I want to use a specific console font (/usr/share/consolefonts/Uni3-Fixed16.psf.gz) in a X11 terminal emulator (for example Terminator or gnome-terminal).

  • I've stumbled over similar questions, but nothing about PSF, just PCF. How can I install a PSF font, or convert it to something that can be used?
  • If this does not work for whatever reason, is there a font that comes close to the font mentioned? I've tried out many and this is the best I've found.
  • Of course I have also scanned with Google, finding some good compilations. For me Unifont looks closest.

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I am not familiar with the PSF font format, but google revealed [1] which seems to imply it is a bitmapped font format (pixel based).

Using the tools from [1], convert to a .FON and then follow along in answers of [2] to create a .ttf

However, it might be easier to look into other options. If you are looking for tiny, fixed width console fonts you should check out the proggy fonts [3]

1: http://www.seasip.info/Unix/PSF/index.html

2: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3750124/how-to-convert-a-bitmap-font-fon-into-a-truetype-font-ttf

3: http://www.proggyfonts.net/download/

  • Actually the proggy fonts are pretty nice!
    – hochl
    Oct 1, 2014 at 22:33

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