Version2(as of 8/5/2019)
PlatformsWindows, Mac, Linux
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Main Features

  • Supports popular font formats, such as TrueType, Bitmap, and PostScript fonts
  • Localized into 13 different languages, including English, Russian, and Spanish
  • Provides tools to customize glyphs
  • Allows glyphs to be imported from other vector editors such as Illustrator

Software Overview

Screenshot of FontForge 2
Screenshot of FontForge 2

FontForge is a free application used to create, edit, and convert a variety of font formats. The editor is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux.

FontForge uses a proprietary font database format called “Spline Font Database” to document and edit fonts. The editor supports popular font formats such as OpenType, TrueType, Bitmap, PostScript, FNT, SVG, and Web Open Font Format. FontForge also provides a UI that is available in 13 different languages, including English, Spanish, Japanese, French, Russian, German, and Italian.

FontForge provides tools that enable you to customize glyphs, whether you want to create a glyph outline using spiro points or build an accented glyph. The editor allows text kerning, which means that you can customize the vertical and horizontal spacing between glyphs. You can also import glyphs from vector editors such as Inkscape or Illustrator.

FontForge is a useful application for customizing font. It supports a variety of font formats, provides language support for 13 different languages, and gives you helpful tools to customize font. FontForge is a solid choice for creating, editing, and converting font formats.

Primary File Type

sfd icon.SFDSpline Font Database File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.SFDSpline Font Database File
.BDFGlyph Bitmap Distribution Format
.DFONTMac OS X Data Fork Font
.FNTWindows Font File
.OTFOpenType Font
.PFAPrinter Font ASCII File
.PFBPrinter Font Binary File
.TTCTrueType Font Collection
.TTFTrueType Font
.UFOUnified Font Object File
.WOFFWeb Open Font Format File
Updated 8/5/2019