This question is related to Unable to configure font in XTerm, however, I have not been able to get it to work.

I want to be able to have the Huge font enabled by default for me when I start xterm.

I have the following in my .Xresources:

XTerm*renderFont: true
XTerm*faceName: MiscFixed:style=Huge
XTerm*faceSize: 10
XTerm*faceLabel: Huge

followed by xrdb -merge .Xresources but the Huge VT Option does not get invoked and I am still at the Default setting.

This does not do anything to get the xterm have "Huge" fonts. I also tried a bunch of things such as XTerm*VTFonts: Huge but to no avail. How do I go about doing this?

  • xterm won't handle MiscFixed:style=Huge; it expects a family name with an optional size (whether fontconfig does is a different matter). There's no faceLabel resource, either. Sep 13, 2021 at 19:01
  • The question may be about this font. Sep 13, 2021 at 22:30

1 Answer 1


If you want the huge font when running xterm interactively, you can use an alias. I like the fonts selected from the FreeType library, -fa default and to control the size with -fs <size> for example

xterm -fa default -fs 16

and make an alias with it

alias xterm='xterm -fa default -fs 16'

If you like it, you can edit your configuration file for the shell, for bash ~/.bashrc, and add the alias near the other aliases and save the file. Also for bash, run

source ~/.bashrc

to activate it in the current window or screen. Whenever you start a new shell, the alias will be available, type


and you get the font and size defined by the alias.

Update by OP:

The above is a great solution, and what I used to do in the past. However, following the above, I was able to go back and look at the manual. I searched -fs there and got the idea to the following Setting:

XTerm*renderFont: true
XTerm*faceName: MiscFixed
XTerm*faceSize: 16

in my .Xresources does the needful and is an alternative way, that is more in line with what I was looking for as an answer to my question.

  • Thanks to @sudodus, I have found my answer and edited the above answer. I intend accepting it once it is approved. Thanks again! Sep 14, 2021 at 5:02
  • You are welcome @user3236841 :-) I'm glad that I could help you a bit on the way to find a good solution.
    – sudodus
    Sep 15, 2021 at 10:46

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