I found several answers already but all of them are focused on changing size for good, i.e. at Lilo/Grub level. I don't want this though.

So, key issues:

  1. changing size on-fly, I would like to increase size, and 5 minutes later, decrease it back

  2. it is question about text console, not terminal running in X11

openSUSE 11.4 if this matters. Thank you in advance.

I am only interested in size of the font, not in typeface of it.

2 Answers 2


You can use

setfont /usr/share/kbd/consolefonts/$font

to change the font in the console, and then to revert back, just


Once you determine where Suse keeps these fonts, with

locate consolefonts

pick a larger one to set and away you go...

There is more detail here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fonts#Console_fonts

  • Thank you very much, great reading! openSUSE has the same location for fonts, so there was no problem. Apr 27, 2011 at 19:42

You can also press Shift and the number pad + sign it'll show three mode of window size and you can get the larger font on third attempt.

  • 1
    That works for console? I doubt it, but for a terminal emulator it would work.
    – daisy
    Oct 19, 2012 at 7:41

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