Report: How to install and to use TTF fonts in LaTeX (MiKTeX 2.4) - JUST IN 4 STEPS

Hi, everyone!

That is a very common question in LaTeX, and several ansewrs have been
given to it along the time. Recenlty, some changes have been made in
MiKTeX, version 2.4 (something in the way MAP files are managed), so
that all the solutions I found in the Internet didn't succeed -fonts
imported from TTF files looked like "rastered" in the PDF final
document, I mean, not vectorial, nice and smooth but like "bit maps"
(it can be appreciated when the document is enlarged up to 1200% or

So, basically, I think THIS is THE solution, at least by the moment. It
has been tested on Windows, with a MikTeX standard installation,
version 2.4. I hope that in the current 2.5 version it will also work
(by the way, if anyone could check it and report the results here, it
would be great).

STEP 1 - Use MTFI in order to do the "hard work", I mean, to create and
install all FD, MAP, TFM and VF files into the appropiate MiKTeX
directories (I mean, C:\texmf and so on).

You can get MTFI here: The project
web page is this:

Repeat STEP 1 as many times as different TTF fonts you wish to install.

STEP 2 - Create a file called "updmap.cfg" with just one line of code:


and save it into C:\localtexmf\miktex\config (or the equivalent
directory in your local installation folder of MiKTeX).

STEP 3 - Refresh database names, as usual:

Start > All programs > MiKTeX > MiKTeX Options. "General" and [File
name database] press "Refresh Now" button.

STEP 4 - In a DOS command windows, type this:

initexmf --mkmaps (two consecutive "-" before "mkmaps")

Now, that's all. LaTeX or, at least, pdfLaTeX, is ready to produce
documents with embebed TTF fonts, and not bit maps. The quality of the
document will be higher, and it will be smaller.

Now you can use imprted TTF fonts like you would do with other ones:

% Use this for just a piece of text
{\usefont{T1}{futuraconli}{m}{n} We are writing in Futura Condensed

% Use this to use fonts different from the default ones in all the
\renewcommand{\rmdefault}{font1_name} % roman or script font
\renewcommand{\sfdefault}{font2_name} % sans-serif font
\renewcommand{\ttdefault}{font3_name} % teletype font

There are some alternative manual ways to do STEP 1. You can check them

· Very good and clear

·, pp

pp 30-31

Older but still valid files:


· THIS is the ROOT reference. Many
people says this web page is THE solution, but STEP 2 is still
necessary in order not to obtain "rastered" fonts in PDF.

· A Spanish version of the
previous file.

There is a Spanish and a Valencian version for these instructions (nice
detailed version), that can be downloaded from here: (Spanish)

If anyone feels like helping me to translate these extended
instructions into English, I would appreciate it.

By the way, and, last but not least: SORRY FOR MY POOR ENGLISH!!!

Please, check these instructions and report your suggestions and
comments into this thread. I would like to make it easier for people
looking in the future for a solution for using TTF in LaTeX. I think it
would be great.




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