How To Install New Fonts For GIMP 2.6.11 on XP *Updated*


Thanks to jkarretero for this update.

On GIMP 2.6.11 there’s an easy way to add fonts on your GIMP, here’s how:

1. On your GIMP, click Edit > Preferences > Folders > Fonts

2. Add C:\WINDOWS\Fonts

And you’re done! Happy GIMP’ing!

I’m using GIMP 2.4 on Windows XP on all my images. And today I’m going to show to you how to install new fonts for GIMP. My girlfriend asked me “I’ve already installed my downloaded fonts at C:\WINDOWS\Fonts and restarted The GIMP and still the new fonts is not there, why?“. The GIMP is reading installed fonts on windows once it is installed and stores it on a cache file. So all you have to do is delete those cache and run The GIMP again. Here’s a step by step on how to do it on Windows XP:

After installing the desired fonts to C:\WINDOWS\Fonts do these steps:

  1. Start>Run then type %USERPROFILE%

  2. Then go to Tools>Folder Options

  3. Because the folder is hidden, you have to show hidden files and folders, to do that go to View tab and select the Show hidden files and folders and click OK.

  4. Then go to Local Settings>Temp>fontconfig>cache and delete what’s in that folder. If you want to hide back the files and folders, just go back to step 3. You can now restart your GIMP and enjoy making graphics.

That’s it. :)


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40 thoughts on “How To Install New Fonts For GIMP 2.6.11 on XP *Updated*

  1. I have GIMP installer but never know how to use it…I tried to install it last time but it needed something before we can install it in a Windows computer…anyway, good tutorial…

  2. I recently started playing around with GIMP and I love it! Thanks for this post on adding fonts!

  3. I did this and still none of my fonts will work. I keep getting a message Invalid UTF-8 data in file. My font works in other programs and is a TrueType font. Any suggestions :)

  4. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I have been really puzzled why my fonts just wouldn’t show up no matter how many times I’ve refreshed and restarted GIMP. After following your tutorial’s instructions, I finally saw my fonts 😀

  5. Hi, im a t the 4th step and i cant find the: fontconfig folder. Ty to answer 😀

  6. FINALLY. I have been looking for this for so long. I love the Gimp. Though fonts not appearing was starting to bug me alot. Thank you very much.

  7. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much! You have just single handedly taken my artwork to an entirely new level and I couldn’t be happier!

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    *leaves cookies for you and your girlfriend*

    You made my day.

  8. Thank you so much! I’ve been trying to get my fonts to appear for ages. It’s a really good tutorial: simple and easy to follow with clear pictures. Thankyouthankyouthankyou! :)

  9. THANK YOU! I am a designer and was getting frustrated having to use two programs to us the fonts that I wanted. You are a blessing!

  10. Dude, I’m not a fan of making comments, but you deserve it !
    Thanks for this.
    You are right, open source rules….I should throw my windows to the trash and start using linux now. I mean, I have lost so much time on windows troubles, and this is the proof of it. Half an hour to add fonts….great.

  11. Hey thanks for the tips.. but i still can’t upload my new fonts. i did everything that you did but I have gimp 2.6 so maybe it’s a bit different. please see if i did something wron or if i should try something else

  12. Thank you so much! I’ve tried lots of different methods but this has been the only one that has worked.

    Again, thanks mate!

  13. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Best help I’ve found (well, my husband found it for me lol) yet!

  14. I’m using GIMP 2.6.11 on Win XP.
    Apparently, these instructions doesn’t work for this version (at least not for me).

    I managed to get new fonts work doing this:
    Edit > Preferences > Folders > Fonts
    And adding this: C:\WINDOWS\Fonts

    Thanks anyway!

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  16. For some people you might have do this (This is what i had to do). Well it didn’t work with with Local Disk C:/
    So i used F:/WINDOWS/Fonts

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