How To Install Microsoft Fonts on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Microsoft Fonts on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Microsoft Fonts on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Ubuntu by default does not include the major Microsoft fonts commonly used in your installation. That happens because the font is owned by the Microsoft company and the font is not Open Source. This means that if you create a document and send it to your partner for editing, he/she will not be able to see it in the way it was originally a format. Conversely, you will not be able to see the document that your friend sends you in the way it has been formatted unless he/she is using the same fonts as you.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Microsoft Fonts on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Microsoft Fonts on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Microsoft Fonts on Ubuntu 20.04.

By default, Microsoft Fonts is available on Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to install the Microsoft Fonts on your Ubuntu system:

sudo apt install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

When the installation is done, you should update the font cache using the command below:

sudo fc-cache -f -v

Step 3. Accessing Microsoft Fonts on Ubuntu.

Once successfully installed, now we launch the fonts application located in Activities -> Show Applications -> Fonts. Once opened, you can search for fonts to confirm that Microsoft fonts are installed. For example, run LibreOffice Writer, type something, select it with your mouse, and change the font from the pull-down menu. Your new fonts should appear among the previously available ones.

Install Microsoft Fonts on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Microsoft Fonts. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Microsoft Fonts on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Microsoft Fonts website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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