The Font Manager application fails to initialize in Ubuntu 16.04.

When I run Font Manager it starts to initialize saying "Querying installed files..." but quickly hangs. An Exit needs to use the Force Quit and then I get the "Not responding" message. So there is something wrong with this version of Font Manager or its integrating with Ubuntu 16.04.

I run 64-bit version of Ubuntu.

How could that be fixed?

  • Try to run font-manager from a terminal. Please paste any relevant lines into your question.
    – Jos
    Apr 26 '16 at 11:58
  • No, the command is font-manager.
    – Jos
    Apr 26 '16 at 13:07
  • I just tried the comand <font-manager> and the problem remains, it must be related to the upgrade to 16.04 Apr 26 '16 at 13:16
  • But what do you see in the terminal?
    – Jos
    Apr 26 '16 at 13:17
  • INFO : Verified /home/fellipe/.fonts.conf INFO : Font Manager is now starting Apr 26 '16 at 13:19

this worked for me (ubuntu 16.04 upgrading from 15.10)

installed font manager from: http://fontmanager.github.io/

then, in the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:font-manager/staging
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install font-manager

and downloaded font from fonts.google.com and extracted, then opened each font with right click -> font manager

confirmed 'install'

  • +1 works like a charm now and looks much better than the old one
    – philipp
    Jun 30 '16 at 15:13
  • What to do with the old one?
    – luukvhoudt
    Aug 25 '16 at 20:37
  • 1
    @Fleuv: If you install the PPA version, the old version will be uninstalled automatically. Aug 26 '16 at 1:07
  • i did this but also had to start the font-manager with sudo from the terminal to get new fonts installed.
    – Riscie
    Aug 31 '18 at 6:41

The Ubuntu and Debian archives include an ancient version of font-manager (0.5.7-4). One of the news in Ubuntu 16.04 was a new package for providing Chinese fonts, fonts-noto-cjk, and font-manager 0.5.7-4 can't handle fonts-noto-cjk (see this Debian bug report).

So if you don't need Chinese fonts, an alternative workaround is to uninstall the fonts-noto-cjk package. (Upgrading via ppa:font-manager/staging, as suggested by gzb, will work without uninstalling anything.)

There is a related Ubuntu bug.


I had the same experience as you. I found the solution: use PPA to install a newer version of Font Manager


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