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apt for fonts, the missing font manager for macOS/linux

Packaging status

Why?

If you run Debian stable, you don't get the latest fonts, unless someone backports them actively. So this is useful to just get the latest and greatest fonts from Debian sid. It gets even worse with non Debian based Linux distributions.

If you run macOS, neither fink, brew, nor macports come with a great list of available to install fonts.

Privacy?

Read more about Google Fonts and their FAQ.

Host them yourself.

Font repositories

Debian sid, ~480 fonts available, only those starting with fonts-

Google fonts, ~1420 fonts available, (google- prefixed)

Installation

make install

You can also use your native package manager, see https://repology.org/project/fnt/versions

Usage

$ fnt update

$ fnt search agave

$ fnt preview agave
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$ fnt install agave

$ fnt list
agave-b-autohinted.ttf [699]
agave-r-autohinted.ttf [2443]

Randomly display a preview every ten seconds:

while (clear); do fnt preview $(fnt search | shuf -n1 | sed "s,google-,,;s,fonts-,,"); sleep 10; done

If you want to install all available fonts, you could run something like this:

for a in $(fnt search |grep ^fonts- |sed s,fonts-,,); do fnt install $a; done

You end up with ~2700 font files (~480 fonts), taking up 1.6 GB.

for a in $(fnt search |grep ^google- |sed s,google-,,); do fnt install $a; done

You end up with ~4200 font files (~1420 fonts), taking up 1.4 GB.

ZSH autocompletion

You might want to add something like this to your .zshrc:

# enable autocomplete function
autoload -U compinit
compinit

Thanks

The preview mode works using https://github.com/hpjansson/chafa and https://screenshots.debian.net

Screenshots

Create your own with http://shell.aiei.ch/typography/

Online service

http://bootes.ethz.ch/fonts/

Missing a font?

Feel free to create an issue, if the font comes with sources and its license is DFSG compliant, I'm happy to package it for a dollar. Free if I like it.

Want to create or edit fonts?

https://trufont.github.io/

https://fontforge.org/en-US/

https://birdfont.org/

Serve fonts on the web as woff2 and save a lot of traffic

https://github.com/google/woff2

Advertisement

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=26063971

https://fostips.com/fnt-a-command-line-font-manager-for-linux-and-mac-os/

https://www.basher.it/package/

Some interesting links

Helvetica in Motion

https://wakamaifondue.com

https://github.com/fcambus/bdf2sfd (convert bitmap fonts to vector fonts)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_font

https://github.com/rewtnull/amigafonts (Amiga)

https://www.trueschool.se (More Amiga)

https://github.com/alexmyczko/ree (dump your video card ROM, and extract the bitmap fonts)

Paul Renner and his font Futura