How to install new fonts in Linux based operating system

Installing fonts in Linux

The default font manager in Linux operating system is called Fontconfig. Fontconfig is used by various Linux applications to work with installed fonts. Fontconfig stores installed fonts in the /usr/share/fonts folder. Fonts folder contains three subfolders truetype, type1 and X11. You can copy the new font file directly to this folders. If you have truetype font, copy it to the truetype folder. The Adobe Postscript type-1 font and Adobe font metrics file have to be copied into the type1 folder.

Popular Linux desktops Gnome and KDE have installed Font Managers, that can install supported font formats in to the system. You can double click on a supported font file and  Gnome or KDE will launch the Font Manager with font preview. After that you can choose Install Font option to install new font to operating system.

Gnome Font Manager
Ubuntu Font Manager screenshot

Supported fonts in Linux

Linux operating system mainly supports TrueType fonts, OpenType fonts and Adobe Postscript type-1 fonts.

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Related file extensions

compositefont - Composite font file

otf - OpenType font file format

pfb - Type 1 PostScript font

pfm - Printer outline metric font

ttf - TrueType font

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