Adding Microsoft fonts to Linux

Standard Microsoft fonts (ttf) can be added to Linux, and every web page, that you are accustomed to will look the same. The standard Microsoft fonts include

  • Arial
  • Verdana
  • Tahoma
  • Trebuchet MS
  • Georgia

You can include Times New Roman, But this font is hardly used in web pages, and the similar serif font is almost similar to Times New Roman.

Now all you need to do is this

Make a microsoft Directory in /usr/share/fonts directory

rutu@localhost # mkdir -p /usr/share/fonts/microsoft

Copy all the standard font files (.ttf) from c:\windows\fonts to /usr/share/fonts/microsoft
Assume that the windows c drive is mount on /windows/c, so…

# cp /windows/c/WINDOWS/Fonts/arial* /usr/share/fonts/microsoft
# cp /windows/c/WINDOWS/Fonts/verdana* /usr/share/fonts/microsoft
# cp /windows/c/WINDOWS/Fonts/tahoma* /usr/share/fonts/microsoft
# cp /windows/c/WINDOWS/Fonts/trebuc* /usr/share/fonts/microsoft
# cp /windows/c/WINDOWS/Fonts/georgia* /usr/share/fonts/microsoft

Once this is done, all you need to do is restart the X Fonts Server (xfs)

# service xfs restart


2 Responses to “Adding Microsoft fonts to Linux”

  1. Vinod P Says:

    this is a copyright breach to copy the MS Fonts.

  2. ruturajv Says:

    If you have a legal copy of MS Windows installed and if you copy the fonts to your own PC, I don’t think its a breach ! As you have purchased the fonts, and you can use it in your application.

    If you don’t have MS installed and then want its fonts. Please use the link below

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