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Use Typecatcher to Quickly Install Google Web Fonts on Ubuntu

Typecatcher downloads google fonts

Typecatcher downloads google fonts

Ever wished you could pick from a wider selection of fonts on Ubuntu? 

Well, you can.

Google Fonts provides web developers and designers with hundreds of open-source web fonts that can be used for free.

But did you know that you  can easily and quickly install Google Fonts on Linux? 

The Easy Way to Install Google Fonts

It’s no longer a chore to install fonts on Ubuntu, making it easy to use the awesome fonts in Google’s web font repository: find a font you like, download it, extract the archive and double-click on the font file to open the font viewer and install.

But there’s an even easier way to find, sort through and install Google fonts on Ubuntu.

typecatcher font app custom text

Preview custom text before you download

Typecatcher is a neat desktop tool that takes the hassle out of this process. It lets you search, preview and download Google Web Fonts for offline use.

Features include:

  • Search by font name (including auto-completion)
  • Choice of preview text (lorem ipsum, random, etc)
  • Adjustable font size in preview
  • Quick download button
  • Uninstall button

Install Typecatcher in Ubuntu

That’s what Typecatcher is, but how can you get it?

If you use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or later you can install TypeCatcher through the Ubuntu Software Center:

Install Typecatcher from Ubuntu Software Center

Those of you on an older version of Ubuntu, including Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, can install Typecatcher from its official PPA.

To do this open a new Terminal and run the following two commands carefully:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:andrewsomething/typecatcher 

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install typecatcher