I need a to set a font larger than 32x16 for my framebuffer console. As far as i know 32 is the maximum you can do.

Is there a workaround? I'm fine with starting an alternate framebuffer terminal (but which one?). I can't run X and i can't lower the resolution of my display.

My /etc/default/console-setup looks like this:


Something like 40xSomething would be the sweet spot.

1 Answer 1


A bit late, but fbterm can do it fbterm -s 40

  • sudo apt install fbterm on Debian (RaspberryPi)
    – cstroe
    Commented Oct 6, 2022 at 2:12
  • Lifesaver. If your console font is too small so as to be unreadable in the frame buffer, this is what you’re looking for.
    – xxx
    Commented Dec 7, 2022 at 3:30
  • This command kind of works on Debian 12, however, on laptops with two built-in screens like Zenbook duo it creates garbled experience. Perhaps fb is not able to calculate rows properly.
    – piotao
    Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 12:36

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