Slant is a new Q&A site that makes it easy to choose what to use.
Get recommendations
Ask a Question and our community will recommend the best Options that meet your actual needs.
Choose the best
Slant crowdsources research to save hours of work. All the information you need to choose is now in one place.
Join the Community
Slant works like a wiki anyone can edit. Help people find the right Option for them by sharing your knowledge.

As much as choice of a font is subjective there are important criteria to consider when choosing a programming font. The characters should be clear, easy to read, in cases of clashing ones such as 1, l, i or O, o, 0 easily distinguishable, differences between different kinds of brackets, quotes and parentheses should be clear, punctuation should be emphasized and they shouldn't break up words or sentences due to uneven character widths.

There are two ways fonts are drawn - as bitmaps or as vectors. Vector fonts allow more efficient scaling, but for screens with resolution below 720p it might be worth considering bitmap fonts as they are generally more legible at smaller sizes on low-resolution screens.


openWhy do you recommend Source Code Pro?

openWhy don't you recommend Source Code Pro?

An open source programming font released by Adobe, made with the intent of maximizing usability and avoiding common design flaws in monospaced fonts.

Easy on eyes

Characters are easily readable. They have consistent widths across all weights as to not break up words, commonly used programming symbols such as va...

Legible on all displays

The characters have been made to be easily discernible and usable regardless of font size, weight and display.

Can be somewhat odd for hex numbers with certain styles

With certain font-size and font-weight combinations (12pt and regular as an example) capital letters are bigger than integer digits making hex numbe...


openWhy do you recommend Consolas?

openWhy don't you recommend Consolas?

Includes a large number of unicode ranges

Consolas supports 30+ unicode ranges including Greek, Cyrillic and Thai for a total of 2735 glyphs.

Available for Windows and OS X

The font is available on machines running Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as well as part of Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft...

Font size can't be changed gradually

Letter height is the same for 9 and 10, for 11 and 12 pt. When switching from 10 to 11 pt, letter height changes abruptly (line height changes gradua...

openWhy do you recommend Ubuntu Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Ubuntu Mono?

Excellent readability

Line thickness, shape, and spacing help recognize characters and words correctly the first time through without eyes having to skip back and re-read.

Easily distinguishable characters

Dotted zeros to distinguish from capital O and lower case letter l is very different from the number one.

Lowercase 'm' is weird and stands out

The lowercase 'm' in Ubuntu Mono really stands out because of its unusual shape, which disrupts attention when reading.


openWhy do you recommend Inconsolata-g?

openWhy don't you recommend Inconsolata-g?

Free and open source

Released under the Open Font License of SIL

Fixes clashing character similarity of inconsolata

Inconsolata-g is a variant of the popular Inconsolata that fixes the similarity between"1" [one] and the "l" [lower-case ell].

Renders lines as dashes in TUI interfaces

Lines in things like midnight commander, the treeview in htop, tmux panes, the tree command, et al, have ugly dashed lines instead of straight lines...


openWhy do you recommend Monaco?

openWhy don't you recommend Monaco?

Easy on eyes

Monaco's rendering is similar to that of Consolas but slightly more playful. Each character seems to be a tiny bit larger when compared to Conso...

Good differentiation between clashing characters

The curly braces are easily distinguishable from parentheses, 0 from O, 1 from l, etc.

Only comes with Mac OS X

install Monaco on other platforms.Link :

openWhy do you recommend DejaVu Sans Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend DejaVu Sans Mono?

This nice open source font family is derived from the Bitstream Vera family, itself close to the Microsoft core Web fonts (see Andale Mono).

Excellent unicode support

DejaVu Sans Mono has one of the most complete Unicode fonts available. This means you have access to a wide range of special symbols including mathem...

Nice uniform spacing

The font is well spaced as to not break up words.

Missing some Vietnamese characters

ấ, ề, ự, etc are missing.

openWhy do you recommend Menlo?

openWhy don't you recommend Menlo?

