[jvm] Font is not available to the JVM with Jasper Reports

I'm trying to generate report with DynamicJasper, but I'm getting the following error:

                                 Font 'Arial' is not available to the JVM.   

msttcorefonts is installed, but I guess the JVM is not using any fonts from it.

I'm using Ubuntu 10.04.

How can I fix this?

This question is related to jvm jasper-reports ubuntu-10.04 dynamic-jasper

The answer is

Create jasper report in multiple languages(Unicode)

1)Install font in ireport desginer

2)create extension of font(we will use it in applications classpath)

3)install font on os(optional)

4)paste all .ttf of font in jre->lib->fonts directory (otherwise web application will throw error font is not available to JVM)

sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts works (on our Ubuntu development environment), but is not a very good solution.

Instead, we bundled the fonts with our application based on this tip. Their JAR file bundles the following fonts,

  • Arial
  • Times New Roman
  • Courier New
  • Comic Sans MS
  • Georgia
  • Verdana
  • Monospaced

Direct Link to download jar: Maven ver 1.0. DynamicFonts

For CentOS:

wget msttcorefonts


tar -zxvf msttcorefonts.tar.gz
cp msttcorefonts/*.ttf  /usr/share/fonts/TTF/
fc-cache -fv 

After all, restart JVM.

I faced the issue with my web application based on Spring 3 and deployed on Weblogic 10.3 on Oracle Linux 6. The solution mentioned at the link did not work for me.

I had to take the following steps - 1. Copy the Arial*.ttf font files to JROCKIT_JAVA_HOME/jre/lib/fonts directory 2. Make entries of the fonts in fontconfig.properties.src 3. Restart the cluster from Weblogic console


For Debian


non-free contrib

to deb and deb-src in /etc/apt/sources.list ie:

deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main non-free contrib


apt-get update
apt-get install msttcorefonts

Of course you'll need to restart jasperserver. ie:

/opt/jasperreports-server-cp-4.5.0/ctlscript.sh restart

Change for your version / path.

You can do it by installing fonts, that means everywhere you want to run that particular application. Simplest way is just add this bl line to your jrxml file:

 <property name="net.sf.jasperreports.awt.ignore.missing.font" value="true"/>

Hope it helps.

Solution in 2 steps (if you are using centOS)

  1. Download the Microsoft core fonts rpm package.

    [root@WEBSVR~/]# wget http://www.itzgeek.com/msttcore-fonts-2.0-3.noarch.rpm
  2. Install rpm package.

    [root@WEBSVR~/]# rpm -Uvh msttcore-fonts-2.0-3.noarch.rpm

There are three method to avoid such a problem.

Method 1 : by setting ignore missing font property.

JRProperties.setProperty("net.sf.jasperreports.awt.ignore.missing.font", "true");

or you can set this property by entering following line into .jrxml file.

<property name="net.sf.jasperreports.awt.ignore.missing.font" value="true"/>

Method 2 : by setting default font property.

JRProperties.setProperty("net.sf.jasperreports.default.font.name", "Sans Serif");

or you can set this property by entering following line into .jrxml file.

<property name="net.sf.jasperreports.default.font.name" value="Sans Serif"/>

Method 3 : by adding missing font property.

Firstly install missing fonts in IReport by selecting " Tools >> Options >> Fonts >> Install Font " then select the all font and Export this By clicking on "Export as Extension" with .jar Extension.

You can use this jar for Jasperreports-font.X.X.X.jar which will be present in your project library or classpath.

Copy your Fonts on the following directory JDK_HOME\jre\lib\fonts

If you are using maven in your project, you can just add the jasper-fonts dependency to pom.xml:


Installing the missing font on the system may be a working solution but not for me, I didn't want to have to install the missing fonts after each deployment in a new server, instead I opted for embedding the font with the application.


Hey Having trouble viewing documents produced on Windows?

You can try a fine solution easy:

yum install curl cabextract xorg-x11-font-utils fontconfig

rpm -i https://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/mscorefonts2/rpms/msttcore-fonts-installer-2.6-1.noarch.rpm

After this I need reboot my system CentOS6.

Source: http://mscorefonts2.sourceforge.net/

Try adding the line


to your jasperreports.properties file.

Jasper stops finding one font

I solved this by choosing 'SansSerif' or 'Serif' only and not 'Arial' or 'Times New Roman'.

I use IReport to install font:

tools -> options -> fonts -> click install font

Then select the font and click

-> export as extension and type name myfont.jar

add this jar and also spring.jar* to your build path.

*copy spring.jar from Jaspersoft\iReport-3.7.0\ireport\modules\ext

Actually I fixed this issue in a very simple way

  1. go to your home path, like /root
  2. create a folder named .fonts
  3. copy your all your font files to .fonts, you can copy the font from C:\windows\fonts if you use windows.
  4. sudo apt-get install fontconfig
  5. fc-cache –fv to rebuid fonts caches.

JasperReports raises a JRFontNotFoundException in the case where the font used inside a report template is not available to the JVM as either as a system font or a font coming from a JR font extension. This ensure that all problems caused by font metrics mismatches are avoided and we have an early warning about the inconsistency.

Jasper reports is trying to help you in your report development, stating that it can not export your report correctly since it can not find the font defined in TextField or StaticText

<font fontName="Arial"/>

Yes you can disable this by setting net.sf.jasperreports.awt.ignore.missing.font to true but you will have export inconsistencies.

Yes you can install the font as JVM system font (but you need to do it on every PC used that may generate report and you can still have encoding problems).

The correct way!

Use Font Extensions!, if you like to create your own (see link below), jasper reports also distributes a default font-extension jar (jasperreports-fonts-x.x.x.jar), that supports fontName DejaVu Sans, DejaVu Serif and DejaVu Sans Mono

<font fontName="DejaVu Sans"/>

From the JasperReport Ultimate Guide:

We strongly encourage people to use only fonts derived from font extensions, because this is the only way to make sure that the fonts will be available to the application when the reports are executed at runtime. Using system fonts always brings the risk for the reports not to work properly when deployed on a new machine that might not have those fonts installed

Links on StackOverflow on how to render fonts correctly in pdf

Checklist on how to render font correctly in pdf

Generate font-extensions with JasperSoft Studio

Generate font-extensions with iReport

can make your custom fonts via iReport and converting like jars files