Best Free and Open Source Fonts for Linux

A computer font is implemented as a digital data file containing a set of graphically related glyphs. A computer font is designed and created using a font editor.

Most computer fonts are in either bitmap or outline data formats. Bitmap fonts consist of a matrix of dots or pixels representing the image of each glyph in each face and size. Outline or vector fonts use B├ęzier curves, drawing instructions and mathematical formulae to describe each glyph, which make the character outlines scalable to any size.

Linux users may not have a plethora of fonts, but there are many lovely and usable fonts. Different Linux fonts are supplied with different Linux distros.

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Let’s explore the fonts. For each title listed we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources.

HackTypeface designed for source code
Nerd FontsIconic font aggregator, collection and patcher
HermitMonospace font designed to be clear, pragmatic and very readable
Liberation FontsPopular font family
Source Code ProOpenType fonts which work well in user interface (UI) environments
RobotoNeo-grotesque sans-serif typeface family
Droid FontsGeneral-purpose fonts released by Google as part of Android
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