Menlo is a monospaced sans-serif typeface designed by Jim Lyles. The face first shipped with OS X Snow Leopard. Menlo is based upon the Open Source font Bitstream Vera and the public domain font Deja Vu.

menlo sample enter image description here

Easy on eyes

Characters are easily readable. They have consistent widths across all weights as to not break up words, commonly used programming symbols such as va...

Doesn't work at size 10

Menlo displays as expected for size 11 and bigger, but doesn't seem to work very well at size 10. I've noticed the following problems: Z...


openWhy do you recommend Anonymous Pro?

openWhy don't you recommend Anonymous Pro?

Anonymous Pro (2009) is a family of four fixed-width fonts designed especially with coding in mind.

The best rendering character for DIGIT ONE


Easily legible at small sizes as a bitmap font

Exaggerated italics

The italicised version of the font is too slanted, meaning that italicised comments in code look really unbalanced.

openWhy do you recommend Envy Code R?

openWhy don't you recommend Envy Code R?

Easy on eyes

Quite narrow (like Anonymous Pro) but squarish, the letters are easy to read and offer a pleasing reading experience.

Easily distinguishable clashing characters

This font offers very distinct programming characters like {} vs. () and the classically confusing 0O and 1lI.

Lower Case "w"

The lower case "w" is a bit distinct and distracting, due to the narrow nature of the font. Could cause a distraction.


openWhy do you recommend Droid Sans Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Droid Sans Mono?

Looks neat

Looks beautiful. Only disadvantage is no Italic or bold

Zero is not slashed or dotted

openWhy do you recommend Pragmata Pro?

openWhy don't you recommend Pragmata Pro?

Very clear and legible

The font has been hand-hinted with legibility in mind.

Narrow width saves a lot of space compared

The compact design of the fonts allows effective editing in 2-3 windows side-to-side, even on a laptop screen.

Can be expensive

The most basic version is less than $3 USD but the cost jumps to $20 for bold and can get as high as $225.


openWhy do you recommend Liberation Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Liberation Mono?

Liberation Mono is styled closer to Liberation Sans than Monotype's Courier New, though its metrics match with Courier New. The Liberation fonts are intended as free, open-source replacements of the aforementioned closed source fonts.

enter image description here

Compact line height

Just like Courier New, metrics of which this font emulates, its line height isn't too big, which results in more lines on the screen, compared to...

Has Bold typeface

No cons added yet


openWhy do you recommend Monofur?

openWhy don't you recommend Monofur?


(Click the image for a bigger image and here for a massive image)


Letterforms are highly distinct

It's simple, beautiful, stylish

Only two families represented

Has a regular and italic typeface, but no bold or bold+italic. Syntax-capable editors can can display code based on function/class/context/markup wo...


openWhy do you recommend Terminus?

openWhy don't you recommend Terminus?

(Click the image for a bigger image and here for a massive image)

Note: The small size of this font makes it hard to compare at 11pt, please leave a comment if you think I should up the size for the screenshots.

Better rendering in code editor: And in the console/terminal:

The images are actually PNG files, although the url says jpg.


Terminus is the closest thing to 6x13 fixed that comes pre-packaged on modern Linux distributions. Remember to turn off aliasing. Bitmap fonts ftw.

Terminus is not going fat

In my system there is just one font which is not fatty when it's relatively big. And now it works with IDEA. Terminus is just awesome font.


Italicized Terminus TTF doesn't appear as aesthetically pleasing as it was intended.

openWhy do you recommend Meslo LG?

openWhy don't you recommend Meslo LG?

Meslo LG is a customized version of Apple’s Menlo-Regular font. Screenshots are from the M variant.

(Click the image for a bigger image and here for a massive image)


Patched Powerline version exists

A patched version with additional glyphs for Vim Powerline is easily downloadable

Great line spacing and very easy for eyes

As great as Menlo ..But the line spacing makes it even powerful .Amazing how it looks with line spacing .Especially very clear on eyes for reading co...

