This library provides a wrapper for several other Python libraries which together compile fonts from various sources (.glyphs, .ufo) into binaries (.otf, .ttf).
Fontmake requires Python 3.6 or later.
pip install fontmake
--upgrade option to update fontmake and its dependencies
to the newest available release:
pip install -U fontmake
Alternatively, you can download the git repository and install from source:
git clone https://github.com/googlefonts/fontmake cd fontmake pip install .
Developers who want to quickly test changes to the source code without re-installing, can use the "--editable" option when installing from a local source checkout:
pip install -e .
It is recommended to install fontmake inside a "virtual environment" to prevent conflicts between its dependencies and other modules installed globally.
Alternatively, we also provide a self-contained, standalone version of fontmake that only requires a Python 3.6 or 3.7 installation to run. These are available to download from the fontmake Github releases page. You simply unzip them and run the included fontmake command from your console.
After installation, you can use the
fontmake console script. For example:
fontmake -g MyFont.glyphs # outputs binary font files for masters only
fontmake -h to see options for specifying different types of input and
You can also use fontmake as a module to run intermediate steps in the build
process, via methods of the