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Spleen is a monospaced bitmap font available in 5 sizes:

  • 5x8
  • 8x16
  • 12x24
  • 16x32
  • 32x64

Each size is provided in the Glyph Bitmap Distribution Format (BDF), and in the .dfont format for Macintosh users.

All font sizes contain all ISO/IEC 8859-1 characters, except for the 5x8 version which only contains printable ASCII characters due to character size constraints.

The font name is a reference to Baudelaire.


The following screenshots show Spleen 16x32 displaying code and prose.

Spleen - Hello

Spleen - L'etranger

XLFD font names



Packages are available for the following operating systems:

Manual installation

*BSD and Linux

Clone the repository, convert the files to the Portable Compiled Format (PCF) using bdftopcf and run mkfontdir in the directory.

Mac OS X / macOS

macOS users should use the provided .dfont files.


*BSD and Linux

Update the font path to include Spleen:

xset +fp /usr/local/share/fonts/spleen/

Update .Xdefaults and add one of the following directives:

xterm*faceName: spleen:pixelsize=8:antialias=false
xterm*faceName: spleen:pixelsize=16:antialias=false
xterm*faceName: spleen:pixelsize=24:antialias=false
xterm*faceName: spleen:pixelsize=32:antialias=false
xterm*faceName: spleen:pixelsize=64:antialias=false

Launch xterm.

Mac OS X / macOS

Configure the terminal application to use Spleen and use the following sizes:

  • Spleen 5x8: size 5
  • Spleen 8x16: size 8
  • Spleen 12x24: size 12
  • Spleen 16x32: size 16
  • Spleen 32x64: size 32


Spleen is released under the BSD 2-Clause license. See LICENSE file for details.


Spleen is developed by Frederic Cambus.