As example we use example.ttf as the truetype font we want to install on our system. And use in an RML report within OpenERP.

Installing the font on your system

First you need to install your font on the server. If you use Ubuntu you can use the following commands to do this:

make a directory in the /usr/share/fonts/truetype folder for your custom fonts

cd /usr/share/fonts/truetype/
mkdir example

Change to the new folder and copy your file to this location

cd example
cp example.ttf ./

update the font cache of your system

fc-cache -fv

Enable the custom fonts

Open the file of your OpenERP Server (if you followed my installation of openerp from launchpad the location will be: /opt/openerp/server/openerp/report/render/rml2pdf/

vi /opt/openerp/server/openerp/report/render/rml2pdf/

Add a new line to the CustomTTFonts list:


The ‘all’ part of the tuple has different options. You may also use ‘normal’ , ‘bold’, ‘italic’, ‘bolditalic’.


Using the font in a RML based report

You can now use the custom font in your RML reports. Just use the name you have chosen. The paraStyle will show someting like:

<paraStyle name="default_8" fontName="example" fontSize="8.0" leading="10" alignment="LEFT" spaceBefore="0.0" spaceAfter="0.0"/>