Installing TrueType fonts in Raspbian

Installing fonts into Raspbian isn't hard, you just need to know how.

After searching quite a bit I came across an instruction for Ubuntu which did the trick.

These instrictions came from an article on

If you want to use a TrueTypeFont systemwide and not only for one user, create a folder with a name of your choice in


let's say the new folders name is "shiny" you could do the job in a shell by typing

sudo mkdir /usr/share/fonts/truetype/shiny

copy your new fonts to this folder. root-priveleges are necessary, since it's a system folder.

The files must be readable for all users on the system though. (Thanks to John P. Heger for pointing this out!) To make sure this is the case for all fonts, issue the following command

sudo chmod -R a+r /usr/share/fonts/*

The final instruction requires you to have fontconfig installed.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fontconfig

Now you have the update you can update your systems font list:

sudo fc-cache -f -v

All Done.