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List of available fonts[edit]

The following fonts are available for SVG rendering on the Wikimedia servers, as of 2008-10-21. This is a sorted and formatted view of (Last full import here: Wed 22 Oct 2008 02:13:30 EST). Expressions in brackets are Aliases.

See [1] to identify these fonts.

font-family font-styles Source License
aakar medium
Abyssinica SIL Regular [2] OFL
Aksharyogini Normal [3] as-is (link attribution)
Ani (অনি Dvf) Regular [4]?
AnjaliOldLipi Regular [5] OFL
AR PL UKai CN (大陆楷体) Book [6]
AR PL UKai HK (香港楷體) Book "
AR PL UKai TW MBE (台灣楷體+台灣方言音符號) Book "
AR PL UKai TW (台灣楷體) Book "
AR PL UMing CN (大陆细明体) Light "
AR PL UMing HK (香港細明體) Light "
AR PL UMing TW MBE (台灣細明體+台灣方言音符號) Light "
AR PL UMing TW (台灣細明體) Light "
Bandal (반달) Regular Debian ttf-alee
Bangwool (방울) Regular Debian ttf-alee
Bitstream Charter Bold, Bold Italic, Italic, Regular
Bitstream Vera Sans Mono Bold, Bold Oblique, Oblique, Roman Debian ttf-bitstream-vera
Bitstream Vera Sans Bold, Bold Oblique, Oblique, Roman
Bitstream Vera Serif Bold, Roman
Century Schoolbook L Bold, Bold Italic, Italic, Roman
Chandas Regular
Charter Bold, Bold Italic, Italic, Regular Bitstream?
Clean Regular
ClearlyU Alternate Glyphs Regular
ClearlyU PUA Regular
ClearlyU Regular
Courier 10 Pitch Bold, Bold Italic, Italic, Regular
Courier interpreted as Nimbus Mono L Bold, Bold Oblique, Oblique, Regular
DejaVu Sans Bold (Condensed Bold), Bold Oblique (Condensed Bold Oblique), Book (Condensed), ExtraLight, Oblique (Condensed Oblique) debian ttf-dejavu-common (Some variants from debian ttf-dejavu-extra)
DejaVu Sans Condensed Condensed Bold Oblique (Bold Oblique), Condensed Bold (Bold), Condensed Oblique (Oblique), Condensed (Book) debian ttf-dejavu-extra
DejaVu Sans Light ExtraLight debian ttf-dejavu-extra
DejaVu Sans Mono Bold, Bold Oblique, Book, Oblique debian ttf-dejavu-common (Some variants from debian ttf-dejavu-extra)
DejaVu Serif Bold (Condensed Bold), Bold Italic (Condensed Bold Italic), Book (Condensed), Italic debian ttf-dejavu-common (Some variants from debian ttf-dejavu-extra)
DejaVu Serif Condensed Condensed Bold (Bold), Condensed Bold Italic (Bold Italic), Condensed (Book) debian ttf-dejavu-extra
Dingbats Regular
Eunjin (은진) Regular Debian ttf-alee
EunjinNakseo (은진낙서) Regular Debian ttf-alee
Ezra SIL SR Regular [7]
Ezra SIL Regular
Fixed Bold, Bold SemiCondensed, ja, ko, Oblique, Oblique SemiCondensed, Regular, SemiCondensed
fxd Bold, Bold semicondensed, Regular, semicondensed Free Japanese Bitmap fonts
gargi Medium debian ttf-devanagari-fonts
Garuda Bold, BoldOblique, Book, Oblique [8] Freeware
goth_p Bold, Regular
gothic Bold, Regular
Guseul (구슬) Regular Debian ttf-alee
Helvetica interpreted as Nimbus Sans L Bold, Bold Oblique, Oblique, Regular
hlv Bold, Regular
hlvw Regular
Homa Regular debian package fonts-farsiweb
Jamrul Normal
KacstArt KacstArt
KacstBook KacstBook
KacstDecorative KacstDecorative
KacstDigital KacstDigital
KacstFarsi KacstFarsi
KacstOne KacstOne
KacstOneFixed Regular
KacstPoster KacstPoster
KacstQurn KacstQurn
KacstTitle KacstTitle
KacstTitleL KacstTitleL
Kalimati (नालिमाटी) Regular (कालिमाटी)
Kedage Bold, BoldItalic, Normal, NormalItalic
Khmer OS Battambang Regular
Khmer OS Bokor Regular
Khmer OS Content Regular
Khmer OS Fasthand Regular
Khmer OS Freehand Regular
Khmer OS Metal Chrieng Regular
Khmer OS Muol Light Regular
Khmer OS Muol Pali Regular
