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Install IBM Plex Font

Update - 26th January 2024

One can now install from native apt packages with:

sudo apt update \
  && sudo apt install fonts-ibm-plex

Update - 14th October 2018

Just use typecatcher instead of the steps below, especially if you are an Ubuntu 18.04 user.


Copy, paste, and execute the following script to download and install the IBM Plex font (tested for Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop):


cd /tmp

# install unzip just in case the user doesn't already have it.
sudo apt-get install unzip -y
wget ""


cd type-master

sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ibm-plex
sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/fonts/opentype/ibm-plex

sudo cp /tmp/type-master/fonts/*/desktop/pc/*.ttf /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ibm-plex/.
sudo cp /tmp/type-master/fonts/*/desktop/mac/*.otf /usr/share/fonts/opentype/ibm-plex/.

sudo fc-cache -fv

So you can see what it is like in action, below is a screenshot of the script above, written in gedit, using one of the variations of the font. I find it quite pleasing to write scripts with.


Last updated: 26th January 2024
First published: 16th August 2018