Installing FontForge from Git Source Code
Doing It By Hand
Clone a copy of the Github source repository:
mkdir -p ~/src/github.com/fontforge; cd ~/src/github.com/fontforge; git clone https://github.com/fontforge/fontforge.git;
Install all your typical build tools, build dependencies and runtime dependencies - all the packages that allow you to build of software from source code.
The exact method to do this depends on your OS distribution.
You can see a list of the dependencies for Debian in the debian/control file, or to generate a list on Debian-like systems with
aptitude installed, run
To download all dependencies on Debian Jessie, run:
sudo apt-get install autotools-dev libjpeg-dev libtiff5-dev libpng-dev libgif-dev libxt-dev libfreetype6-dev autoconf automake libtool libltdl7-dev libxml2-dev libuninameslist-dev libspiro-dev python-dev libpango1.0-dev libcairo2-dev chrpath
To download all dependencies on Ubuntu, run:
sudo apt-get install packaging-dev pkg-config python-dev libpango1.0-dev libglib2.0-dev libxml2-dev giflib-dbg libjpeg-dev libtiff-dev uthash-dev libspiro-dev build-essential automake flex bison;
Install the unifont package to get a full display of the reference glyphs. Unifont includes glyphs for all Unicode codepoints, and FontForge will use it if it is installed.
sudo apt-get install unifont;
FontForge uses libspiro to simplify the drawing of curves. Download and install the latest code like this:
git clone https://github.com/fontforge/libspiro.git cd libspiro autoreconf -i automake --foreign -Wall ./configure make sudo make install cd ..
FontForge uses libuninameslist to access attribute data about each Unicode code point.
Download the code:
git clone https://github.com/fontforge/libuninameslist.git
Run the following commands in sequence (that is, wait for each one to complete before running the next):
cd libuninameslist autoreconf -i automake --foreign ./configure make sudo make install cd ..
Now run the build and installation scripts, and ensure you can open shared object files:
cd fontforge; ./bootstrap; ./configure; make; sudo make install; sudo ldconfig;
Attention, Designers Who Love TrueType Hinting:
You like to run
./configure with the
This option enables advanced features for debugging TrueType font hints, such as stepping through hinting instructions one by one.
1 use absolute path to freetype source root. i.e.
- If you can not install due to problems with Python, run
./configureline like this (paths may vary):
PYTHON_CFLAGS="-I/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/include/python2.7" \ PYTHON_LIBS="-L/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/config" \ ./configure \ --disable-programs \ --disable-native-scripting \ --without-x \ --without-cairo \ --without-giflib \ --without-libjpeg \ --without-libtiff \ --without-libpng \ --without-libspiro \ --without-libuninameslist \ --without-libunicodenames \ --without-iconv \ --without-libzmq \ --without-libreadline \ --enable-python-scripting \ --enable-python-extension;
Or try this:
PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/opt/X11/lib/pkgconfig/ \ PYTHON_CFLAGS="-I/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/include/python2.7" \ PYTHON_LIBS="-L/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/config" \ ./configure;
- Problems with lack of libraries can be solved with Homebrew or similar systems:
brew install autoconf; brew install automake; brew install glib; brew install pango;
no such file or directory msgfmtthen with Homebrew run:
brew install gettext;
Then edit then your shell profile (eg,
~/.zprofile) and add:
## On Mac OS X with Homebrew
Homebrew no longer packages FontForge with a UI, but the release GUI app bundles are available from Cask. You can install FontForge from the current github source code using a package manager, such as MacPorts or Fink.
Here is how to install FontForge without a UI:
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
Check everything's ok (fix any issues before moving on)
brew install python gettext libpng jpeg libtiff giflib cairo pango libspiro czmq fontconfig automake libtool pkg-config glib pango
Install the latest release or build from source
brew install -v --debug --with-giflib --with-libspiro fontforge
brew install -v --debug --with-giflib --with-libspiro fontforge --HEAD
If this does not work, please file an issue
To install the UI with Cask:
brew tap caskroom/cask; # Install cask brew cask install fontforge; # Install fontforge