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This health check verifies that Jira has access to system fonts it relies on. Missing fonts might result in errors when generating reports, or text displaying as unclear or garbled. We’ve introduced this health check, because some Java distributions don’t include any font configuration packages, which results in these problems. If you’re here, it probably means you’ll need to install this package, too.


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System fonts are available, no issues detected.All good, no action is required from you.

Some fonts are missing.

The Java distribution you're using is missing font configuration packages. You can fix this problem by installing fontconfig, as described below.


Install fontconfig (or an equivalent), and restart Jira. 

Use our script to install 

The script is available in Jira 8.2 or later. If you're on an earlier version, use the commands described further below.

If you're using Ubuntu, CentOS, RedHat Enterprise (RHEL), Debian, or Fedora, we've created a script to install the required package for you. 

To install the font package:

  1. Change to the /bin directory of your Jira installation
  2. Run the script. 

    $ sudo ./

  3. Restart Jira.

Install it yourself

Here are the commands to install font dependency in a number of common Linux distributions and package managers. 


To install the fontconfig package on Ubuntu 18:

sudo apt install -y fontconfig

CentOS 7 does not work with fontconfig. You can install dejavu-sans-fonts as an alternative:

sudo yum install -y dejavu-sans-fonts

To install fontconfig on RedHat Enterprise Linux 7.5:

sudo yum install fontconfig

To install the fontconfig package on Debian 9.5:

apt-get update && apt-get install -y fontconfig

To install the fontconfig package on Fedora 28:

dnf install -y fontconfig

Last modified on May 21, 2019

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