Most Linux Distributions use open-source fonts to substitute Microsoft’s iconic typefaces like Arial, Courier New, and Times. Red Hat created the Liberation family to replace these similar-looking but different sizes — all you have to do is select your preferred font when editing documents so that they’ll be readable without any disruptions!
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Microsoft Core Fonts on Manjaro 21 Linux. The tutorial will use the
yay AUR helper, ideally most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman, for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.
Table of Contents
Before proceeding in the tutorial, it is advised to update your system to make sure all existing packages are up to date.
sudo pacman -Syu
Install yay Helper
To begin the installation, you must have GIT installed to import the
yay repository to install/build. From your command terminal, use the following code to begin the installation.
sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm base-devel git
Now clone the yay archive using the following terminal command.
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay-git.git
Next, move the archive to the
/OPT/ directory. This is a good location for any other archive installs, keep everything located, and traditionally the location is a commonly used area for different applications.
sudo mv yay-git /opt/
Now navigate to the yay-git directory location.
Build the package using the
Install Microsoft Fonts
Now that you have installed the package management helper, you can install the Microsoft Core Fonts using the following command.
yay -S ttf-ms-fonts
--noconfirm to skip most of the questions for automatic default answers to all questions.
How to Update Microsoft Fonts
The best way to check for updates and upgrade fonts is to use the following command.
yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate
How to Remove (Uninstall) Microsoft Fonts
When you no longer want the fonts installed on your system, use the following command to remove them.
yay -Rns ttf-ms-fonts
Optionally, you can run the following command to clean up any leftover unused dependencies, and this is highly recommended to run, so your system does not become bloated.
Comments and Conclusion
In the tutorial, you have learned how to quickly and easily install Microsoft Fonts on Manjaro 21 Linux with AUR and yay.
Overall, Microsoft fonts are proprietary software, so not all Linux users would be thrilled to install these depending on your stance about open-source software. However, with the right font, color, and text size, your creative work will be more readable depending on your situation, work environment, and audience, and these fonts may be required to do this.