Tool to create PDF files containing glyph images and information about a font.
Clone or download
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Type Name Latest commit message Commit time
Failed to load latest commit information.


FontReport is a tool that allows the user to generate a report about a given font (TTF or OTF) listing its features in the plain-text (default) or PDF format. It is useful in quickly identifying such things as the Unicode coverage of the font, what glyphs are in it, what Open Type features it supports, available ligatures, and glyph substitutions.


Install TeX Live following installation instructions for your platform. (Text Live is needed because FontReport uses xetex to generate PDF from .tex source.) Also, make sure python setuptools are installed.


apt-get install python-setuptools texlive-xetex texlive-latex-recommended

Mac OS X

Setuptools are pre-installed for MacOS-X. To set up TeX Live, download and run MacTeX installation package at

Other platforms



sudo python install

Usage samples

Generate a PDF report

fontreport NotoSansMalayalam-Regular.ttf Malayalam.pdf

Resulting report: malayalam.pdf

Generate a plain-text report

fontreport NotoSansMalayalam-Regular.ttf Malayalam.txt

Resulting report: malayalam.txt

Find out if a given Unicode character is included in what fonts in a directory

for file in *.ttf; do fontreport "$file" | grep U+XXXX > temp.txt && echo $file && cat temp.txt; done > summary.txt

Find language-specific substitutions defined in a font

fontreport NotoKufiArabic-Regular.ttf | grep locl

The output is:

locl  Localized Forms arab-URD  1
   1  locl                  uni0667 -> uni06F7.urdu
   1  locl                  uni06F4 -> uni06F4.urdu
   1  locl                  uni06F6 -> uni0666

Report Content

Currently a report consists of several tables:

  • Unicode coverage
  • Glyphs coverage
  • OpenType Features
  • Ligatures
  • Substitutions