Firefox Fonts – Fonts Look Strange in Firefox


I have just moved from Windows to Ubuntu 12.04 (with Firefox 11), and the fonts in some of my favorite sites (especially Hebrew sites) look strange.

I looked at the CSS and saw such fonts such as "David", "Arial", etc. Apparently these fonts are not installed on my Firefox. How do I install them?

Best Answer

The Arial font is get installed by ttf-mscorefonts-installer and the David font is available in culmus package.

Open a terminal and do this command to get them

sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer culmus

Or using Software center:

Install ttf-mscorefonts via the software center

Install culmus via the software center

If you want to install only the David font (culmus package includes some other fonts too), you can download that font from the link below

Download link for David font only

Download it and copy the font file in the .fonts directory in your home. This directory is hidden by default. Use Ctrl + H to reveal the hidden files and folders. If the directory does not exists already, create one with name .fonts and copy the file in that directory.

Note: You have to accept the EULA when installing the ttf-mscorefonts-installer package. Use Tab for navigation in the terminal.


  1. Arial is installed by ttf-mscorefonts-installer as described in the package's description

  2. David font is in the culmus package as described by the package's file list

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