How to install the Microsoft Core Fonts on Debian, Ubuntu or Linux Mint

There are some situations when you need to use the Microsoft Times New Roman font, for example on your Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint or any other Debian based Linux distribution.

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To install the Microsoft Fonts in Linux, you have to install the Microsoft TrueType core fonts package.

$ apt-cache search "microsoft truetype core fonts"
ttf-mscorefonts-installer - Installer for Microsoft TrueType core fonts

And now, install the package with apt-get:

$ sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

After you press <OK> and <Yes> to accept the Terms and Conditions in the TUI (text user interface) window that appears your installation will finish and you  will be able to use both the Microsoft and the Ubuntu fonts in OpenOffice, LibreOffice or any other text editor.

The Microsoft most famous fonts are now available in your Linux:

  • Arial
  • Comic Sans
  • Times New Roman
  • Verdana
  • Webdings

For a better font rendering, do this:

$ sudo ln -s /etc/fonts/conf.avail/10-autohint.conf /etc/fonts/conf.d/

After the next login you should notice a big difference in the font rendering.

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