Putting in fonts in your Linux system

By | August 13, 2021

Linux techniques usually begin out with numerous fonts out there, particularly as soon as you have put in LibreOffice. Even so, you may end up craving some extremely distinctive or uncommon fonts so as to add a particular tone to a few of your tasks. In that case, you are in luck. You are more likely to discover many hundreds of free fonts out there on-line – daring, italic, calligraphy, fashionable, script, hand lettering, cursive, brush lettering, symbolic and extra.

Here is a small sampling of well-liked websites that present free fonts for straightforward downloading:

You may also sort “free fonts” into your favourite search engine. Count on to see an enormous variety of responses. Remember the fact that not all fonts are free, however loads of free fonts can be found, they usually’re straightforward to view, obtain and set up.



One helpful instrument for viewing the fonts which are put in on Ubuntu and associated techniques is font-manager. It experiences the variety of fonts general, the quantity out there on the system for everybody to make use of, and the quantity related to the present consumer account within the higher left nook. Here is an instance of what you may see:

The itemizing above would point out that 162 fonts are put in on the system, and that 2 have been put in by the present consumer and will not be out there to others.

Font-manager will show any font you choose from the record in each a “waterfall” (more and more bigger font measurement) style and a character-by-character format relying on the tab you choose. It may also be used to put in fonts for you upon getting downloaded the .zip file for the font.

To put in font-manager, run instructions like these:

After getting downloaded a font that you simply need to use from the fonts website, it is best to find yourself with a .zip file.

You may extract the font information from the downloaded .zip file your self or get font-manager to put in the font from the .zip file for you. To view downloaded font information, run instructions like these:

In unzipping the file, it is best to see one thing like this:

Be aware that the Fringe of Insanity font features a regular and italic model of the font. This contains the .otf (opentype font) and .ttf (truetype font) information. Some font information may also embody a license or an data file.

To put in from the .zip file utilizing font-manager, simply click on on + (Add Fonts) signal at prime of font-manager, choose your Downloads folder, choose the .zip file after which click on on “Open” (higher proper). No file extraction shall be required earlier than you do that.

As soon as a font has been added to your system, the variety of fonts proven on the prime left facet of font-manager ought to improve by 1.

Be aware that each of those strategies – putting in fonts on the command line or utilizing font-manager – make the brand new fonts instantly out there to YOU. To make the brand new font out there for anybody with an account on the system, you want to copy the .ttf information to /usr/share/fonts/truetype and the .otf information to /usr/share/fonts/opentype.

So as to add fonts on Fedora, obtain the font .zip file and extract its contents. Then create a folder within the /usr/share/fonts folder with the font’s “household identify” and add the information there. For the Fringe of Insanity font, for instance, I created a folder named “edge-of-madness” after which dropped the information into it.

Including fonts on Linux is surprisingly straightforward, and the variety of fonts out there with very distinctive personalities is sort of spectacular. For individuals like me who take pleasure in enjoying with graphics utilizing gimp and making political buttons, new fonts can add a number of worth.