FontForge – font editor

FontForge (previously known as Pfaedit) is an open source font editor, software designed to create and modify outline and bitmap fonts.

FontForge is also a font format converter, and can convert among PostScript (ASCII & binary Type 1, some Type 3s, some Type 0s), TrueType, and OpenType (Type2), CID-keyed, SVG, CFF and multiple-master fonts.

FontForge uses FreeType for rendering fonts on screen. Fonts that have been created with FontForge include DejaVu fonts, Linux Libertine, Beteckna, and Asana-Math.

Also included with FontForge are programs to generate a font thumbnail image, check for certain common errors and to compare two font files (fontimage, fontlint, and sfddiff respectively).

Features include:

  • Create or edit glyphs.
  • Supports many font formats, including TrueType, PostScript, OpenType, SVG, FON, FNT, Web Open Font Format, and TeX Bitmap fonts.
  • Supports Adobe’s OpenType feature file specification.
  • Supports the unofficial Microsoft mathematical typesetting extensions (MATH table).
  • Convert fonts from one format to another, or can store fonts in its native text-based “spline font database” format (.sfd).
  • Uses Potrace or AutoTrace to trace bitmap images and import them into a font.
  • 2 scripting languages.
  • Internationalization support: (English), Russian, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Greek, Simplified & Traditional Chinese, German, Polish, and Ukrainian.

Support: Documentation, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: George Williams
License: Revised BSD Liceense


FontForge is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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