How To Convert Fonts To .ttf Format In Ubuntu

font-fFor those who are dealing with writing or design projects, it is common for you to come across a font that your applications cannot support. It could be a Macintosh font, a bitmap font or a open type font (otf), for some reason or another, you just can’t get your application to read it. In such cases, the best way is to convert this font to TrueType font (ttf).

Fontforge is an outline font editor that allows you to create your own postscript, truetype, opentype, cid-keyed, multi-master, cff, svg and bitmap (bdf, FON, NFNT) fonts, edit existing ones and convert one format to another.

In your terminal, type

sudo apt-get install fontforge

Open Fontforge (Applications -> Graphics -> FontForge)


Load up the font that you want to convert.



Without making any changes, go to File -> Generate Fonts. Save the file with extension .ttf


Depending on the source file, it might generate some errors message. Click Save to continue saving.


You have a .ttf font in your folder now.

Installing your new font

Go to your Home folder (Places -> Home Folder)

Create a new folder and name it .font (include the dot in front of the font). Copy the new ttf font into the folder.

Restart your application. It should be able to detect the new font now.

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Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.


  1. Still in journey mode and quickly becomming exhausted. The desire to convert my handwriting into TTF isn’t that cotton-pickin’ complicated – but, being an idiot that I am it’s, voodoo! Would some be so kind as to E-mail me and hold my hand? I have relative skill with Paint Shop Pro and it has many SAVE AS file formats except TTF, OTF – and a few others.
    I’m tired of being the fool who soon parts with his money and then having no resluts. I don’t want to “view” my fonts – I can do that all day long. I don’t want to convert TTF into something else when I want the opposite. I’m tired of the “guru” mentality. I know it’s not that hard and it shouldn’t require over-expensive programs to do this. Help, for real please.

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