How to Install Fonts on CentOS 5

Written by kristen waters
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The CentOS Linux operating system comes with a standard set of fonts. If you want more fonts, you must install them manually. CentOS uses the Fontconfig subsystem for font installation. You can install fonts systemwide or to a single user's account. When a font is installed systemwide, it is included in the font list for all users. You must have root privileges to install a font systemwide.

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  1. 1

    Click on the "Terminal" icon in the desktop panel to open a terminal window and a command prompt.

  2. 2

    Type the command "su -" to become the root user. Type the root password when prompted.

  3. 3

    Extract the font archive file if the filename ends in ".zip" or ".gz." Type the command "unzip" to extract a ".zip" file. Type the command "gunzip filename.gz" to extract a ".gz" file. Replace "filename" with the name of the file you want to extract.

  4. 4

    Type the command "mkdir /usr/share/fonts/local/" to create the directory that will contain the installed fonts.

  5. 5

    Type the command "cp <font_name> /usr/share/fonts/local/" to copy the font to the systemwide fonts directory. Replace "<font_name>" with the name of the font you want to install.

  6. 6

    Type the command "fc-cache /usr/share/fonts/local/" to update the font information cache.

  7. 7

    Type the command "exit" to close the root session.

  1. 1

    Open the directory that contains the font that you want to install in the Nautilus file browser.

  2. 2

    Double-click the file to extract the contents if the filename ends in ".gz" or ".zip."

  3. 3

    Press "Ctrl" and "N" to open a new Nautilus window.

  4. 4

    Type "fonts:///" in the address bar of the second window.

  5. 5

    Drag the font file from the first Nautilus window to the second window. The fonts will be installed for that account only.

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