Install Fonts on Debian and Ubuntu

Installing fonts on Debian, Ubuntu or other Debian based systems is an easy task.

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This is what you have to do when you download the font from a specialized site (e.g. and want to use it on your Linux and Unix System.

The fonts can be copied in one of this directories:

  • /usr/share/fonts
  • /usr/share/X11/fonts
  • /usr/local/share/fonts
  • ~/.fonts

I recommend you to put the fonts in /usr/share/fonts if you need everybody  to use them, and in the user’s $HOME/.fonts if they are for a certain user.

$ cp /path/to/font.ttf ~/.fonts

After you copy the fonts in one of the font directories, do this:

$ fc-cache -fv

The fc-cache command reads and caches all the fonts installed in the font directories.

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