I am using Google Chrome. I am facing problem in using Hindi News. which shows bullets instead of proper hindi text. but this same thing is not happening with Firefox it shows Hindi font .

when i use https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Fonts this in Firefox

Fonts In firefox

Font in Firefox

Fonts in Chrome

Font in Chrome

I used this site for solving this problem its tell me to modify .fonts.conf file I'm currently working on font settings in XML (.fonts.conf). I noticed that after installing msttcorefonts things don't look quite as good in Firefox anymore. Most web pages request Arial which doesn't get hinted and anti-aliased too nicely, especially on LCD screens. I personally prefer the "sharp" non-anti-aliased look. i hate the new look which comes from this conf.

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 32bit . the Font i am using in this version of Ubuntu are the latest . or i have to update my fonts . is there any new font look in Ubuntu


The Hindi font rendering problem in Chrome is already well-documented. There has been a bug report filed against this problem.

A workaround has been suggested in the bug report, but I consider it too drastic as it involves deleting a couple of fonts. Instead, we can achieve the same effect by renaming those fonts.

Enter these commands in a terminal:

sudo mv /usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont/FreeSerif.ttf /usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont/FreeSerif.ttf.backup
sudo mv /usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont/FreeSans.ttf /usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont/FreeSans.ttf.backup

The Google Chrome page after the above modification:

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    Rather than delete the fonts, I first just prefixed them with "xxx" to get xxxFreeSerif.ttf and xxxFreeSans.ttf. That didn't work. Still got the empty boxes. So I copied them to my desktop (in case I ever need them) and then deleted them from the folder. That worked perfectly. – user25656 Jan 29 '12 at 7:11
  • Thanks. Instead of deleting the fonts, I have recommended renaming it. – jokerdino Jan 29 '12 at 9:11

My machine Hindi fonts were sometimes overlapping each other in Chrome browser and this was mostly happening in Facebook site. I changed my font to ARIAL UNICODE MS in Chrome's setting and the issue was resolved.

Hope it helps somebody with similar issue.


I was able to solve this problem by adding the Hindi Font Pack extension to Chrome:

Hindi Font Pack, Offered by: knjhaveri

Simply click "Add to Chrome" to install extension.

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    I am not sure the original problem from 2012 still exits in 2019. I can access BBC Hindi from both Firefox and Chrome just fine without any font packs. – user68186 May 3 '19 at 16:04

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