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I know how to install TrueType fonts (by copying them to /usr/share/fonts/truetype and doing sudo fc-cache -f) but what about OTF formats?

I didn't find a suitable folder to copy them to.

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The directory you're looking for is /usr/share/fonts/opentype. If it's not there, you can just create it. This will install the font for all users.

You can also install fonts per user at ~/.fonts/. It makes no difference whether they're in any sub-folders or what type they are. Mine, as an example, are organised by foundry.

Alternatively, you can just double click them, this will open them with the Font Viewer, which let's you install them with one click:

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Note: I'm almost certain it doesn't make a difference as long as they are somewhere in /usr/share/fonts/ or ~/.fonts/, but it's a good idea to keep things organised. – Stefano Palazzo Dec 21 '10 at 8:49
If you want to use the font system wide then put your fonts in /usr/share/fonts/opentype – karthick87 Dec 21 '10 at 8:57
Isn't it necessary to update the font cache? sudo fc-cache -f -v – gertvdijk Aug 20 '13 at 14:27
@StefanoPalazzo I may be wrong but there is something missing in your answer: only creating the directory will not install anything ;-) – guntbert Aug 20 '13 at 15:15
In earlier releases I remember that install fonts was quite easy, but now in 14.04 is almost impossible. I try to add one by one fonts with the Font Viewer and it fails to install. I need to add a lot of Adobe Fonts. I was thinking to copy and paste them directly in the directory /usr/share/font/opentype/ but I'm not sure if it works. Should I install first the libotf as @Stefano said? – Aradnix Sep 8 '14 at 15:23

You have to create the folder '/usr/share/fonts/opentype', then add the 'otf' file with the font that you want to include, it works for me!

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Using the standard library on Linux, the OTF fonts don't loads. Must install addictive library based on your system configuration, libotf for example.

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Another approach is to convert the OTF font to TTF. There are free online converters where you upload the OTF font files and they are then converted to TTF. You then open with the font viewer and install as per usual. I've just done this and the font installed fine.

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