Installing TrueType fonts in Ubuntu

Posted on Sunday March 03, 2013 / by Eric Potvin

Ubuntu comes with a great font, but would it be nice to change this? Of course it is possible.

The first step is to find the fond you like. I personally like YourSmile.ttf. Thanks to Wino S Kadir.

Now, there's two (2) way to install your font:

For all users

This will install the font for all users in your system. First copy the font to the /usr/share/fonts:

sudo cp YourSmile.ttf /usr/share/fonts

For a single user

This will install the font for a specific user in your system. First copy the font to the folder of the user, example: ~/.fonts:

sudo cp YourSmile.ttf /usr/share/fonts

Once the font is installed, we need to build font information cache files:

fc-cache -fv

The -f flags means to force re-generation of apparently up-to-date cache files, overriding the timestamp checking.

The -v flags means to display status information while busy.