- *gerb ʰ-: reconstructed Proto-Indo-European root, meaning to carve
gerb: a font editor in gtk3 and Rust
☛ See the Screenshots section.
gerb is a GUI font editor and IDE.
It is not production ready, but all the basics are implemented.
It uses the UFOv3 format and can import:1
- UFOv2 directories
- Glyphs files
- OpenType files (
- TrueType files (
- import from other font source formats
- export to
- configurable shortcuts system
- unlimited undos
- embedded python shell and API for scripting and plugins (work in progress)
- git integration (work in progress)
- themeable (work in progress)
- work with designspaces (tracking issue #22)
- FontForge is the indisputable FOSS font editor. Realistically this is the only choice one has for making a professional quality typeface with free software.
Some other projects in development are:
- runebender: development seems to have slowed down (as of Wed 15 Mar 2023).
Unfortunately, the project —while excellent— looks like it is encumbered by its UI toolkit's development.
In contrast, gerb uses the standard FOSS UI toolkit,
- MFEK: it's focused on splitting every functionality into micro-libraries. gerb's technical goal is shipping a font editor.
Packages are available:
- NetBSD https://pkgsrc.se/fonts/gerb
- Debian / Ubuntu as
.debfiles included with each release
- Arch Linux https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/gerb-git
It is also installable from crates.io:
cargo install gerb
Prebuilt GNU/Linux & macos amd64 binaries
See 'Releases' for binaries of tagged releases built in the CI.
To build, you will need Rust's
You can get it from your distribution's packages, or directly with the official
If the build fails because of missing system libraries, see the Dependencies section of the
Download or clone the git repository with your method of choice, e.g.:
git clone https://github.com/epilys/gerb.git cd gerb cargo build --release
python feature you'll need
libpython3.9 or greater.
On Debian and relatives:
apt install libgtk-3-dev
macOS you can install dependencies with
brew install librsvg gtk+3 gnome-icon-theme
Run & Configuration
You can open a UFOv3 project from the GUI ( File->Open or Ctrl+O ) or directly in the command line with the
Assuming the project directory is "/path/to/font.ufo":
# Directly calling the binary: gerb -u /path/to/font.ufo # Running through cargo cargo run --release -- -u /path/to/font.ufo
Configuration of various settings is stored at the
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/gerb directory in a TOML file.
The usual location would be
dconf is not used but PRs that add dconf support are welcome.