So I want to change the URxvt font which currently seems to be the X.Org Misc Fixed. I have tried adding the following to .Xresources: URxvt.font: xft:Fira Code:style=Retina:size=13, URxvt.font: xft:Fira Code,Fira Code Retina:style=Retina:size=13, and even URxvt.font: fixed:size=13. I have tried many other fonts also. Besides, I have tried the -fn option of urxvt command, but only fixed seems to work. Everything else returns: urxvt: unable to load base fontset, please specify a valid one using -fn, aborting.

Please help. Thank you. PS: I am on i3 and Gentoo. PPS: Output of fc-list | grep Fira https://pastebin.com/mNCfmQLE

  • Can someone tell me how to add a line break while writing a question? – Akshat Vats Jul 29 at 2:58
  • Blank line in the text causes a line break – Michel Jul 29 at 6:43
  • If you run urxvt -h, what does the options: line say? Does it include xft (indicating that you have Xft font support compiled in)? – telcoM Jul 29 at 6:43
  • options: perl,styles,combining,encodings=eu+vn+jp+jp-ext+kr+zh+zh-ext,transparent,tint,XIM,frills,selectionscrolling,wheel,slipwheel,cursorBlink,pointerBlank,scrollbars=plain+rxvt+NeXT+xterm – Akshat Vats Jul 30 at 2:48
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    @Michel Can you change your answer to include the above so I can mark it accepted? – Akshat Vats Aug 4 at 14:16

First, check to see if your urxvt includes Xft support by running urxvt -h, the options: line should include the string xft (thanks to the comment by telcoM for the suggestion).

If it doesn't, re-install it with xft added to your USE flags.

Then, add the following to your ~/.Xresources:

urxvt*font: xft:Fira Code Retina:size=13
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