Using Kodi with Korean and Chinese characters

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Using Kodi with Korean and Chinese characters

Unread post by synportack24 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:55 am

Problem: Korean or Chinese text in Kodi will display as boxes or not display at all.

Solution: You need to replace the default font, arial.ttf, with one that supports a wider set of characters. The font that I fond that worked great was "DejaVuSans DroidSansFallback", this font is a merge of two fonts DejaVuSans and DroidSans which provides near full unicode coverage. Download the font from the link below and follow these steps

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$ cd /usr/share/kodi/media/Fonts
$ sudo mv arial.ttf arial.ttf.old
$ sudo <pathToNewFont>/DejaVuSansDroidSansFallback.ttf arial.ttf
This will replace kodi's limited arial font and replace it with the new font that has full support for Korean/Chinese/Russian.

Font Download : ... 1314911926
Font XDA page :
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ODROID Form fix : ... an#p153819

Side Notes I tried the solution other solution in the ODROID forum, however the font that is used in that fix is not part of the default Ubuntu install on the C1 or C2. I thought I would place this here seeing as this is an international form I figured someone else will face this same problem.
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Re: Using Kodi with Korean and Chinese characters

Unread post by odroid » Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:57 am

Thank you for sharing a guide how to use Asian Characters on Kodi.

BTW, the magazine link is not correct on your signature. ;)
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