Introduction to FontForge

The FontForge package contains an outline font editor that lets you create your own postscript, truetype, opentype, cid-keyed, multi-master, cff, svg and bitmap (bdf, FON, NFNT) fonts, or edit existing ones.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.8 platform.

Package Information

FontForge Dependencies


FreeType-2.6.1, GLib-2.46.2, and libxml2-2.9.3



giflib-5.1.1, libjpeg-turbo-1.4.2, libpng-1.6.19, LibTIFF-4.0.6, Python-2.7.10, IPython, libspiro, libunicodenames, libuninameslist, and zeromq (libzmq),

User Notes:

Installation of FontForge

Install FontForge by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr     \
            --enable-gtk2-use \
            --disable-static  \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/fontforge-20150824 &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install


Fontforge may need a workaround to start, due to a bug in the splash screen. If you wish to start from a terminal, either issue fontforge -new, or, after issuing fontforge, press Ctrl-C once, after the splash screen appears. For the menu, make the following substitution, as the root user:

sed -e '/Exec/ s/fontforge/& -new/' \
    -i /usr/share/applications/fontforge.desktop

Command Explanations

--enable-gtk2-use: allows to use the GTK+2 graphics instead of basic Xorg graphics.

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

--enable-debug: Turn on debug build and FONTFORGE_DEBUG conditional code. Requires libspiro.


Installed Programs: fontforge, fontimage, fontlint and sfddiff
Installed Libraries:,,,,,, and /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/{fontforge,psMat}.so
Installed Directories: /usr/{include,share}/fontforge and /usr/share/doc/fontforge-20150824

Short Descriptions


is a program that allows you to create and modify font files.


is a program that produces an image showing representative glyphs of the font.


is a program that checks the font for certain common errors.


is a program that compares two font files.

Last updated on 2015-10-11 15:28:40 -0500