Fonts help you express your thoughts in creative ways through design. Whether you’re captioning an image, building a presentation, or designing a greeting or advertisement, fonts can boost your idea to the next level. It’s easy to fall in love with them just for their own aesthetic qualities. Fortunately, Fedora makes installation easy. Here’s how to do it.

System-wide installation

If you install a font system-wide, it becomes available to all users. The best way to take advantage of this method is by using RPM packages from the official software repositories.

To get started, open the Software tool in your Fedora Workstation, or other tool that uses the official repositories. Choose the Add-ons category in the group of banners shown. Then in the add-on categories, select Fonts. You’ll see a list of available fonts similar to this screenshot:

When you select a font, some details appear. Depending on several conditions, you may be able to preview how the font looks with some example text. Select the Install button to add it to your system. It may take a few moments for the process to complete, based on your system speed and network bandwidth.

You can also remove previously installed font packages, shown with a check mark, with the Remove button shown in the font details.

Personal installation

This method works better if you have a font you’ve downloaded in a compatible format: .ttfotf.ttc.pfa.pfb or .pcf. These font extensions shouldn’t be installed system-wide by dropping them into a system folder. Non-packaged fonts of this type can’t be updated automatically. They also can potentially interfere with some software operations later. The best way to install these fonts is in your own personal data directory.

Open the Files application in your Fedora Workstation, or a similar file manager app of your choice. If you’re using Files, you may need to use the Ctrl+H key combination to show hidden files and folders. Look for the .fonts folder and open it. If you don’t have a .fonts folder, create it. (Remember the leading dot and to use all lowercase.)

Copy the font file you’ve downloaded to your .fonts folder. You can close the file manager at this point. Open a terminal and type the following command:


This will rebuild font caches that help Fedora locate and reference the fonts it can use. You may also need to restart an application such as Inkscape or LibreOffice in which you want to use the new font. Once you restart, the new font should be available.

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