Fonts and Installation Instructions for Indian Languages

To view the Indian language characters, you need Open Type Fonts (OTF fonts). A variety of Open Type Fonts are available for different Indian Languages.

Windows XP users need not worry about the Indian Language fonts. The 'Arial Unicode MS' font file that comes with Windows XP has font glyphs for all Indian Languages.

Please let us know if there are any free OTF fonts for other Indian Languages.We encourage free OTF fonts.

Raghu.ttf is a free OTF for Hindi which can be downloaded from the following site
Script Indian Languages that use this script Font Name Website URL
Devanagari Hindi, Sanskrit, Marathi Raghu

Font Installtion Instructions

After downloading the font, follow these instructions to install the font on your machine.

  1. Go to Start --> Control Panel --> Fonts

  2. Go to file --> Install New Font

  3. Browse to the directory where you downloaded the fonts and click on the 'ok' button.

  4. Restart the browser, if it is open already.

You require 'root' permission to install fonts
  1. Copy the fonts to /usr/share/fonts/ttf or /usr/local/fonts/ttf. If you don't see the directory ttf in either of these paths, create it.

  2. Change to the directory where the fonts are copied.
    cd /usr/share/fonts/ttf or
    cd /usr/local/fonts/ttf

  3. Run the following commands from the shell prompt:
    ttmkfdir > fonts.scale
    Note: If you view the directory, you should see two new files 'fonts.scale' and 'fonts.dir'.

  4. Redhat users can directly run this command:
    chkfontpath -a /usr/share/fonts/ttf or
    chkfontpath -a /usr/local/fonts/ttf

    If you don't have the chkfontpath command, you will have to edit the file /etc/X11/xfs/config (or /etc/X11/fs/config), find the line which starts with "catalog=", and add your directory at the end of the list, separated by a comma.

  5. Restart the xfs server.

If you still face problems in downloading and installing, contact Surekha or Srinivasa Raghavan