Install Microsoft core fonts on Linux


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In Linux,for some distributions by default, does not include Microsoft core fonts in its installation (for exemple : Ubuntu), to have them on your ubuntu, you will need to install the msttcorefonts package.

The msttcorefonts package include the True type microsoft fonts the most used, and that everybody expect to fnd them when somebody want to write a document :



  • 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)for opensuse  zypper install 

  • Trebuchet (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

  • Verdana (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

  • Webdings


The installation is quit easy, just one command you will need to type :

For Ubuntu (Ubuntu8.04,8.10,9.04) use the command just copy the whole lines and past on your terminal)

 sudo mkdir -p
/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1 && sudo apt-get install
msttcorefonts && sudo apt-get install ttf-larabie-straight
ttf-larabie-deco mplayer-fonts xfonts-terminus-dos xfonts-terminus
xfonts-terminus-oblique xfonts-mona tv-fonts ttf-tuffy ttf-sjfonts
ttf-sil-padauk ttf-sil-ezra ttf-paktype ttf-georgewilliams
ttf-fifthhorseman-dkg-handwriting ttf-farsiweb ttf-essays1743
ttf-opensymbol ttf-nafees ttf-mgopen ttf-gentium ttf-freefont
ttf-dustin ttf-devanagari-fonts ttf-dejavu-extra ttf-dejavu-core
ttf-dejavu ttf-bpg-georgian-fonts ttf-bitstream-vera ttf-alee

For Fedora, under root use the command :

yum install msttcorefonts

For Mandriva, under root use the command :

urpmi msttcorefonts

For opensuse, under root use the command

zypper install msttcorefonts

After the installation you will have to logout and login again so that changes will take effects.

If you have another true font and you want to install it, just try to copy the font files to the ~/.fonts/ directory.