How to Install Fonts on Mac Manually

How to Install Fonts on Mac Manually

If you remember Macs’ early evolution, you should know that fonts are one of the defining features here since the time of Mac’s introduction. Macs usually come with a great set of nice-looking fonts, but in our times of technical progress, there are lots of low-cost creative fonts on the Internet.

Still, this variety often leads to the situation when you like all of them and can’t choose the one you like the most. Another problem many users face is when installing fonts. They come up with a question: “How to install fonts on Mac manually?”, and I want to tell you how to do that in my today’s article.


How to Install Fonts on Mac

Both MacOS and OS X accept fonts in different formats: PostScript, .ttf, .ttc, .otf, Multiple Master and .dfont. Even if the font you like is described as a Windows one, look at its extension. If it is .ttf, then be sure that this font will work with your Mac perfectly, as the extension means that it is a True Type font.

Prior to starting the installation process, quit all the apps, as if you don’t, apps that were running while installing fonts, won’t be able to see them after you restart your Mac.

After that, be ready to do some drag and drop work. You can choose one from few places, and this place depends on whether you use your Mac alone or with other family members, friends or colleagues and whether you want those fonts to be visible to other users.


Installing Fonts for Your Personal Use

If you want no one to use your fonts, install them in your Library folder:


Just replace the word ‘user-name’ by your nickname and go on.

There are situations when users can’t find the Library folder. This happens because MacOS and OS X hide them from users. Make all the folders visible and drag and drop your new fonts to it.


Installing Fonts for Everyone

If you need every user to see new fonts, just drag and drop them to ‘Library/Fonts’. You can find this folder on the startup drive. Double-click this drive on the Desktop and find the right folder.

Type in your admin password when the system asks for it and proceed.

Voila! Your fonts are installed!


Fonts for Network Users

If you need everyone connected to your network to see new fonts, drag and drop them to


After this, your fonts will be visible to anyone who has access to your network.


Using Font Book

This is a simple built-in application that makes the process of installing fonts on Mac as quick and easy as possible.

Find Font Book in the ‘Applications’ folder and launch it. You now can use its functionality and install fonts in one click.

With this app, you’ll have a possibility of checking your font before installing it. The app will inform you whether there are issues with new fonts or if they can have conflicts with some old ones.

What’s more, this app allows you to preview fonts, so you will know how they will look like. It shows both capital letters, small letters, and numbers.


How to Manage Fonts on Mac

Once you have added many fonts to Mac, you’ll need to keep an eye on them and to manage them somehow. It is recommended to use Font Book for that, as the app shows every font on your machine. They are sorted in the alphabetical order, so you can easily find the one you need.