No cons added yet


openWhy do you recommend M+ 1m?

openWhy don't you recommend M+ 1m?

M+ M emphasize the balance of natural letterform and high legibility. while M+ MN is aimed at a new distinctive design for a terminal font specialized to programming.

The M+ fonts actually have two different monospace forms in five weights each and both are very nice for programming. One of the major advantages for both is that the light and thin weights do a good job of compensating for OS X's overly-heavy rendering of light text on dark backgrounds.

M+ 1m (Click the image for a bigger image and here for a massive image)

High legibility

M+ M Type-1 (1M): created to emphasize the balance of natural letterform and high legibility.

Permissive free software licence

LicenceThese fonts are free software. Unlimited permission is granted to use, copy, and distribute them, with or without modification, either commerc...

Certain pseudographic characters take two spaces

In this font, some pseudographic characters take two spaces instead of one.

openWhy do you recommend Andale Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Andale Mono?

Was offered by Microsoft as their core Web fonts, and freely redistributable, MS no longer offers it free on their site. However, the original license allowed free redistribution, so other places make them available.

(Click the image for a bigger image and here for a massive image)

This fixed-width font is very nicely designed, and took care of distinguishing some easily confused characters like 0O or 1lI. Unlike Source Code Pro, the boldface font is not too heavy nor is the italic font too spindly.

Excellent legibility.

Easy to distinguish 0 from O, a from o, and I from l from 1.

Good font variants

Boldface variant is not too heavy; italic face is not too spindly. (Contrast with Source Code Pro, which is very similar in the regular font face.)

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Proggy Clean?

openWhy don't you recommend Proggy Clean?

(Click the image for a bigger image and here for a massive image)


Hipster among hipsters

Even hipster will marvel at this font, praising you are the new hipster lord. It is best suited at around 19px (tested on mac). Overall, better reada...


This is, of course, intentional; but can be hard to look at compared to other smooth monospace fonts.

openWhy do you recommend Input?

openWhy don't you recommend Input?

Input is a flexible system of fonts designed specifically for code by David Jonathan Ross. It offers both monospaced and proportional fonts, all with a large range of widths, weights, and styles for richer code formatting.

Highly configurable

Can be configured online with preview: width, weight, line height, alternate letterforms.

Available in Mono, Sans and Serif

There are a couple advantages of using a proportionally spaced font in code: comfort of reading, ease of spotting typos, better differentiates betwe...

Hard to distinguish 8 from B at low sizes

Often impacts designers working with hexadecimal numbers. Many fonts address this by either changing the x-height for numerals, making 8 more hourgla...

openWhy do you recommend Lucida Console?

openWhy don't you recommend Lucida Console?

Mono-Space - Curlies, square brackets, comas, and periods are distinguishable even at 8 pt font, and comes with every windows box.

One of the original monospaced fonts available for X11R6.

(Click the image for a bigger image and here for a massive image)


No pros added yet

Zero is not slashed or dotted

openWhy do you recommend Dina?

openWhy don't you recommend Dina?

Dina is a monospace bitmap font, primarily aimed at programmers. It is relatively compact to allow a lot of code on screen, while (hopefully) clear enough to remain readable even at high resolutions.

In designing a programming font the following guidelines were followed:

  • Needs to be monospaced
  • It has to be easy to see the difference between i, l, 1, I
  • It has to be easy to see the difference between o, O, 0
  • The symbols used in programming languages have to look 'right'
  • Braces should line up nicely
  • Still has to be pleasant to read passages of text

enter image description here

Download link:

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend PT Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend PT Mono?

(Click the image for a bigger image and here for a massive image)


No pros added yet

No cons added yet


openWhy do you recommend GohuFont?

openWhy don't you recommend GohuFont?

Gohu Gohufont is a monospace bitmap font well suited for programming and terminal use.