Khmer OS Muol Regular
Khmer OS Siemreap Regular
Khmer OS System Regular
Khmer OS Regular
Kochi Gothic (東風ゴシック) Regular (標準) debian ttf-kochi-gothic
Kochi Mincho (東風明朝) Regular (標準) debian ttf-kochi-mincho
Liberation Mono Bold, Bold Italic, Italic, Regular
Liberation Sans Bold, Bold Italic, Italic, Regular
Liberation Serif Bold, Bold Italic, Italic, Regular
Likhan Normal
Lohit Bengali Regular
Lohit Kannada Regular
Lohit Oriya Regular
Lohit Telugu Regular
Loma Bold, BoldOblique, Book, Oblique
Lucida Sans, Sans Bold, Sans Bold Italic, Sans Italic
LucidaBright Italic, Regular
LucidaTypewriter Sans, Sans Bold
Mallige BoldItalic, NormalItalic
Manchu Regular (Normal, obyčejné, Standard, Κανονικά, Normaali, Normál, Normale, Standaard, Normalny, Обычный, Normálne, Navadno, Arrunta)
MgOpen Canonica Bold, Bold Italic, Italic, Regular
MgOpen Cosmetica Bold, Bold Oblique, Oblique, Regular
MgOpen Modata Bold, BoldOblique, Oblique, Regular
MgOpen Moderna Bold, BoldOblique, Oblique, Regular
Mitra Mono (মিত্র) Regular
mry_KacstQurn Regular
Nafees (Nafees Web Naskh) Regular
Nakula Regular
Nazli Bold, Regular debian package fonts-farsiweb
New Century Schoolbook Bold, Bold Italic, Italic, Regular
Newspaper Regular
Nimbus Mono L Bold, Bold Oblique, Regular, Regular Oblique
Nimbus Roman No9 L Medium, Medium Italic, Regular, Regular Italic
Nimbus Sans L Bold, Bold Condensed, Bold Condensed Italic, Bold Italic, Regular, Regular Condensed, Regular Condensed Italic, Regular Italic
Norasi Bold, BoldItalic, BoldOblique, Italic, Oblique, Regular
Padauk Bold, Regular
padmaa (padmmaa) Normal (regular, Medium)
padmaa-Bold.1.1 (padmaa, padmmaa) Bold.1.1 (bold, medium)
Phetsarath OT Regular
Pothana2000 Regular (Pothana2000)
Purisa Medium
qub Regular
Rachana_w01 Regular
Rekha Medium
Saab Regular
Sahadeva Regular
Samanata Regular
Sarai Regular
Sawasdee Bold, BoldOblique, Oblique, Regular
Scheherazade Regular
SIL Yi Regular [9] OFL
Standard Symbols L Regular
sys Bold, Regular
Takao Gothic (Takaoゴシック) Regular (標準)
Takao Mincho (Takao明朝) Regular (標準)
TAMu_Kadambri Regular
TAMu_Kalyani Regular
TAMu_Maduram Normal
Terminal Bold, Regular
Tibetan Machine Uni Regular
Times Bold, Bold Italic, Italic, Regular
Titr Bold debian package fonts-farsiweb
Tlwg Typist Bold, BoldOblique, Medium, Oblique
TlwgMono Bold, BoldOblique, Medium, Oblique
TlwgTypewriter Bold, BoldOblique, Medium, Oblique
TSCu_Comic Normal
TSCu_Paranar Bold, Italic, Regular
TSCu_Times Normal
Ubuntu Bold, Italic, Regular, Bold Italic ttf-ubuntu-font-family[10] Ubuntu Font Licence (similar OFL)
Ubuntu Monospace Bold, Italic, Regular, Bold Italic
Ubuntu Light Italic, Regular
Ubuntu Medium Italic, Regular
Ubuntu Condensed Regular
UnBom (은 봄) Bold, Regular
UnGraphic (은 그래픽) Bold, Regular
UnGungseo (은 궁서) Regular
UnJamoBatang (은 자모 바탕) Regular
UnJamoDotum (은 자모 돋움) Regular
UnJamoNovel (은 자모 노벨) Regular
UnJamoSora (은 자모 소라) Regular
UnPen (은 펜) Regular
UnPenheulim (은 펜흘림) Regular
UnPilgi (은 필기) Bold, Regular
UnShinmun (은 신문) Regular
UnTaza (은 타자) Regular
UnYetgul (은 옛글 ) Bold,Regular
URW Bookman L Demi Bold, Demi Bold Italic, Light, Light Italic
URW Chancery L Medium Italic
URW Gothic L Book, Book Oblique, Demi, Demi Oblique
URW Palladio L Bold, Bold Italic, Italic, Roman
Utopia Bold, Bold Italic, Italic, Regular
VL Gothic (VL ゴシック) regular
VL PGothic (VL Pゴシック) regular
Waree Bold, BoldOblique, Book, Oblique
WenQuanYi Bitmap Song (文泉驛點陣宋體) Bold, Regular
WenQuanYi Zen Hei (文泉驛正黑, 文泉驿正黑) Medium (中等)

