obviously we want that, it makes fonts look a lot better on flat (LCD) screen, at the sametime if you’re using a CRT screen, it might break a few things. So automatic is the way to go. (in my personal case, I should’ve chosed Always and I am using a LCD screen, the choice is yours to make). Press Ok to move to the next screen.

The last screen was asking me whether I want to enable bitmapped fonts by default. I selected Yes … (duh! I wasn’t actually sure, but heck, I can come back anytime and run the dpkg reconfigure command to fix any problems. So why not? )

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Choose your option and press Enter.

Do fonts on your screen looks better now?

Downloading and installing a font

During my search I came across this great website that contains free fonts.http://www.dafont.com/

So I decided I want to download a Gothic Font for fun.

root@kali:~# wget http://img.dafont.com/dl/?f=old_london -O old_london.zip

Please note that I used -O old_london.zip file as the output name. It’s because the website doesn’t provide a direct link to the file.

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Uncompress the file:

root@kali:~# ls
Desktop  Downloads  old_london.zip  Work
root@kali:~# unzip old_london.zip 
Archive:  old_london.zip
  inflating: OldLondon.ttf           
  inflating: OldLondonAlternate.ttf  
  inflating: Olondon_.otf            
  inflating: Olondona.otf            
root@kali:~#

Move the font files (*.ttf) to /usr/share/fonts folder.

root@kali:~# mv OldLondon.ttf OldLondonAlternate.ttf /usr/share/fonts/
root@kali:~#

Rebuild your font cache.

root@kali:~# fc-cache -f
root@kali:~#

Confirm that the files exists in font cache now.

root@kali:~# fc-list | grep OldLondon
/usr/share/fonts/OldLondon.ttf: Old London:style=Regular
/usr/share/fonts/OldLondonAlternate.ttf: Old London Alternate:style=Regular
root@kali:~#

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So now that we have fonts and all, lets type to see how it really looks like:

How custom fonts Looks in Leafpad

It reads

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Welcome to the 
Temple of the King
(A song title from Rainbow in case you're wondering)

Conclusion:

The best take from this post would be installing new fonts. I think this solves font config for any Linux distributions. Enjoy and try out some interesting fonts. Thanks for reading. Please share.

9 comments

  1. Cool! Thanks for the post!

    • Joey Jo JO shabadoo

      This is great’ it’s not legal and if you have public facing business this is a great way to get sued.

      You can’t move the MS fonts to a server without a license through their font company Monotype. Period.

  2. Very cool I love you site as I am a Kali head you always have the cool tricks tips. TY Brother.

  3. You should avoid unnecessary dependencies on propriertary stuff.

    Instead, simply install the fonts-liberation package:

    apt-get fonts-liberation

    That provides fonts with exactly the same metrics. That is, these fonts are perfectly working drop-in replacements for the Microsoft fonts.

  4. Exactly what I was looking for. I couldn’t for the life of me figure it out myself. Sometimes I want to use Times New Roman.

  5. kangolsy-2015@yahoo.de

    That’s really great, I installed Helvetica and others without problems on Debian 8. Really good job, thanks a lot!

  6. Exactly, what I was looking for. Did a great job thanks>>>>

  7. I installed a nepali font “preeti” using the last step..

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