The default TTY console font size on Ubuntu 18.04 Server may be not satisfactory in many cases. However, there is a simple way to increase or even decrease the font size on Ubuntu 18.04 TTY console by re-configuration of the console font and keymap setup program console-setup .

Custom TTY console font size on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux Server
Custom TTY console font size on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux Server

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Criteria Requirements
Operating System Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Server
Software console-setup 1.178ubuntu2.7 version or higher
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

How to increase or decrease TTY console font size step by step instructions

To modify TTY console font size is a rather simple task. First, login to your TTY terminal, use the dpkg-reconfigure command to reconfigure the console-setup and select appropriate font type and size.

The font size will be automaticaly changed to fit your specifications hence no reboot is required. The following is a step by step procedure on how to change TTY console font size on Ubuntu 18.04 Server:


  1. Login and execute the dpkg-reconfigure command:
    $ sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup
    
  2. Select the most appropriate character encoding. Most likely the pre-selected default option is what you want unless you have some specific needs.

    Select most appropriate character encoding
    Selecting character encoding.
  3. Select character set for your language.

    Select character set for your language
    Choosing character set.
  4. As explained by the configuration wizard there are some pros and cons you will need to consider to select an appropriate font appearance. Test few options to see which selection fits your desire.



    Select font appearance
    Selecting font appearance.
  5. This is the last step, select font size and you are done. After your selection the new TTY console font size will be applied immediately.

    select font size
    Selecting font size.
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