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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.



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14 March 2014


Used for build scripts.

Verified by

Janet Casey

Verified on

18 September 2003

Leaders and contributors

George Williams Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
DeveloperVCS Repository Webview
HelpMailing List Info/Archive
Bug TrackingVCS Repository Webview
Debian (Ref) (R)
Bug Tracking,DeveloperMailing List Info/Archive
SupportMailing List Info/Archive

Software prerequisites

Weak prerequisitelibpng and zlib
Weak prerequisitelibjpeg (to import images in the given format)
Weak prerequisitefreetype (to better rasterize bitmaps and to enable the truetype debugger)
Weak prerequisitelibtiff
Weak prerequisitelibungof
Weak prerequisitelibxml2 (to parse SVG files and fonts)
Weak prerequisitelibuninameslist (to display unicode names and annotations)
Weak prerequisiteautotrace *or* potrace (for autotracing around character images)


"Debian (Ref) (R)" is not in the list (General, Help, Bug Tracking, Support, Developer) of allowed values for the "Resource audience" property.

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