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Question says it all. I need them to be available in gimp.

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Many fonts are packaged for Ubuntu and available via the "Fonts" category of the Ubuntu Software Center. If you prefer apt-get, search for packages starting with otf- or ttf-.

Font files that are placed in the hidden .fonts directory of your home folder will automatically be available.

You can also double-click on the font file (or select Open with Font Viewer in the right-click menu). Then click the Install Font button.

If you need the fonts to be available system-wide, you'll need to copy them to /usr/share/fonts and reboot (or manually rebuild the font cache with fc-cache -f -v).

You may need to restart some programs, like OpenOffice Writer, before they actually show the new fonts (usually such programs are caching the font list when they start up).

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Apparently I take over 30 minutes to compose a post. Between frabjous and dv3500ea over half my post is redundant. – jbowtie Sep 5 '10 at 22:51
Don't let that discourage you, just concentrate on making a better answer. People appreciate quick answers but also appreciate detailed answers. If your post had a few screenshots it'd be nearly ideal! – Jorge Castro Sep 6 '10 at 2:35
IMO, the only thing that would make this the perfect answer is adding the command to rebuild the font's cache. – Goodwine Aug 28 '13 at 5:09
Instead of ~/.fonts, it's also possible to place fonts in ~/.local/share/fonts. – Remco Haszing Mar 27 at 10:28

Copy the fonts to /usr/share/fonts or a subfolder (like /usr/share/fonts/TTF) and then run sudo fc-cache -fv. There are some graphical programs you can install to make this easier, but I've never felt the need to try any of them. The Ubuntu wiki page on Fonts here may be of help too.

GIMP will find them in there then.

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you have to paste them as root (in /usr/share/fonts or any subfolder of that path), so in order to do so I use gksu nautilus and access the path as root. – user123492 Nov 15 '13 at 16:16

Installation of fonts from 3rd party websites is almost too easy. Download and save the file somewhere to your computer:

Font File

Then double click the font to load the font interface:

Font Selection

Select the Install Font button located at the bottom right of the screen.

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Wow it's so easy! – 8128 Jan 2 '11 at 21:45
...and so slow... – Wilf Feb 7 '14 at 0:01
@Wilf: why slow, just because Marco presented a nice GUI solution that does not need any terminal commands or knowledge about ~/.fonts implementation? – MestreLion Feb 3 '15 at 14:52
Is works and is easy to use, but it can be slow with large font folders, and if you have to install multiple fonts opening 50 windows is annoying when you can just copy the fonts to the fonts directory and update the font cache - but this does works fine when installing a few new fonts. Sort of relevant on speed and terminal v gui. – Wilf Feb 4 '15 at 17:31
It is gnome-font-viewer. right? – Pandya Apr 16 '15 at 11:43

There is also an application called fontmatrix that can help install and manage fonts on Ubuntu. To quote the introduction on the website:

Fontmatrix is a real Linux font manager, available on any platform and as well for KDE (which already had Kfontinstaller) as for Gnome. It's purpose is to recursively query the fonts (ttf, ps & otf) in the directories you give it to search, sort them quickly, (avoiding bugged or broken ones) and show them. Then, you can tag them, sub-tag, re-sort according various tags, preview... Even create a pdf Font Book...

Fontmatrix screenshot

Fontmatrix has been available to install from the Ubuntu universe repository since jaunty, and version 0.6.0+svn20100107-2ubuntu2 is currently in maverick and natty. A brief explanation about using fontmatrix is available on their website.

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FontMatrix isn't exactly a "script"... ;-) – JanC Oct 16 '10 at 17:51
I guess it is a bit more complex than what most post people would consider a script. I have gone ahead and edited the answer to refer to it as an application instead. – nhandler Oct 16 '10 at 18:26

You don't have to install as root. Create a folder called .fonts in your home directory (if you don't already have one), drop the font file in there, run Gimp, job done.

(You may have to enable Edit->Preferences->Views->Show hidden and backup files in Nautilus to be able to see .fonts and other ‘hidden’ folders in your home, if you haven't already.)

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+1 for mentioning this simple method – loevborg Sep 6 '10 at 8:28
You do not need to run Gimp to activate fonts. Copying font files to ~/.fonts and running fc-cache -fv is enough. – Mikko Rantalainen Apr 6 at 12:50

Also, there are lots of fonts available as software packages. Font packages are named in the form ttf-* or otf-*. It is better to install fonts as packages instead of manually if possible. You can use tools such as Synaptic, apt-get or the Ubuntu Software Centre. The Software Centre has a dedicated fonts section.

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In addition to manually installing them inside ~.fonts (see bobince's answer) and FontMatrix (what nhandler shows you), there is also another font manager aptly named Font Manager (install Ubuntu package for 10.10, or download package for 10.04 and maybe older versions) that is quite lightweight (and has a Gtk GUI).

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Font Manager

Application for Install and Manage fonts.

Can install Multiple Fonts.

To install fonts Click on Manage Fonts Button and select Install Fonts Option.

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Font Manager can be installed from or and with Software Centre. If with commandline ;

sudo apt-get install font-manager
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If you install font(s) in folder .fonts in your home directory, you may need to run fc-cache -rv (not sudo) in order to cache fonts in your home directory as well.

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If you want to have fonts available exclusively to Gimp, see this answer.

In a nutshell, you copy the fonts files to Gimp's own font folder, or tell Gimp where you have the folder(s) with your fonts.

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