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I've been finding fonts on the internet and installing them on my system.

What's the easiest way to change my fonts? I would prefer an easy to use graphical way, but answers with command line recommendations are also welcome.

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13.04 and later

For Unity interface users, customisation of fonts can be done using unity-tweak-tool Install unity-tweak-tool

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For 12.04:

For Unity interface users, they have their own tweak-tool. Customisation of Fonts in 12.04 can be done through myunity Install myunity

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For gnome-shell/combined gnome-shell & unity users, this font customisation can be done through gnome-tweak-tool as described below.

For 11.10 and above (and GNOME users):

The move to gnome3 has streamlined many of the customisation features that were available in gnome2.


(Click here to install it)

For example - the picture below shows theme options as well as fonts customisation.

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Unfortunately there is a special workaround for Firefox fonts if you wish to disable antialiasing. For that, you will need to run this command in a terminal:

gksudo gedit /etc/fonts/conf.d/10-antialias.conf

Then replace "true" with "false", save the file, and restart Firefox.

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So, I have to download a special package to change the font? Surely, you can't be serious? – Steve Pitchers Aug 6 '14 at 17:41
@StevePitchers : I am. And don't call me Shirley! – kervin Jan 24 '15 at 21:35
At version 15.10, we still need to use 2 (two) 3rd party tools for such "System Settings": "Unity Tweak Tool" gets updated better, but it still lacks a number of features that "Ubuntu Tweak" includes such as "Desktop Font". – Sadi Nov 14 '15 at 11:06

In Oneiric (11.10), I wasn't interested in installing GNOME Shell just to change font sizes. This will do it via command-line:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface document-font-name 'Sans 10'
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface font-name 'Ubuntu 10'
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface monospace-font-name 'Ubuntu Mono 11'
gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop font 'Ubuntu 10'
gconftool --set /apps/metacity/general/titlebar_font 'Ubuntu Bold 10' --type STRING

The fontfaces are the same as in default Oneiric, but sized down to what looked like much more manageable sizes.

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For 11.04 and earlier:

Right click on the desktop and select "Change Desktop Background" and then click the Fonts tab. Couldn't be easier!

(NB: After playing with these setting you may wish to reset your font configuration.)


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gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop font 'Ubuntu 10'

Where Ubuntu 10 is the font and size you want to use. It defaults at Ubuntu 11.

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  • Install Advanced Settings (aka gnome-tweak-tool) from the Software Center

  • Click the dash button or press the Super key,search for Advanced Settings and launch it.

  • Click on Fonts and adjust the Font settings .

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Is this the same as @fossfreedom's answer above? – zpletan Oct 16 '11 at 2:08
@zpletan Yes original I answered this on another question but then these questions were merged. – Alaukik Oct 16 '11 at 5:12

For Ubuntu 11.10 and newer

You can also install DConf Editor ("dconf-tools" package [only a few KB]) from Ubuntu Software Center.

To change fonts and/or their size

  1. Launch the DConf Editor;
  2. Open "org" -> "gnome" -> "desktop" -> "interface" in the left pane;
  3. In the right pane, you'll find "document-font-name", "font-name" and "monospace-font-name". You can simply replace the font name and/or its size by the one you wish for each parameter;
  4. Open "org" -> "gnome" -> "nautilus" -> "desktop" in the left pane;
  5. In the right pane, you'll find "font". You can simply type the name of the font you wish followed by its size (Example : "Ubuntu 11") as value.

To change fonts hinting and/or antialiasing

  1. Launch the DConf Editor;
  2. Open "org" -> "gnome" -> "settings-daemon" -> "plugins" -> "xsettings" in the left pane;
  3. In the right pane, you'll find "hinting" and "antialiasing". You can simply select the value you wish for the parameters.

DConf Editor gives useful information for the selected parameter thanks to the fields "Summary" and "Description".

The old gnome-appearance-properties is not available under Ubuntu 11.10 and newer.

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+1 But this doesn't help with changing fonts and their size. – HRJ Apr 29 '13 at 7:50
Yes, you're right! I originally answered another question which was only about "hinting" and "antialiasing" but it has been merged with this more complete one. I'm going to add missing information to my answer... – Golboth Apr 29 '13 at 12:08

Aleksandar is correct. You can change the system font settings by installing gnome-tweak-tool (sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool). However, it should be also noted that at this time, doing so also forces you to install all of GNOME-Shell, mutter, clutter, and about 20 other packages.

It's far from the end of the world, but it seems excessive just to change system fonts. (Confession: I did it anyway :).

I doubt it actually needs these things since the tool itself runs fine under Unity, however that's the way the package dependencies are currently set up.

Also note: The fact that you can't change the system fonts from "Appearance" any longer is not a design decision made by Ubuntu developers. These settings were removed from GNOME 3 by upstream GNOME. That this change appears in 11.10 is a result of the migration from GNOME 2.x to GNOME 3 libraries and tools.

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If you install Ubuntu-Tweak, you can change the font settings from their own tab. It is not yet at a stable version however, so the general "use at your own risk" warning applies.

The benefit is: you don't need to install GNOME-Shell.

Ubuntu Tweak Font settings

To install it, first add this PPA:


and then install ubuntu-tweak in the software center.

There is also another option, which is less "official", but works well. It is a font settings dialogue for the GNOME Control Center.

You can get it here:

Example: Example screenshot

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The gnome-tweak-tool now supports changing all Gnome desktop fonts.

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I do not see that option. – Rasmus Mar 5 '12 at 17:46

Use Gnome Tweak tool

Install it using the below commands in the terminal.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Once installed goto Tweaks>>fonts


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Also can use "MyUnity" – Web-E May 7 '12 at 14:58

You can use gnome-tweak-tool.Search it in synaptic.

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I couldn't find it either.

I came to the conclusion that installing an app called MyUnity was the most reasonable solution for now. In the Ubuntu Software Centre search for: MyUnity, or:

sudo apt-get install myunity

Once installed and launched, try tweaking the settings under "font."

Hope this helps.

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