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       fontforge - create, modify, and view font files


       fontforge   [-allglyphs]   [-c string]   [-cmap maptype]   [-depth pixeld]  [-display str]
       [-lang=ff]  [-lang=py]  [-help]  [-keyboard ktype]  [-last]  [-new]  [-nosplash]  [-quiet]
       [-recover mode]  [-script file]  [-skippyfile]  [-skippyplug]  [-sync]  [-unique] [-usage]
       [-vc class] [-version] [fontfile ...]


       FontForge will read PostScript (pfa, pfb, ps, cid), OpenType (otf), TrueType  (ttf,  ttc),
       Macintosh resource fonts (dfont, bin, hqx), Scaled Vector Graphics (svg), TeX bitmap (pk),
       Glyph Bitmap Distribution Format (bdf), and X11 bitmap (pcf) fonts.   Font  files  may  be
       compressed  with  gzip  (for  example,  myfont.pcf.gz).   FontForge will also read its own
       format: Spline Font Database (sfd) files.

       If the argument list contains a font file name (or several), fontforge  opens  a  fontview
       window for each font displaying the characters of that font.  In the absence of options or
       arguments, the program opens a file-picker window, allowing you to  browse  your  disk  to
       find a font file, or create a new one.

       This manual page is intended only as a rudimentary overview; see the HTML Users Manual for
       more complete information.

       If no fontfiles are specified, and neither is -new, and there is nothing to recover,  then
       FontForge will produce an open font dialogue box.

       If  a  scriptfile  is  specified  then  FontForge will not open the X display, nor will it
       process any additional arguments. It will execute the scriptfile and give it any remaining

       If  the  first  argument  is  an  executable filename, and that file's first line contains
       "fontforge", then it will be treated as a scriptfile.


       -new        Creates a new font.

       -last       Loads the last sfd file closed.

       -recover none|auto|inquire|clean
                   Control error recovery.   none  suppresses  crash  revcovery.   auto  performs
                   automatic  recover  if  the program crashed before saving changes; this is the
                   default.  inquire asks what to do with auto-saved crash recovery files.  clean
                   deletes recovery information.

       -allglyphs  Load all glyphs in the 'glyf' table. of a TrueType collection.

       -nosplash   Suppress display of the splash screen.

       -quiet      Don't print non-essential information to stderr.

       -unique     If  a  copy of fontforge is already running, open all arguments in it and have
                   this process exit.

       -display display-name
                   Employ the X display  specified  by  the  string  display-name  (for  example:

       -depth pixeld
                   Attempt to employ a visual that matches the specified pixel depth, pixeld.

       -vc val     Sets the visual class if possible.

       -cmap current|copy|private
                   Sets  the  type  of  color  map.   current  attempts to allocate colors int he
                   current (shared) color map.  The program will likely not  find  everything  it
                   requires.  copy allocates what can be allocated, then copies the current color
                   map; it can thus make use of cells other programs are using.  private  creates
                   a new color map and fills it with the required colors.

                   In case that fails.

       -sync       Syncs the display, debugging.

       -keyboard ibm|mac|sun|ppc
                   Generates appropriate hotkeys in menus.  Use ibm on an IBM-compatible PC.  Use
                   mac on a Mac computer running Mac OS.  Use sun on a Sun workstation.  Use  ppc
                   on Power PC Mac running SUSE GNU/Linux.

                   Use (or not) the cairo library for drawing.

       -help       Displays a help message and exits.

       -docs       Displays  help  file  output  and  then  invokes  a  browser using the BROWSER
                   environment variable.

       -version    Prints the version of fontforge and exits.

       -lang=py    Use Python for scripts (may precede -script).

       -lang=ff    Use fontforge's legacy scripting language.

       -script scriptfile
                   Executes scriptfile.  Must be the first option (or follow -lang).   All  other
                   arguments  are passed to scriptfile.  Execute the script named file.  Does not
                   open the X display.  This must be the first argument passed to FontForge.  Any
                   other arguments are handled by the script file itself.  Any other command line
                   arguments will be passed to  the  script.   The  program  contains  a  command
                   interpreter,  which  allows  access  to  most  but  not all of its interactive
                   features.  If a script file is executable, and if its first line contains  the
                   string "fontforge", then the argument -script may be omitted.  This means that
                   FontForge can be used as an interpreter.

       -dry scriptfile
                   Syntax checks scriptfile (dry run).  Must be  the  first  option.   All  other
                   arguments  are  passed  to  scriptfile.   This  option  can  only be used with
                   fontforge's own scripting language, not with Python.

       -c script-string
                   Executes argument as scripting commands.  Must be the first option.  All other
                   arguments are passed to the script.

       -skippyfile Do not execute Python init scripts when initialiszing.

       -skippyplug Do not load (enabled) Python plugins when initialiszing.


       Sample usage:

              fontforge myfont.ttf &


              Specifies the name of a browser program for examining online documentation.

              Specifies the location of the autotrace program.  Usually FontForge can figure this
              out without help, but not always.

       MF     Specifies the location of the metafont program.

              Turns on verbose mode in scripting.  Each statement is printed as it is executed.


              Crash recovery directory.

              Translations for user interfaces.

              Optional location for online documentation.

              "Encoding"       files       for       Adobe's       cid       formats,        from



       The     HTML    version    of    the    FontForge    manual,    available    online    at:


       FontForge used to be called PfaEdit.


       FontForge is Copyright © 2000–2014 by George Williams, and is currently maintained by  the
       FontForge development team.  See /usr/share/doc/fontforge/AUTHORS for a comprehensive list
       of contributors.


       FontForge   is   licensed    under    GPLv3+:    GNU    GPL    version    3    or    later
       (   with   many   parts   covered   by   a   BSD  license
       (   Please  read  the  LICENSE  file  included  in  the
       FontForge           distribution           for           details,          or          see

       FontForge   is   available   as   a   whole   under   the   terms   of   the    GNU    GPL
       (,  version  3 or any later version.  However, almost
       all   of   its    parts    are    available    under    the    "revised    BSD    license"
       (  because  FontForge  was  mostly  written by
       George Williams, using that license.

       The Revised BSD License is very permissive, and allows for code to be combined with  other
       code under other licenses.

       There  are many useful libraries available under copyleft libre licenses, such as the LGPL
       and GPL, which FontForge started to use in 2012.

       For example, Pango and Cairo are available under the LGPL.

       Some features added since 2012 are licensed  by  their  individual  developers  under  the


       See the FontForge Github Issue Tracker, at

                                           2017 Jun 18                               FONTFORGE(1)