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How do I install fonts?

When testing 11.10, I wanted to install some fonts. However, it seems that I cannot simply double click a font file to install it. I've tried searching google, but I haven't found anything that says the gnome3 can't do this. Is this going to be addressed? Is there a way I can install new fonts easily? (I know of the manual copying of the fonts to /usr/share/fonts/, but I'm just curious if there is something easier I've been missing.)


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marked as duplicate by Marco Ceppi Nov 15 '11 at 16:56

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Double click on the font, and on the right hand side of the font viewer click on "Install Font".

Install font

Alternatively, the manual way is to crate a folder called .fonts in your home directory and save fonts in there.

Also there is this wiki page:

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That method worked for me in Natty, but in Oneiric, when I double click a font, it says that there is no application suitable to open this file. My question was asking if such a method exists in gnome-3, or is planned to exist. – appi2012 Aug 10 '11 at 1:03
It does exist in GNOME3. In a thread on for example Stephen Judge asks how to install a font in GNOME 3. The follow up suggests opening and clicking install. It is possible then that you have found a bug in oneiric rather than GNOME3. – Richard Holloway Aug 10 '11 at 14:11
Ok, thanks. I guess I'll file a bug then. – appi2012 Aug 10 '11 at 15:26
I use oneiric and it works. After double clicking on a font, it appears a window preview and the button "Install font". – neuromancer Nov 15 '11 at 7:57
Try to right click your downloaded font, select the voice "property" and next select the tab "Open with". In my case I have one program available and selected, that is gnome-font-viewer, as reported also by @Luis. Install it trough Ubuntu Software Center. – neuromancer Nov 15 '11 at 8:05

You can also create a .fonts folder in your home directory. Then drag the fonts in to the folder. This allows for a mass install of fonts.

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I recently ran in to this problem, all you have to do is install gnome-font-viewer I think it is not installed by default.

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To install fonts on Ubuntu 11.10, try this:

  1. Download the font.
  2. Execute: sudo mkdir /usr/share/fonts/truetype/custom
  3. Execute: sudo mv <caminho.onde.esta.o.arquivo>/Monaco_Linux.ttf /usr/share/fonts/truetype/custom
  4. Execute: sudo fc-cache -f -v
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