Alan Wood’s Unicode Resources

Unicode fonts for Unix and Linux computers


The following list of Unicode fonts is not intended to be comprehensive; it is just the ones that I have found while learning about Unicode from the Web. I do not have any experience with Unix or Linux, so please do not ask me for help using these fonts or implementing Unicode.

You need Unicode fonts to display many of the characters for which there are HTML 4.0 character entity references, and to display the Unicode test pages. Not all of the characters in a given range will always be present in a font, and many fonts contain a few characters from ranges that are not listed.

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Unix Unicode Fonts

  • Arabic Newspaper – over 600 glyphs
    This is a BDF font, 24 point, 100 dpi, produced by the Computing Research Labs, New Mexico State University
    Unicode ranges:   Arabic
    Availability:   Free download from An Arabic font for Unicode

  • Caslon – 3551 glyphs in Roman
    Produced by George Williams.
    Unicode ranges:   Basic Latin; Latin-1 Supplement; Latin Extended-A; Latin Extended-B; IPA Extensions; Spacing Modifier Letters; Combining Diacritical Marks; Greek; Cyrillic; Armenian; Hebrew; Thai; Ogham; Runic; Latin Extended Additional; Greek Extended; General Punctuation; Superscripts and Subscripts; Currency Symbols; Combining Diacritical Marks for Symbols; Letterlike Symbols; Number Forms; Arrows; Mathematical Operators; Miscellaneous Technical; Control Pictures; Enclosed Alphanumerics; Box Drawing; Block Elements; Geometric Shapes; Miscellaneous Symbols; Hiragana; Katakana; Alphabetic Presentation Forms; Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
    Availability:   Free download from My Unicode fonts

  • ClearlyU – 9538 glyphs in version 1.9
    This is a set of BDF fonts, 12 point, 100 dpi, produced by the Computing Research Labs, New Mexico State University
    Unicode ranges:   Basic Latin; Latin-1 Supplement; Latin Extended-B; IPA Extensions; Spacing Modifier Letters; Combining Diacritical Marks; Greek; Cyrillic; Armenian; Hebrew; Thaana; Devanagari; Thai; Lao; Georgian; Ethiopic; Cherokee; Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics; Ogham; Runic; Letterlike Symbols; Number Forms; Arrows; Control Pictures; Geometric Shapes; Braille Patterns
    Availability:   Free download from The ClearlyU BDF Font

  • ClearlyU Arabic
    This is a BDF font, 12 point, 100dpi, extracted from ClearlyU fonts, produced by the Computing Research Labs, New Mexico State University
    Unicode ranges:   Arabic
    Availability:   Free download from Mark Leisher’s Download Page

  • ClearlyU Devanagari
    This is a BDF font, 12 point, 100dpi, extracted from ClearlyU fonts, produced by the Computing Research Labs, New Mexico State University
    Unicode ranges:   Devanagari
    Availability:   Free download from Mark Leisher’s Download Page

  • Sibal Devanagari – around 200 glyphs
    This is a BDF font, 18 point, 75 dpi, produced by the Computing Research Labs, New Mexico State University
    Unicode ranges:   Devanagari
    Availability:   Free download from A Devanagari font for Unicode

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