The font selections "sans" and "serif" are generally good choices, as they do not impose a specific font on the renderer, making the SVG more portable. However, this may cause alignment and positioning issues as the font actually used varies from system to system.

Tip: if you absolutely want to use a font that is installed on your computer but not on the server, you can convert the text to a path. For example, with Inkscape, you can use the command "Path -> Object to path" or "Shift+Ctrl+C" after selecting the text. However, the text is not stored as text any more, so that it is more difficult to modify or copy-paste. Also, for any significant amount of text, the file size can be increased dramatically. {{{1}}}

Installed font packages[edit]

The installed font packages are:

Non-Truetype fonts
  • ghostscript-fonts (from distro)
  • tetex-fonts (from distro)
  • urw-fonts (from distro)
Western TrueType fonts

Bitstream Vera is a basic Latin font gifted to the open source community by Bitstream. DejaVu fonts is an effort by the open source community to extend Unicode coverage so it covers more characters and other alphabets.

CJK TrueType fonts
Indic script TrueType fonts

All of the South Asian fonts are Lohit fonts released by Red Hat maintained by the Fedora Project. (Website & Download)

  • fonts-bengali-1.10-2 (Fedora Core 4)
  • fonts-gujarati-1.10-2 (Fedora Core 4)
  • fonts-hindi-1.10-2 (Fedora Core 4)
  • fonts-punjabi-1.10-2 (Fedora Core 4)
  • fonts-tamil-1.10-2 (Fedora Core 4)

Example rendering[edit]

Rendering of fonts Rendering of generic font families

The generic font families cursive and fantasy are not really supported (as you can see here replaced as sans-serif and Homa font).

Complete list[edit]

Complete list of fonts

Latin (basic) fonts comparison[edit]

MediaWiki SVG font list.svg

Russian Cyrillic fonts comparison[edit]

MediaWiki SVG font list Russian Cyrillic.svg

Japanese fonts comparison[edit]

Japanese fonts comparison

Chinese fonts comparison[edit]

Chinese fonts comparison

Korean fonts comparison[edit]

Korean fonts comparison

See also[edit]