How can I install the Times New Roman font? This video illustrates what I want to do, but I do not have the same options - I'm running Ubuntu 12.10.

I have also tried running the following from the terminal:

sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

This is the message I receive:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
ttf-mscorefonts-installer is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 4 not upgraded.

Any suggestions?


3 Answers 3


Your best bet may be the --reinstall option.

Force a reinstallation with:

sudo apt-get --reinstall install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

which will force the preinst and postinst scipts that actually install the fonts to be re-run.

  • This worked on my Ubuntu 12.04. I must remove and reinstall that package and reconfigure it. Now Times New Roman can be added into my Libreoffice. It works. Aug 2, 2014 at 3:41
  • After running sudo apt-get --reinstall install ttf-mscorefonts-installer the directory /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/ is empty. Where to look for the .ttf files?
    – Viesturs
    Nov 17, 2018 at 15:03

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

I didn't find msttcorefonts in the apt pool, so I installed only ttf-mscorefonts-installer. It works for me

sudo apt install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • Since msttcorefonts is not in any current release (including 14.04), I just removed it from the top answer.
    – muru
    May 14, 2018 at 2:10

Ubuntu 16.04

Single Font Install

If you already own a copy of the Times New Roman Font (and any other fonts you want to install) and have it on your local Download directory (unzipped) and ready to install, then I have a simple solution that does not require the apt-get.... command line or internet connection. It is a simple off-line graphical solution.

Warning! You do have to use your wrist, finger, and mouse! But not the Terminal :-)

Also! You have to do this manually for each font you want to install, so it could take a little time if you want a bunch of fonts junking up your system. But you did indicate you wanted one Specific Font.... Times New Roman. (This might work on other versions of Ubuntu as well)

Assuming the font is in your download directory.....

  1. Open the Ubuntu file manager and go to the unzipped Times.ttf file in your download directory and double-click the file.
  2. The Font Viewer window will open and display the various sizes of example font texts. eg...The quick brown fox ..... whatever.......
  3. Look at the top right corner of the Font Viewer screen and you will see a button that says Install.
  4. Click it and you are done!

When I did this, no reboot was required, with the exception of closing whatever app you were currently running like LibreOffice Writer. Just close and re-open Libre.

If you dont have a local copy on your machine, any WindowZ machine should have it available. Open the file manager and go to windows, then the Fonts sub-folder/directory. Its down there somewhere listd as:

  • times.ttf- normal
  • timesbd.ttf-bold
  • timesbi.ttf- bold italic
  • timesi.ttf - italic

If it's considered stealing from Bill G/MS "I dunno", but that is your call.

By the way, per the synaptic install information notes,

ttf-mscorefonts install more than just the Times New Roman fonts, and I believe you still have to download them.

  • 4
    What a long answer just to say "If you already have the TTF, you can just double click it to open in Font Viewer and click 'install' in the top right" Jan 9, 2020 at 17:40

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