How to Install fonts on Ubuntu (Google Fonts, Adobe Fonts and Microsoft Fonts)

One of the most frustrating challenges new users of Ubuntu may encounter is installing fonts on their newly found operating system. Fonts enable us to interact well with out PC and many users have different opinion when it comes to font usage on out PC. This tutorial shows you how to install fonts on Ubuntu. How to install Google fonts, Adobe fonts, Microsoft fonts and other fonts to your computer.

The default font for Ubuntu is the default Ubuntu Font that comes with the Ubuntu Operating system. The Ubuntu font is one of the most exciting fonts I have come across and it serves well for many of my projects. However, as a creative artist, I’m forced on many occasion to look for fonts elsewhere for my my web project because Ubuntu does not come with enough fonts to work with.

In this article, I’ll be guiding you on how to get thousands of fonts to your Ubuntu PC from three of the most popular fonts source. The Google Fonts, Adobe Fonts and Microsoft Fonts. And also other methods you can install fonts to your computer.

Prior to this moment, you might be thinking getting to install these fonts to your Ubuntu computer is near impossible, but the time you read this article, you’ll see that installing fonts on Ubuntu is as easy as installing every other Ubuntu packages.

How to Install Fonts on Ubuntu

How to Install Google Web Fonts on Ubuntu

The most popular font set out there now is the Google font which contains hundreds of fonts and it is best used by web designers, graphics designers and many others.

The google font provides you variety of fonts that can be used on any software or applications that requires the use of fonts on Ubuntu.

Installing Google font on Ubuntu is way easier than you could have thought, we’ll be using a very light but very powerful tool for installing and managing google web fonts on Ubuntu. And that tool is called TypeCatcher.

How to Install Type Catcher

There are two ways to install Typecatcher on Ubuntu, either from the Ubuntu Software Center or through the Ubuntu terminal;

To install Type Catcher through the Ubuntu software center, simply click Install TypeCatcher. And follow the installation process.

To install Typecatcher thorugh the Terminal, copy and paste the below code into your Ubuntu Terminal;

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:andrewsomething/typecatcher 

sudo apt-get update 

sudo apt-get install typecatcher

You have successfully installed Typecatcher on your computer.

How to Install Google fonts with Typecatcher

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1. To install Google fonts via Typecatcher, open your search console and search for Typecatcher

2. Open Type catcher and you will see hundreds of fonts will load at the left panel for you to chose from. You can simply clink on any to see the review on the right panel.

You can also search for fonts if your already have the font name.

3. Click on the font you wish to install, and click on the download button at the top left corner. A green notification will appear the top right corner indicating that you have installed a font.


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Now that you can chose between hundreds of Google web fonts, we hope you enjoy it.

How to Install Adobe Fonts on Ubuntu

Adobe font is one of the most used font set out there, though it does not have  have the same variety of fonts to chose from like the Google fonts, but it has some amazing premium fonts for FREE as well. Just like the Google fonts, we’ll be using an Ubuntu Package to install Adobe fonts to Ubuntu.

Adobe fonts can be installed via two ways, the direct package installer and the installation though Ubuntu Terminal,

i. Click gsfonts-x11 to install adobe fonts though the package installer. (Recommended)

ii. Or copy and paste the following code into your Ubuntu terminal

sudo apt-x11 install gsfonts

You have successfully installed Adobe fonts to Ubuntu.

How to Install Microsoft Fonts on Ubuntu

If you are a fan of Microsoft Windows OS and you would still like to bring in some of the Microsoft experience into the Ubuntu environment, among the things you might not find is the Microsoft fonts.

To use Microsoft fonts for Ubuntu software such as LibreOfice, Gimp, or even browse the internet with Microsoft font view, then this section is for you.

You may have noticed that some fonts gives problem when importing a file from Microsoft Office (eg. Webdings). To overcome this problem, you can use the Microsoft Office fonts with your office suite ( LibreOffice for example).

To install fonts in Microsoft Office character, install:

  • ttf-fonts mscorefonts
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 fonts

Installing ttf-mscorefonts

There are several methods to install ttf-mscorefonts fonts.

installation via packets (recommended)

Ubuntu 12.04 and later

Two installation options: on-line or offline.

 Via the repository

graphical method

Install the package ttf-mscorefonts-install .

Command Line Method

Open a terminal and enter the following command:

sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-install

This package consists of an installer that will download the Microsoft fonts directly on the Internet. You must of course have an Internet connection to install this package.

This package installs the following fonts:

  • 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

If you feel that the installation did not work (for example if you do not have access to new fonts in your text editor) or failure (error message: If you do not Agree to the “TrueType core fonts for the Web EULA” license terms you can not install this software. the setup of this package will be Canceled. ) Here’s a solution that can walk, follow the procedure to resolve this issue.

  1. Go to the folder / usr / share / fonts / truetype / msttcorefonts.
  2. If you do not see police (that is to say * .ttf files), you should see a README file. By editing it says you repeat the installation with the / following:
  3. Enter the following command in a terminal (you need to add sudo):
 sudo apt-get install ttf---reinstall mscorefonts-install

This should work.

How to Install Fonts Via Ubuntu Font Manager

Font Manager is a graphical tool for managing fonts on Ubuntu. Just like the Typecatcher, font manager enables you to preview fonts, install fonts and uninstall fonts on the Ubuntu computer. One of the special feature of the font manager is that it allows you to compare fonts.

ubuntu font manager

How to Install Font Manager

To install this software, you only have to install the package font-manager

most recent version

A specific deposit is a newer software version (0.7.3 in August 2016).

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: do-manager / staging
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install make-manager

Or in one line:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: do-manager / staging && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install make-manager

Using Font Manager

To add a font in the 0.7.3 release, click on “browse” and then “manage”. Then press “add fonts” and select one or more font files of characters previously downloaded.

Above are the 4 major ways to install fonts on Ubuntu, there are other several means to install fonts, but we’ll be limiting it to the above for now. Let us know if you have any challenge installing fonts on your Ubuntu PC. Drop your comments below.


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