Install Microsoft core TrueType fonts in Mandriva Linux

The default fonts packaged with Linux are definitely passable; however, Microsoft has some freely available TrueType fonts that make Linux look even better. These fonts technically aren't redistributable, which is why most Linux vendors do not provide them out of the box. But, these fonts are available for personal use; you just need to download and install them. On RPM-based systems, a clever RPM package exists that, when installed, will generate a new RPM that includes these TrueType fonts -- a quick and efficient way to package the fonts without manually downloading and installing them.

This RPM package was designed for an older Mandrake Linux distribution, but it works just as well on recent Mandriva Linux installs and most likely works with other RPM-based Linux distributions as well.

Download the following RPM package:

Once you have it, install it. If you're using Mandriva Linux, use urpmi to install it. Because this RPM package actually creates another, a number of dependencies must be installed to create the RPM package:

# urpmi msttcorefonts-bootstrap-0.1-4brs.noarch.rpm

To satisfy dependencies, the following packages are going to be installed:
















Proceed with the installation of the 15 packages? (80 MB) (Y/n)

On other Linux distributions, use the tool that comes with it (e.g., apt or yum). When the package is installed, it will immediately make a network connection to SourceForge to download the font files and bundle them into a new RPM package called msttcorefonts, and then install that newly-generated RPM package.

Once the RPM is installed, the fonts are immediately available. For instance, in GNOME, select System | Preferences | Font to set the default application fonts, perhaps changing the default Sans font to Verdana.

In KDE, open the KDE Control Center, select Appearance & Themes, and then Fonts. Here you could also change the default Sans font to Verdana (or any other font the package supplies, including Arial, Comic, Courier, Georgia, etc.).

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Vincent Danen works on the Red Hat Security Response Team and lives in Canada. He has been writing about and developing on Linux for over 10 years and is a veteran Mac user.


I tried going to this site, but the file doesn't exist.


This is a perfect example of why Linux is not gaining traction in OS space. I am relatively new at Linux. A link to a page explaining what the OTHER method(s) to download and install fonts or even generic instructions would be really nice as part of the article. They are mentioned, how hard is it to include a link to them?


excellent article, but did take a while to understand and inmplement

Evert Meulie
Evert Meulie

Can anyone tell us what the quick/easy way is to do this on a Gentoo system? 8-)


Something is fishy somewhere .... as of writing this reply ms say discontinued fonts from Aug 2002 : from the link above: TrueType core fonts for the Web Web fonts program discontinued Microsoft's TrueType core fonts for the Web are no longer available for download from Looking for free, shareware or commercial fonts? Please visit our Links, news and contacts section, featuring daily typography news headlines and access to a constantly updated database of over 600 type and typography related sites on the Web. this page was last updated 12 August 2002 ? 2002 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Terms of use. comments to the MST group: how to contact us

Tony Stohne
Tony Stohne

Emerge corefonts. That should do it :)


a while ago red hat released the Liberation fonts package. There are three sets of fonts: Sans (substitute for Arial, Albany, Helvetica, Nimbus Sans L, and Bitstream Vera Sans), Serif (substitute for Times New Roman, Thorndale, Nimbus Roman, and Bitstream Vera Serif) and Mono (substitute for Courier New, Cumberland, Courier, Nimbus Mono L, and Bitstream Vera Sans Mono). I use these fonts and they are quite good. you can get them from:

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