How to add Windows TrueType fonts easily in Linux desktop system

by on November 15, 2006 · 3 comments· LAST UPDATED December 27, 2007

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How do you use Windows True Type fonts in Linux or how do you install Windows TrueType fonts in Linux? - A typical newbie question.

Fonts are very important. When you migrate from Windows XP to Linux you may miss Truetype font. TrueType is a font standard developed by Apple Computer. By 1991 Microsoft had built TrueType into the Windows 3.1 operating system. The FreeType project provides TrueType under Linux. So let us see how to backup your Windows TrueType fonts and install them in Linux.

It is quite easy to add Windows True Type fonts in Linux. First make sure you copy Windows fonts on USB pen (usually located in C:\Windows\Fonts directory) or just mount windows NTFS/FAT partition. You can copy selected or all fonts from C:\Windows\Fonts directory.

Linux Gnome desktop

=> Open your default file manger or double click Computer icon on Gnome desktop
=> Type url:
fonts://
Alternatively, select Open Location? from file menu and type
fonts://
=> Once window open, just drag and drop fonts into this new windows from USB pen or mounted partition. Don't forget to restart application or just logout and login again.

Novell Suse Linux

  • Novell Suse Linux has Font installer.
  • Open Font installer from System administration option located on gecko menu > Personal settings
  • Provide root password when prompted
  • Click on Add fonts button
  • Now install fonts from USB pen or mounted Windows Partition
  • Save changes
  • Don't forget to restart your desktop (just logout and login again)
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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nurasto December 29, 2007 at 4:37 pm

Thanks a lot, these steps is one that I need. Simple and to the point.

2 Pouriya May 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Thank you, great solution.

3 WTF January 21, 2012 at 12:47 am

What the hell? fonts:// is not a valid protocol

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