Some basic details:

archlinux 3.9.3-1
xmonad 0.11
urxvt 9.18

I can get urxvt to load my desired font manually using:

urxvt -fn "xft:Ubuntu Mono"

However, I'm unable to get this font to load through ~/.Xdefaults - Here's what I have at the moment:

Xft*dpi: 96
Xft*antialias: true
Xft*rgba: rgb
Xft*hinting: true
Xft*hintstyle: hintslight

URxvt*transparent: true
URxvt*shading: 40
URxvt*saveLines: 12000
URxvt*foreground: White
URxvt*background: Black
URxvt*scrollBar: false
Urxvt*font: xft:Ubuntu Mono
Urxvt*boldFont: xft:Ubuntu Mono

All other urxvt settings load fine, except the font. I've tried many different combinations like: xft:Ubuntu Mono:pixelsize=14:style=regular etc, but nothing seems to work.

I've tried xrdb -merge ~/.Xdefaults, xrdb -load ~/.Xdefaults, and restarting X entirely. I've also tried these settings in ~/.Xresources, however urxvt seems to ignore those settings entirely. What am I missing?

1 Answer 1


Use URxvt instead of Urxvt. It's case sensitive.

URxvt*font: xft:Ubuntu Mono
URxvt*boldFont: xft:Ubuntu Mono
  • 1
    Jee wizz.. I feel silly. Thanks, thats exactly what is was.
    – archmike
    Commented May 25, 2013 at 20:21

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