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Outline font editor

FontForge is an outline font editor that lets you create your own fonts or edit existing ones. Multiple formats including PostScript, TrueType, OpenType, SVG and bitmap (BDF) are supported. It also lets you convert one format to another. This package was formerly known as pfaedit.


Available on the Web site, e.g.


Download version 2.0.20140101 (stable)
released on 2 January 2014

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Related Projects


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
BSD 3ClauseJanet Casey18 September 2003
GPLv3orlatermtjm14 March 2014
Used for build scripts.

Leaders and contributors

George Williams Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking,Developer Mailing List Info/Archive
Support Mailing List Info/Archive
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Bug Tracking VCS Repository Webview
Help Mailing List Info/Archive

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite freetype (to better rasterize bitmaps and to enable the truetype debugger)
Weak prerequisite libpng and zlib
Weak prerequisite libtiff
Weak prerequisite libuninameslist (to display unicode names and annotations)
Weak prerequisite libungof
Weak prerequisite autotrace *or* potrace (for autotracing around character images)
Weak prerequisite libjpeg (to import images in the given format)
Weak prerequisite libxml2 (to parse SVG files and fonts)

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 14 March 2014.


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