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Best fonts for terminal

The best fonts for a terminal depends on what terminal emulator you are using and what features it supports(it even depends on how your fonts.dir looks, as sometimes fonts get installed "incorrectly"), it also depends on how you have configured your x-server, if you use freetype2 or freetype1, if you use the autohinter with the bytecode interpreter compiled into freetypeN,if you have compiled in the BI but doesn't use the autohinter,if you have not compiled in the BI and use the autohinter, if you have not compiled in the BI but uses the autohinter.

Regardless of that, I believe that after spending two days of downloading and trying fonts as recommended as "the best" of people on irc i've finally found myself a favorite:

Terminus (v4.09 in tehdely repository "xserver-terminus-fonts" ) @

Of the rejected were all the fonts i had(all microsoft fonts in addition) as well as other good but not better, like:

Lucida Typewriter, bitstream vera mono, courier, Terminal, Test, Gamov, default8x16, monospace, [...]

of which i liked Test, Terminal and Gamov best. But Terminus beat them all :)

The various terminal emulators i used were: Terminal, Tilda and xterm.

example on howto use Terminus:

xterm -bg black -fg gray -fn -xos4-terminus-medium-r-normal--14-140-72-72-c-80-iso8859-1
xterm -bg black -fg gray -fn -xos4-terminus-bold-r-normal--14-140-72-72-c-80-iso8859-1

Different Kind of Fonts

There exist different kind of fonts for Linux.

TrueType fonts


PostScript fonts

.pfa .pfb


bitmap fonts

.pcf .bdf .pcf.gz .bdf.gz

TeX fonts

.vpl, .pl, .vf .tfm

Font Packages in Archlinux

  • thai
    • ttf-thai - font covering glyphs for thai
  • khmer
    • ttf-khmer - font covering glyphs for khmer language
  • braille
    • ttf-ubraille - font containing symbols for braille (unicode)

Q / A

See the Fonts FAQ