How to install fonts

So you need some new fonts ? Or you downloaded a bunch of nice fonts from 1001fonts, fontifile, acidfonts, urbanfonts, debianfonts, dafont ?

How do I install these fonts in my linux box ?? huh .. Here is where Fluxmod comes into action with a nice guide that tells you how to do it.

Installing fonts the first time

1. Make a font dir in your $HOME:

$ mkdir ~/.fonts

2. Copy the fonts you want to have installed into ~/.fonts/

3. Regenerate font cache (as user):

$ fc-cache -fv

That should give something like this:

fc-cache: "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1":
caching, 29 fonts,0 dirs
fc-cache: "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/sharefont": caching,21 fonts, 0 dirs
fc-cache: "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/truetype": caching, 30 fonts, 0 dirs
fc-cache: "/usr/share/fonts": caching, 0 fonts, 6 dirs
fc-cache: "/usr/share/fonts/ttf-bitstream-vera": caching, 10 fonts, 0 dirs
fc-cache: "/usr/share/fonts/ttf": caching, 0 fonts, 1 dirs
fc-cache: "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/ja": caching, 0 fonts, 2 dirs
fc-cache: "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/ja/aqua": caching, 1 fonts, 0 dirs
fc-cache: "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/ja/mikachan": caching, 4 fonts, 0 dirs
fc-cache: "/usr/share/fonts/default": caching, 0 fonts, 1 dirs
fc-cache: "/usr/share/fonts/default/Type1": caching, 35 fonts, 0 dirs
fc-cache: "/usr/share/fonts/freefont": caching, 78 fonts, 0 dirs
fc-cache: "/usr/share/fonts/corefonts": caching, 30 fonts, 0 dirs
fc-cache: "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi": caching, 349 fonts, 0 dirs
fc-cache: "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi": caching, 358 fonts, 0 dirs
fc-cache: "/home/ikaro/.fonts": caching, 205 fonts, 2 dirs
fc-cache: "/home/ikaro/.fonts/artwiz": caching, 16 fonts, 0 dirs
fc-cache: "/home/ikaro/.fonts/lfp-fix": caching, 68 fonts, 0 dirs
fc-cache: succeeded

Please note the 3 last lines, they show that it has cached some 300 fonts under ~/.fonts (where you installed them). If you don't see those lines, you did something wrong :|

Now restart X, or better, run

$ xset fp rehash

and you can use the new fonts in your applications.

Check the right name you want to use with fc-list:

$ fc-list | grep -i zekton

As you can see the font name is Zekton and you can use it, for example, in your style:

*.font: Zekton-8

Post Scriptum

The artwiz fonts are not scalable, that means that its size its FIXED . Scalable fonts cant be used in terminals, although xterm supports AA, you will end up with a terminal with _huge_ fonts, and that doesn't look so good. You can try it your self with : aterm -fn verdana and then try again with 'aterm -fn nu' See the difference ?

Originally published by ikaro on

See also

How to change your GTK theme, font, icon theme

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