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Add Microsoft Core Fonts to Ubuntu

Have you ever needed the standard Microsoft fonts such as Times New Roman on your Ubuntu computer?  Here’s how you can easily add the core Microsoft fonts to Ubuntu.

Times New Roman, Arial, and other core Microsoft fonts are still some of the most commonly used fonts in documents and websites.  Times New Roman especially is often required for college essays, legal docs, and other critical documents that you may need to write or edit. 

Ubuntu includes the Liberation alternate fonts that include similar alternates to Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier New, but these may not be accepted by professors and others when a certain font is required.  But, don’t worry; it only takes a couple clicks to add these fonts to Ubuntu for free.

Installing the Core Microsoft Fonts

Microsoft has released their core fonts, including Times New Roman and Arial, for free, and you can easily download these from the Software Center.  Open your Applications menu, and select Ubuntu Software Center.


In the search box enter the following:


Click Install on the “Installer for Microsoft TrueType core fonts” directly in the search results.


Enter your password when requested, and click Authenticate.


The fonts will then automatically download and install in a couple minutes depending on your internet connection speed.


Once the install is finished, you can launch OpenOffice Writer to try out the new fonts.  Here’s a preview of all the fonts included in this pack.  And, yes, this does included the infamous Comic Sans and Webdings fonts as well as the all-important Times New Roman.

Please Note:  By default in Ubuntu, OpenOffice uses Liberation Serif as the default font, but after installing this font pack, the default font will switch to Times New Roman.


Adding Other Fonts

In addition to the Microsoft Core Fonts, the Ubuntu Software Center has hundreds of free fonts available.  Click the Fonts link on the front page to explore these, and install the same as above.


If you’ve downloaded another font individually, you can also install it easily in Ubuntu.  Just double-click it, and then click Install in the preview window.



Although you may prefer the fonts that are included with Ubuntu, there are many reasons why having the Microsoft core fonts can be helpful.  Thankfully it’s easy in Ubuntu to install them, so you’ll never have to worry about not having them when you need to edit an important document.

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  • Published 04/26/10

Comments (17)

  1. Mike

    This is good…but for some reason didn’t work for me. I just tried it and the The Ubuntu Software Center displays that the “Microsoft Core Fonts” are “Not available in the current data.”

  2. Mike

    ….it worked through Synaptic, though…..just did it.

  3. calebstein

    Please write an article on how one would do this on FreeBSD 8. I can’t figure out how.

  4. Matthew Guay

    @Mike – When I went to install the fonts, there were actually two listings for the fonts int he Software Center. The one that says “Microsoft Core Fonts” does not seem to work. Instead, in your search box in the Software Center, enter “ttf-mscorefonts” without the quotes, and select “Installer for Microsoft TrueType core fonts” as shown above. This one should work fine.

  5. Matthew Guay

    @calebstein – check out the Core Fonts project on Sourceforge … it should help you get it working in BSD –

  6. Dave

    This is a perfect example of what I am against. A how-to that has been done to death. Come on dude, write stuff that nobody has written before. Be the leading edge, and write about something new, not something old, with a new spin on it.

  7. Franky

    Thanks, but I don’t need any m$ rubbish on my Linux box. What I have is just perfect.

  8. remoteONE

    This option does not work in my 9.10.
    No options for install core ttf fonts Anywhere

  9. Alice

    Well, they’re installed, and still not working. That is, they ARE, but the special characters aren’t working. When I try to type in a non-English language that requires other characters, the font switches to Tahoma and becomes all messed up. :/


  10. soren121

    For those who prefer apt or Synaptic, the package name is “ttf-mscorefonts-installer”.

  11. suresh chandra nathsharma

    linux file don’t open in microsoft office word

  12. Andrei

    Is there an app that allows me to easily install a couple hundred fonts?

  13. safeer

    Thanx a lot Man !!! it really worked… sooo simple !!! :)

  14. dd

    Simple and clear. Really helpful. Thanks a lot.

  15. BOB

    Thank you , worked in ubuntu 11.4 very simple

  16. Mihai

    Thanks! Mutumesc!

  17. c stuart hardwick

    I was able to install the MS fonts under Lubuntu 11.10, but neither they, nor the built in fonts are rendering correctly. Most of the menus appear “gritty” and the fonts in LibreOffice have what migth be aliasing problems, such as too much space between a lower case “w” and an “i”.

    It varies by font, but appears present in all. As a writer, this is completely unaccaptable and I will be forced to revert to Ubuntu and loose 1/3 of my battery life if I can’t find the solution. Any advice?

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