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README.rst

Powerline font patcher

Author: Kim Silkebækken (kim.silkebaekken+vim@gmail.com)

Description

This font patcher creates dividers and symbols for use with Powerline. The script requires Python 2 and FontForge compiled with Python bindings.

Patched fonts are renamed by default (" for Powerline" is added to the font name) so they don't conflict with existing fonts. Use the --no-rename option to disable font renaming.

Glyph table

All the glyphs are stored in the U+2B60-U+2BFF range ("Misc symbols and arrows").

Code point Description
U+2B60 Branch symbol
U+2B61 LN (line) symbol
U+2B62 FT symbol, part 1
U+2B63 FT symbol, part 2
U+2B64 Padlock (closed)
U+2B80 Hard right arrow
U+2B81 Soft right arrow
U+2B82 Hard left arrow
U+2B83 Soft left arrow

Font patching guide

There's a GitHub wiki page dedicated to community-contributed patched fonts. You may download one of the fonts on that page if you don't want to patch the fonts yourself.

If you do patch a font that's not included in the wiki (and you have permission to distribute it), please include it on the wiki page.

Note: The fonts in the wiki may be outdated, and may have different glyphs than the ones provided in the latest version of Powerline. It's recommended that you always patch your fonts yourself if you have the required software.

Linux

  1. Install fontforge with Python bindings. For Ubuntu users the required package is python-fontforge, for Arch Linux users the required package is fontforge. It should be something similar for other distros.

  2. Run the font patcher:

    $ /path/to/fontpatcher MyFontFile.ttf
    
  3. Copy the font file into ~/.fonts (or another X font directory):

    $ cp MyFontFile-Powerline.otf ~/.fonts
    

    Note: If the font is a pure bitmap font (e.g. a PCF font) it will be stored in the BDF format. This is usually not a problem, and you may convert the font back to the PCF format using bdftopcf if you want to. All other fonts will be stored in the OTF format regardless of the original format.

  4. Update your font cache:

    $ sudo fc-cache -vf
    

    Note: If you use vim in rxvt-unicode in the client/daemon mode, you may need to close all running terminals as well for the font to be updated.

  5. For gvim users: Update the GUI font in your vimrc file:

    set guifont=MyFont\ for\ Powerline
    

    For terminal users: Update your terminal configuration to use the patched font.

  6. Update your vimrc configuration to use the new symbols:

    let g:Powerline_symbols = 'fancy'
    
  7. Make sure that the cache file is deleted:

    $ rm /tmp/Powerline.cache
    
  8. Start vim and enjoy your new statusline!

OS X

  1. Check if you have a FontForge version with Python support by running fontforge -version. You should see something like this:

    $ fontforge -version
    Copyright (c) 2000-2011 by George Williams.
    Executable based on sources from 13:48 GMT 22-Feb-2011-D.
    Library based on sources from 13:48 GMT 22-Feb-2011.
    fontforge 20110222
    libfontforge 20110222
    

    Make sure that the executable version number doesn't have NoPython in it. If everything looks OK, skip ahead to step 4.

  2. If you have FontForge but with NoPython in the version number, please try to update to a later version:

    $ brew uninstall fontforge
    $ brew update
    $ brew install --use-gcc fontforge
    

    Note: You may have to use --use-clang instead of --use-gcc when compiling FontForge.

  3. If you don't have FontForge, install it with Homebrew:

    $ brew update
    $ brew install --use-gcc fontforge
    
  4. Patch your fonts by passing the fontpatcher script as a parameter to FontForge:

    $ fontforge -script /path/to/fontpatcher MyFontFile.ttf
    
  5. Install the font by double-clicking the font file in Finder and click "Install this font" from the preview window.

  6. For gvim users: Update the GUI font in your vimrc file:

    set guifont=MyFont\ for\ Powerline
    

    For terminal users: Update your terminal configuration to use the patched font.

  7. Update your vimrc configuration to use the new symbols:

    let g:Powerline_symbols = 'fancy'
    
  8. Make sure that the cache file is deleted:

    $ rm /tmp/Powerline.cache
    
  9. Start vim and enjoy your new statusline!

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