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Font Manager

A simple font management application for GTK Desktop Environments

Main Window

Font Manager is intended to provide a way for average users to easily manage desktop fonts, without having to resort to command line tools or editing configuration files by hand. While designed primarily with the Gnome Desktop Environment in mind, it should work well with other GTK desktop environments.

Font Manager is NOT a professional-grade font management solution.


  • Preview and compare font files
  • Activate or deactivate installed font families
  • Automatic categorization based on font properties
  • Google Fonts Catalog integration
  • Integrated character map
  • User font collections
  • User font installation and removal
  • User font directory settings
  • User font substitution settings
  • Desktop font settings (GNOME Desktop or compatible environments)


Font Manager is being translated using Weblate, a web tool designed to ease translating for both developers and translators.

If you would like to help this application reach more users in their native language please visit the project page on Weblate.

Translation status



Please see Known Issues before installing.

Download on Flathub

  • Access to xdg-config/fontconfig is necessary for other Flatpak applications to recognize changes made by Font Manager. You can use an application such as Flatseal or add --filesystem=xdg-config/fontconfig to the command used to launch the application. This needs to be done for every installed Flatpak application.

  • Archive support does not work in Flatpak builds

Distribution packages

Arch User Repository

Arch Linux users can install font-manager from official repositories:

pacman -S font-manager

Fedora COPR

Copr build status

Fedora packages built from latest revision:

dnf copr enable jerrycasiano/FontManager
dnf install font-manager


Gentoo users may find font-manager in ::pf4public Gentoo overlay

Ubuntu Personal Package Archive

Ubuntu packages built from latest revision:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:font-manager/staging
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install font-manager

File Manager extensions

Fedora and Ubuntu users can also find extensions for Nautilus, Nemo and Thunar in the repositories.

The extension currently allows you to quickly preview font files by simply selecting them in the file manager while font-viewer is open and also adds an option to install font files in the file manager context menu.

The Thunar extension also has very basic bulk renamer support.

Building from source

You'll need to ensure the following dependencies are installed:

  • meson >= 0.53
  • ninja
  • glib >= 2.62
  • vala >= 0.42
  • freetype2 >= 2.5
  • gtk+-3.0 >= 3.22
  • json-glib-1.0 >= 0.15
  • libxml-2.0 >= 2.9
  • sqlite3 >= 3.8
  • gobject-introspection
  • yelp-tools (optional)
  • gettext (optional)

If you wish to also build file manager extensions, you will need corresponding development libraries:

  • libnautilus-extension
  • libnemo-extension
  • thunar

If you wish to also build Google Fonts integration, which is enabled by default, the following libraries are required:

  • webkit2gtk3 >= 2.24
  • libsoup >= 2.62

To build the application:

meson --prefix=/usr --buildtype=release build
cd build

To run the application without installing:


To install the application:

sudo ninja install

To uninstall:

sudo ninja uninstall

For a list of available build options:

meson configure

To change an option after the build directory has been configured:

meson configure -Dsome_option=true


This project is licensed under the GNU General Public License Version 3.0 - see COPYING for details.


  • Karl Pickett for getting the ball rolling with
  • The compare mode in Font Manager is modeled after gnome-specimen by Wouter Bolsterlee
  • Font Manager makes use of data compiled for Fontaine by Edward H. Trager
  • The character map in Font Manager is based on Gucharmap