I've received a pdf invoice document containing Polish characters and I cannot render it properly using evince. The problem is related to the font settings. pdffonts show me this:

$ pdffonts test.pdf 
name                                 type              encoding         emb sub uni object ID
------------------------------------ ----------------- ---------------- --- --- --- ---------
EDWAAA+HelveticaNeue-Roman           CID TrueType      Custom           yes yes yes      8  0
EDWAAB+Helvetica75Roman              CID TrueType      Custom           yes yes yes      7  0
ArialMT                              Type 1            WinAnsi          no  no  yes      9  0

Since I didn't have ArialMT font I've downloaded it from here and now I have it correctly cached:

$ fc-match ArialMT
ARI.ttf: "Arial MT" "Regular"

Then I've checked and confirmed installed font correctly displays Polish characters by choosing it in LibreOffice.

Despite this fonts are rendered like this:

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This looks like a problem with Poppler because I can render it correctly with mupdf and Firefox:

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okular and qpdfview fail just like evince.

I've downloaded the most recent version of Poppler from here and installed with:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
make install

But the problem remain the same. Not sure if evince is using it, though, since I don't see it its shared dependencies

$ ldd /usr/bin/evince | grep -i poppler

How can I use force evince to correctly display this font?

1 Answer 1


Try Install MS TrueType Fonts as shown below:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

Microsoft’s End user agreement wizard will appear. Click OK to continue.

After installing the fonts, you need to update the font cache using command:

$ sudo fc-cache -f -v

Alternatively, copy all Windows fonts to /usr/share/fonts directory and install the fonts using the following commands:

$ mkdir /usr/share/fonts/WindowsFonts
cp /Windowsdrive/Windows/Fonts/* /usr/share/fonts/WindowsFonts
$ chmod 755 /usr/share/fonts/WindowsFonts/*

Finally, regenerate the fontconfig cache using command:

$ fc-cache

Instruction is from: https://www.ostechnix.com/install-microsoft-windows-fonts-ubuntu-16-04/

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