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Show Siblings (free version)

This is a plugin for the Glyphs font editor.

It superimposes a group of predefined glyphs in the background of your letters. This can be both pretty helpful in the beginning of a design as well as at intermediate progress where quick proof overview is needed. The degree of a desired match depends on each design, of course.


  1. In Window > Plugin Manager, click on the Install button next to the Show Siblings entry.
  2. Restart Glyphs.

How to use

When ever you need it, toggle Show Siblings from the View menu.


Show Siblings Shequalin Demo Show Siblings live Demo

Pro Version (coming soon)

Show Siblings Pro Teaser


  • More Script: Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Thai, Khmer, Myanmar, Hangul, …
  • Twins: Alternative glyphs like .ssXX or any other suffixes.
  • Movable siblings: Perfectly position them behind the current glyph.
  • Match Highlighter: If a node of the current glyph matches a background node, you’ll get visual feedback.
  • Drawing modes:
    • Flat filled
    • Flat filled with outline
    • Outline only
    • Outline only with removed overlaps
  • Show nodes: Toggle display all nodes of all siblings
  • Don’t show siblings: Toggle display of siblings
  • Temporary sibling: show any glyph in as a “sibling”. No need to paste actual glyphs or components into the background layer anymore. (And forgetting them there, cluttering your files.)
  • Open Tab with all siblings.

Known issues of the free version
  • Currently working on Cyrillic and Greek, as well as a Custom Parameter to set up italic construction for a and g.
  • Removing a component doesn’t update the displayed layer in the group members until the .glyphs file is reopened.
Pull Requests

Feel free to comment or pull requests for any improvements.


Copyright 2015 Mark Frömberg @Mark2Mark

Made possible with the GlyphsSDK by Georg Seifert (@schriftgestalt) and Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer (@mekkablue).

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

See the License file included in this repository for further details.


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