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2 Ways to Add New Fonts on Your Ubuntu Laptop

Ubuntu is not an operating system that offers you an abundantly miscellaneous fonts by default. So, if you need more fonts available on your Ubuntu laptop/desktop, you have to add them manually

Before adding new fonts on Ubuntu, you have to really understand which user that need the fonts. Not all of users in your system need miscellaneous fonts. An administrator, for instance. He/she is the one that didn’t need any miscellaneous fonts as his/her is going to spend most times with terminal

In Ubuntu, you can add some fonts for a specific user. If it’s needed, you can also add some fonts for entire users on your system. Below are two ways on how to add new fonts on Ubuntu, depending on your need

Adding fonts for a specific user

In this case I am going to add some fonts for a specific user called “cap”. Please note, in this case I logging in as cap, but you can logging in as whosoever

  • Open your terminal and go the directory where you store your new fonts. Use “cd” command to do this
  • Create a new directory in home directory of your user. You should name it “.fonts”. (Don’t forget to include the dot sign)
  • Copy your new fonts on the “.fonts” directory. Now please open your LibreOffice Writer and have fun with your new fonts
$mkdir .fonts
$cp fonts/* .fonts/

Adding fonts for entire users

As mentioned, you can also add new fonts for entire users on your system. Follow the step bellow to do it

  • Open your terminal and type “sudo su” to have an administrator privileges
  • Create a new directory on “/usr/share/fonts/” and name it anything you want. In this case I name my new directory “newfonts”
  • Copy your new fonts on your new directory. Now please open your LibreOffice Writer and have fun with your new fonts
$mkdir /usr/share/fonts/newfonts
$cp /home/cap/Downloads/Reem_Kufi/ReemKufi-Regular.ttf /usr/share/fonts/newfonts

Tips:

In order to get more free fonts you can visit the Google Fonts page

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