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The Liberation(tm) Fonts is a font family which aims at metric compatibility with Arial, Times New Roman, and Courier New. It is sponsored by Red Hat


"On May 9, 2007, Red Hat announced the initial public release of these fonts under the trademark LIBERATION at the Red Hat Summit. There are three sets: Sans (a substitute for Arial, Albany, Helvetica, Nimbus Sans L, and Bitstream Vera Sans), Serif (a substitute for Times New Roman, Thorndale, Nimbus Roman, and Bitstream Vera Serif) and Mono (a substitute for Courier New, Cumberland, Courier, Nimbus Mono L, and Bitstream Vera Sans Mono)." Red Hat, Inc. (2007), [Online], Available: [11 May 2010].

"On Jul 18, 2012, Liberation fonts 2.00.0 version is released based on croscore fonts to resolve long standing licensing problem and also get more coverage present in croscore fonts."


  1. The Liberation(tm) version 2.00.0 onward are Licensed under the SIL Open Font License, Version 1.1.
  2. Older versions of the Liberation(tm) Fonts is released as open source under the GNU General Public License version 2 with exceptions.


Current Release

Note: 2.00.0 onward releases does not includes Liberation Sans Narrow font due to licensing problems. Please refer to older releases for Liberation Sans Narrow font.

This release includes a source tarball also so it is easy to build the ttf files from sources.

Previous Releases

Source and TrueType archives are available at


The Liberation(tm) Fonts are packaged for a wide range of Linux distributions:

  • Fedora: liberation-fonts is included in Fedora and installed by default. The Fedora package can be checked here.
  • RHEL: liberation-fonts is available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux from RHN.
  • Debian: ttf-liberation has been added to Debian. The Debian package can be checked here.
  • Ubuntu: ttf-liberation has been added to Ubuntu. The Ubuntu package can be checked here.


Please reports bugs or requests for enhancements at Red Hat Bugzilla. When filing a bug please mention the version of liberation-fonts and the OS.


You can get the current source using the following commands:

Anonymous GIT access

$ git clone

Read and Write Url

$ git clone ssh://

Discussion about the fonts can be made on Fedora Fonts List.


  • Pravin Satpute - current maintainer
  • Herbert Duerr - contributed SansNarrow
  • Caius Chance - former maintainer