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README.md

FontView Build Status

“FontView” is a little demo app that shows the contents of a font file. It opens *.ttf, *.otf, *.ttc, *.otc, *.pfa, and *.pfb files. To render text, FontView uses the open-source libraries FreeType, HarfBuzz, and Raqm. FontView is not an official Google product; use it at your own risk.

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You’re very welcome to contribute changes, for example if you’d like porting the tool to other platforms than macOS. (Because the program only calls cross-platform libraries, porting should actually be quite easy). Likewise, please don’t hesitate to add new features; simply send a GitHub pull request when your change is ready.

Building on macOS

$ git clone --recursive https://github.com/googlefonts/fontview.git;
# if you forget the recursive arg, run
# git submodule update --init --recursive
$ cd fontview
$ python2.7 build.py && ./build/FontView.app/Contents/MacOS/fontview

Building on Linux

You need to first install wxWidgets as well as latest versions of FreeType, HarfBuzz and FriBiDi.

$ git clone https://github.com/googlefonts/fontview.git
$ cd fontview
$ git submodule init
$ git submodule update src/third_party/raqm/libraqm
$ python build.py && ./build/fontview

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Demo app that displays fonts with a free/libre/open-source text rendering stack: FreeType, HarfBuzz and Raqm

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