Linux: How to Install Font, List Fonts

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Where Are Font Installed?

Linux (Ubuntu) font locations are at:

List All Fonts

# list all fonts

How to Install Font

Just copy your TrueType font (.ttf) into one of the directory ~/.fonts/

Or, you can launch a font viewer, by clicking on the ttf font then click the install button there.

or in terminal type sudo gnome-font-viewer fontfile.ttf, then click the install button there.

If you get error (possibly because a earlier version is already installed), then just manually copy the font to the dir as instructed above.

How to view font?

Double click the ttf font to open.

Or, in terminal:

sudo gnome-font-viewer fontfile.ttf

linux gnome-font-viewer screenshot 2014-02-09
Linux gnome-font-viewer screenshot

Clear Font Cache

# clear font cache
sudo fc-cache -f -v

Restart each app to use the new font. Or, relog.

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