Ubuntu 10.10 First OS to Have Indian Rupee Symbol

India recently got a symbol for the currency Indian Rupee. Though there are several fonts for the Indian Rupee Symbol, none of them have been integrated into any operating system yet. However, there is a specialized keyboard for the Indian Rupee symbol.

Ubuntu Rupee Symbol

Ubuntu was working on the Ubuntu Font licensing, and now that it has been approved, they have already uploaded it to the archive. However, the good news is that it gained the Indian Rupee Symbol recently and will now be available by default in the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10.

So if you have been waiting for Ubuntu 10.10, here is another reason to shift to it.

(Source: KDE Developers)

Download Indian Rupee Symbol Font, Type Indian Rupee Symbol

The Indian Rupee Symbol has been finalized and has made History. However, typing the Indian Rupee symbol is not possible yet, because of its uniqueness and it not being part of the keyboard alphabets yet.

Indian Rupee Currency Symbol

Nevertheless, you can always download Indian Rupee Symbol wallpapers for your desktop. These can be downloaded and used on PC, Mac and Linux based desktops. However, if you want to type the Indian Rupee symbol on your PC, you can now do it use the Indian Rupee   Font.

First of all you will need to download the Indian Rupee Symbol from here and install it to your PC. You can read our guide on installing fonts in Linux or also learn how to install fonts on Windows and Mac (see end of article). Once you have installed the Rupee Font, you need to select the font and press the “`” key on the keyboard to insert the rupee symbol into documents.

Right now, the Indian Rupee Symbol will only be viewable on PCs which have the Indian Rupee font installed. You can always create images of the symbol to use on your website. I have embedded some tutorials on how to type the Indian Rupee symbol on your computer after you have installed the form.

Indian Rupee Currency Symbol Makes History

If you have been following the news channels and news papers from today and yesterday, you might have learnt of the news that the Indian Rupee Symbol has finally been decided and India has made history to become one of the select few countries to have a symbol for their currency.

Indian Rupee Currency Symbol

Yesterday, I wrote about the Indian currency symbol created by Udaya Kumar which was chosen by the Union Cabinet and also some Indian Currency Symbol Wallpapers, however, one thing that baffled me was that the Indian currency which was chosen was not in the original list of shortlisted rupee symbols.

Another problem with the new Indian Rupee Currency Symbol is that it would be hard to write the symbol down using natural keyboard as there is no Hindi word and this Indian Rupee Symbol was a amalgam of Devanagari “Ra” and Roman capital “R” without the stem.

Once the chosen Indian Rupee Symbol is ratified by the Cabinet and other members, the new Rupee currency notes will start sporting this symbol  (see update below), this does not mean that the old Rupee currency notes will be invalid. Also it would take sometime and efforts to get this Rupee currency symbol to become usable on computers, other than using an image, so there is still lot of work remaining for the government to do before you can type the symbol.

Nevertheless, this is a really proud moment for Indians since the Rupee Symbol will be flaunted across the world and not just the text Rs. What do you think of the new Indian Rupee Symbol, do you like it? Do you hate it? Do let me know about your thoughts.

Update: The Indian Rupee Symbol will not appear on the currency notes as per one of our commentators, the post has been updated to reflect that.

Indian Rupee Symbol Wallpapers

The Indian Rupee Symbol which was decided yesterday has been liked by many and disliked by many. However, it now gives Indian currency an official way to be represented just like dollars and the pound. Many people have liked the new symbol, whereas several have disliked it too.


If you are someone who has like the new Indian Rupee Symbol, you can now decorate your desktop with some cool wallpapers which make use of the Indian Rupee Symbol. The Indian Rupee symbol is made up of the Devanagari "Ra" and Roman capital "R" without the stem.

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Here are some cool looking Indian Rupee Symbol which you can download and set as your desktop background. To download these Indian Rupee Symbol Wallpapers, visit this link and right click on the images and save it to your PC.


Indian Rupee Symbol Decided, Designed by IIT Student

Last month the Union Cabinet had sat down to choose a symbol for the Indian Rupee out of 5 shortlisted candidates. The decision was expected soon, but it has take well over 2 weeks  to finally choose the Indian Rupee Symbol.


The Indian Rupee Symbol was supposed to be chosen from one of the 5 shortlisted candidates in the picture above. However, according to reports from Indian Express IIT Post Graduate student D Udaya Kumar’s symbol was recommended by the cabinet as the Indian Rupee symbol.


The symbol created by Kumar is an amalgam of the Devanagari Ra’ and the Roman capital R’ without the stem, which is what the Finance minister was looking for. What I found funny though is that the selected Indian Rupee Symbol does not even seem to be in the shortlisted candidates. So where did this new symbol come from?

Was it added later on, or did the Union cabinet look at discuss more than 5 candidates for the Indian Rupee Symbol? This is a mystery I am trying to solve currently. If you have an answer, feel free to let me know about it.

Indian Rupee Symbol To Be Decided Today

After years of missing a unique identity, today India will get a unique symbol to represent Rupees or Rs as we have called them for so long. For those who are not in the know, India will finally get a symbol for our currency which is similar to a $, £ or €.

Indian Rupees Symbol Shortlisted

Right now, there are five symbols which have been shortlisted from several which were submitted for the purpose and only one of them can be chose to be the official symbol of the Indian currency.

According to NDTV, the Union Cabinet is expected to clear the design by Thursday and it will be a Hindi letter Ra with two lines in it.

So which of these symbols is your favorite and which one would you choose to become the official symbol of the Indian currency across the world?

Image via NDTV