How to Install Microsoft Fonts on Ubuntu 24.04, 22.04, or 20.04

Enhancing your Ubuntu desktop with Microsoft Fonts, specifically through the “ttf-mscorefonts-installer,” opens up a world of typography options that are familiar and widely used in various documents and applications. Integrating these fonts is not just about aesthetics but also compatibility and ease of document exchange.

Here’s why incorporating Microsoft Fonts into your Ubuntu system may be useful:

  • Improved Document Compatibility: Ensure your documents look consistent across different platforms, especially when sharing with Windows users.
  • Access to Popular Fonts: Gain access to widely recognized fonts like Arial, Times New Roman, and Comic Sans MS.
  • Easy Integration: The simple installation process through the command line makes it accessible even for those new to Linux.
  • Enhanced User Experience: Enjoy a more visually pleasing interface with familiar font choices.
  • Free and Legal Usage: Legally use popular fonts without needing Windows licensing.

As we proceed, you’ll learn the straightforward steps to install these fonts and verify their installation.

Prerequisites for Installing Microsoft Fonts

To successfully install Microsoft fonts on Ubuntu, ensure you meet the following requirements:

Minimum Hardware and Supported Ubuntu Versions

ComponentRequirement
Processor2 gigahertz (GHz) or faster dual-core processor (based on Ubuntu’s minimum requirements)
RAM4 GB or more (based on Ubuntu’s minimum requirements)
Disk Space100 MB of free space
Supported VersionsUbuntu 24.04 (Noble), Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy), Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal)

Network and Terminal Requirements

RequirementDescription
Internet ConnectionRequired to download Microsoft fonts and updates.
Terminal ConventionsAll terminal commands should be run as a regular user with sudo privileges.
CLI CommandsUse the Command Line Interface (CLI) for installation and setup.

Update Ubuntu Before Microsoft Fonts Installation

Before installing the Microsoft Fonts package, update your system fully by running the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Install Microsoft Fonts via APT Command

The “ttf-mscorefonts-installer” package, which includes a collection of popular Microsoft Fonts, is readily available in Ubuntu’s default repository. Use the following command to begin the installation:

sudo apt install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

You will encounter a few prompts when installing the “ttf-mscorefonts-installer” package. The first prompt lets you read and accept Microsoft Fonts’ End User License Agreement (EULA). Review and understand this agreement before proceeding with the installation, ensuring you agree with its terms.

Press the TAB key, select <Ok>, and press the ENTER KEY to proceed.

After reading the EULA agreement, a prompt will ask you to accept the license terms by clicking a Yes or No button. You must accept the EULA agreement to install the Microsoft Fonts package and use the fonts. If you do not accept, the installation will not continue.

Press the TAB key, select <Ok>, and press the ENTER KEY to proceed.

After completing the installation, the following output will appear in your terminal.

This message verifies the fonts’ readiness in any program supporting TrueType fonts.

Verify Microsoft Fonts Installation

You may also wish to confirm this by examining the installed fonts via the Fonts application GUI, which are accessible through the outlined path.

Activities > Show Applications > Fonts.

Opening the Fonts application GUI lets you see all system-installed fonts, including newly added Microsoft fonts like Arial and New Times Roman. This provides a visual representation of available fonts.

Additional Learning: Remove Microsoft Fonts From Ubuntu

If you no longer wish to have the Microsoft fonts on your system and want to remove them, you can use the following command in the terminal.

sudo apt autoremove ttf-mscorefonts-installer --purge

This command will remove the package “ttf-mscorefonts-installer” and all the Microsoft fonts installed.

Conclusion

That’s a wrap on installing Microsoft Fonts on Ubuntu! We’ve journeyed through the easy command-line steps and peeked at how to confirm the installation via the font manager.

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