What is the path to the fonts directory?

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Some scripts you install may want to use font files on the server to generate text in images.

Here is the directory where fonts are stored on our servers:


You will probably want to use TrueType fonts, which are in a sub-directory:


The Microsoft "core" fonts (including Arial, Comic Sans, Courier New, Georgia, Impact, Times New Roman, Trebuchet, Verdana, and Webdings) are here:


And the commonly used "FreeFont" fonts are here:


Why do I get a "Could not find/open font" PHP error?

Some PHP functions, particularly imagefttext and imageftbbox, have trouble finding font files that are specified without a "full path".

For example, the following line of PHP code will not work on many PHP servers, including ours:

$font = "arial.ttf";
imagefttext($image, 10, 0, 0, 0, $black, $font, "Test");

If you try that, you'll get an error message saying something like "Warning: imagettftext() [function.imagettftext]: Could not find/open font in /var/www/html/ex/example.com/script.php".

There are several ways to fix this. You can usually just add "./" to the beginning of the font name, like this:

$font = "./arial.ttf";

Alternately, you can make PHP use the full path:

$font = "/var/www/html/ex/example.com/arial.ttf";

Either of these approaches should fix the problem.