when installing ubuntu-server on a new laptop the default font of the installer and the BusyBox console is extremely small. is there a way to make it bigger while the system is running from a boot .iso?

there is a setfont command but i have not found out how to use it (yet?).

update: i got a little further but the font remains unchanged. what i did:

# udpkg -i /cdrom/pool/main/c/console-setup/console-setup-linux-fonts-udeb_*_all.deb
# # maybe 'udpkg -c ...'?
# cd /usr/share/consolefonts
# gunzip Lat38-VGA16.psf.gz  # or some other font
# setfont Lat38-VGA16.psf

2 Answers 2


busybox loadfont worked in desktop Xubuntu and to my understanding should do in Ubuntu servers too. I tested with another font but the result should be the same with Lat38-VGA16.

gunzip /usr/share/consolefonts/Lat15-TerminusBold14.psf.gz -c >/tmp/t
busybox loadfont </tmp/t

When booting, you are presented with the grub menu. Here you can press esc,and 'e' to edit. Find the line beginning with linux and add vga=784 press F10 to boot. This dos not EXACTLY what you asked for, but I believe the effect is?

For more info on VGA=..., take a look at: http://pierre.baudu.in/other/grub.vga.modes.html.

  • 1
    Please expand your answer further, rather than just giving a link.
    – M. Becerra
    May 24, 2018 at 13:42
  • Thanks for helping me, provide a more concise answer, being a total newbie on ask-ubuntu :) May 24, 2018 at 15:14
  • The answer is much better now after the edit :)
    – M. Becerra
    May 24, 2018 at 15:20

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