I want to do some program that can help me to check scientific formulars via terminal. It is possible or not if i want to show mathematical symbols (e.g. integral, diff Greek's Alphabets) on Linux's terminal. And if not what is the best way to represent the mathematical symbols when you working on terminal?


To display most mathematical symbols in your terminal you need a terminal that supports Unicode and and you need a font with the glyphs for those mathematical symbols. You need this in order to interpret and display the characters correctly.

Ucs-fonts is an interesting font project that tries to cover a large range of character sets. It is an extension of the standard -misc-fixed-* font that is found on most Linux systems, and it is a bitmap font you can use in both X terminal emulators and in TTYs for displaying mathematical symbols or other things.

Here's an example:

awesome, right?

You can use xfontsel or similar tool to inspect bitmap fonts installed in your system. The ucs-font is identical to the -misc-fixed-* font, but has the encoding ISO10646-1 in the last field.


Yes, as long as you have a Unicode compliant terminal (for example, urxvt), and a font with the desired glyphs. There is a fairly extensive list of glyphs you might desire on Wikipedia.

  • How about square root(with a long equation)? Can?
    – fronthem
    Oct 18 '13 at 10:02
  • @terces907 Yes, Unicode contains the glyphs to do that.
    – Chris Down
    Oct 20 '13 at 9:48

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