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FONTFORGE(1)		    General Commands Manual		  FONTFORGE(1)

       fontforge - create, modify, and view font files

       fontforge  [-c string]  [-cmap maptype]	[-depth	pixeld]	[-display str]
       [-lang=ff]  [-lang=py]  [-help]	[-keyboard ktype]  [-new]  [-nosplash]
       [-recover mode]	[-script file] [-sync] [-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  For-
       mat  (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	 noth-
       ing to recover, then FontForge will produce an open font	dialogue box.

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

       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 be-
		   fore	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  collec-

       -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 argu-
		   ments in it and have	this process exit.

       -display	display-name
		   Employ the X	display	specified by the  string  display-name
		   (for	example: localhost:0).

       -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 re-
		   quired 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 run-
		   ning	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.  Ex-
		   ecute 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  in-

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

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

       Sample usage:

	      fontforge	myfont.ttf &

	      Specifies	 the  name  of	a browser program for examining	online

	      Specifies	the location of	the autotrace program.	Usually	 Font-
	      Forge 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  http://font-


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

       FontForge used to be called PfaEdit.

       FontForge is Copyright (C) 2000-2014 by George Williams,	 and  is  cur-
       rently	maintained   by	  the	FontForge   development	  team.	   See
       /usr/share/doc/fontforge/AUTHORS	for a comprehensive list of  contribu-

       FontForge  is  licensed	under  GPLv3+:	GNU  GPL  version  3  or later
       ( with many parts covered by a BSD li-
       cense  (   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	 Font-
       Forge 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  li-
       censes,	such  as  the  LGPL and	GPL, which FontForge started to	use in

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

       Some features added since 2012 are licensed by their individual	devel-
       opers under the GPLv3.

       See  the	 FontForge  Github  Issue Tracker, at

				  2017 Jun 18			  FONTFORGE(1)


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