Installing Fonts in Xming with the Linux Subsystem on Windows

Series: dev April 12, 2017

I’ve had problems getting the fonts I want in Xming on Windows. I tried to follow directions, but couldn’t get mkfontscale running on Windows.

The following process worked for installing Source Code Pro on Windows with Xming:

  • Download the latest version of Source Code Pro.
  • Unpack the TTF folder to C:\Program Files (x86)\Xming\fonts\TTF. Create it if it does not yet exist.
  • In bash, install xfonts-utils, which contains mkfontscale:
sudo apt-get install xfonts-utils
  • Make sure your Xming fonts directory is editable by the windows user.
  • run mkfontscale on the fonts:
cd "/mnt/c/Program Files (x86)/Xming"
mkfontscale fonts/TTF
mkfontscale -b -s -l fonts/TTF
  • Add the font directory to the command you use to launch Xming:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Xming\Xming.exe" -fp "C:/Program Files (x86)/Xming/fonts/misc/,C:/Program Files (x86)/Xming/fonts/TTF/"  :0 -clipboard -multiwindow

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