Install Microsoft Core,Windows Truetype,Ubuntu Title,Macintosh Fonts in Ubuntu

Ubuntu uses Defoma,the Debian Font Manager,to centralize and simplify font management across all applications.Defoma, which stands for DEbian FOnt MAnager, provides a framework for automatic font configuration. An application whose configuration of fonts usually requires manual intervention can automate the process through Defoma, by installing a Defoma-configuration script. The script gets called whenever a font is installed and removed, so that the script may update the application configuration.Debian Font Manager — automatic font configuration framework.

Font packages should register their fonts to Defoma in order to have them configured automatically for applications.

Change your Default Font Settings to look smooth

If you want to change your font settings you need to go to System—>Preferences —>Font you can see this in the following screen

Once it open you should see the following screen

You can change the default system fonts to suit your preferences,If you are using LCD screen you need to concentrate on subpixel smooting option under Font rendering you can see this in the following option

Now if you want to see advanced options you need to click on details button once it opens you should see the following screen here you can change the available settings

Install Microsoft Core Fonts

Microsoft Windows comes bundled with a number of core TrueType fonts. Licence restrictions prevent the Microsoft fonts from being distributed directly as part of Ubuntu, but Microsoft does make them available for free download directly from its web site.

Before Installing these fonts you need to make sure you have universe and multiverse repositories in your source list

sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

This will give you the core fonts, but if there are other TrueType fonts that you want installed, it is as easy as copying

the font files to the ~/.fonts/ directory.

Install Windows Truetype fonts

You can download and install thousands of free windows .ttf true type fonts from the web and install and use them in Ubuntu Linux.Once you downloaded the .ttf fonts you need to open file browser using Ctrl-L then type fonts:/// and click Open you can see this in the following screen

Now you should see the following screen Drag your new TrueType font from your desktop or file manager into the font-list window, and it will be automatically installed and made available to applications through Defoma the next time they start up.

Install Ubuntu Title Font

The package ttf-ubuntu-title consists of the font used by Ubuntu’s logo it was made available by Canonical under the LGPL to make rebranding of Ubuntu easier.

sudo apt-get install ttf-ubuntu-title

This will complete the installation and you can enjoy this font from openoffice and GIMP etc

Make your ubuntu fonts smooth

I am taking this tip from here download this file from here and drop in to your home directory renamed to “.fonts.conf” and log out and in again

sudo mv fonts.txt .fonts.conf

Install Macintosh Fonts

If you want to install Macintosh Fonts it is bit difficult because Mac OS embeds extra font information using a special format that Linux can’t read directly you need to convert Macintosh Fonts and then you can copy in to fonts folder

We are going to use fondu utility for our conversion

convert between Mac and UNIX font formats.Fondu is a set of programs to convert between Mac font formats and PFB, TTF, OTF and BDF files on UNIX.

Install fondu ubuntu

sudo apt-get install fondu

This will complete the installation

Now you need to copy your Mac OS font directory to your ubuntu machine and run

fondu *

inside it to generate converted TTF files.

Now you can copy TTF files using fonts:/// procedure menctioned in the above

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3 thoughts on “Install Microsoft Core,Windows Truetype,Ubuntu Title,Macintosh Fonts in Ubuntu

  1. Hello,

    I have a Q want to ask you.
    I want to convert all fonts on SUSE Linux 10.1 to use on Microsoft Windows XP SP2.
    What can I do? or the program for convert it, if have you’ll tell me about the name software.


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