It is intended to be very legible and offers very discernable glyphs for all characters, including signs and symbols. Here is what it looks like

(Click the image for a bigger image and here for a massive image)


Unique glyphs

Easy to distinguish characters at small sizes.

Bitmap only

Certain cairo powered apps fail to render them (e.g. sublime text on certain Linux distros).

openWhy do you recommend 6x13 fixed?

openWhy don't you recommend 6x13 fixed?

6x13 fixed 6x13 code

6x13 is the classic fixed monospace bitmap font that is expected to be available on every X server. It is part of the misc-fixed family. These fonts were handcrafted for readability in a terminal.

Why bitmap fonts? At a small text size each character has a limited resolution. A character size of 6x13 pixels means only 78 pixels per character. Modern fonts are designed to be scalable, and are less legible at these small sizes. Using bitmap fonts increases legibility by eliminating scaling and sub-pixel aliasing artifacts. Some scalable fonts include "ppems" embedded bitmaps for this reason.

With a fixed 6x13 font, the number of characters in a terminal is easy to compute. Every character is 6x13 pixels, so a 1440x900 pixel display will render 240x69 characters. 6x13 is semi-condensed, meaning the characters are slightly thinner than usual so that more can be printed on a line.

The disadvantage of misc-fixed fonts is that they don't scale, which can cause problems with displays that vary wildly from traditional pixel density. Although 6x13 is the traditional fixed font, there are numerous other sizes ranging from 5x7 to 10x20.

Fixed typeface article on Wikipedia

How to enable fixed fonts in Ubuntu


The apex of bitmap fonts. Great proportions for quantity of text onscreen and readability. Nice, defined character set. Aesthetically pleasing for a...

No cons added yet


openWhy do you recommend TheSans Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend TheSans Mono?

enter image description here

TheSans Monospace has been derived from TheSans, the sans serif part of Luc(as)'s Thesis family. This new variation started as a kind turn to Thomas Merz, probably the most expertised PostScript programmer in the world. In his book "The PostScript and PDF Bible" TheMono is being used for all PostScript code. The idea is simple, give all characters equal widths. However, it turned out to be a very interesting and time consuming job. It took another 9 months to grow to its final state.

The MonoSpace appears to function very well for correspondence. A written letter in ThesisMono immediately has a personal communicative touch, and doesn't look like a detouched "print type".

A considerable amount of time has been invested in achieving an optimal screen display. For often used sizes (9, 10, 11, 12 and 14 point) the bitmaps have been hand-pixeled. (These work on mac only.) Because of extensive hand editing of hint-instructions, TheSans Mono is optimally readable in other sizes as well as on PCs with Adobe Type Manager. A delta hinted TrueType package for the office environment is on its way.

No pros added yet

No cons added yet


openWhy do you recommend Hack?

openWhy don't you recommend Hack?

Based on the tried and tested Bitstream Vera Sans Mono

The fonts are in the Vera Sans Mono lineage with a significant expansion of the character set (includes Cyrillic and modern Greek character sets), n...

Libre webfonts are available in svg, eot, ttf, woff, and woff2 formats

Free for unlimited commercial and non-commercial use. The webfonts are hinted (TrueType instruction set) to optimize display on the screen and are b...

Sometimes difficult to distinguish lowercase i and lowercase l

When using a higher resolution monitor and a smaller font size the lowercase I and lowercase l end up becoming very difficult to distinguish. The sp...

openWhy do you recommend Linux Libertine Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Linux Libertine Mono?

No pros added yet

Zero is not slashed or dotted

openWhy do you recommend Segoe UI Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Segoe UI Mono?

(Click the image for a bigger image and here for a massive image)

Comes with Windows. Need some magic to make it work with Mac (need to have Office installed, otherwise must use @font-face) - see this StackOverflow for more.

Very readable

This is a very readable font.

The zero is not slashed

The zero is not slashed, which causes some problems when scanning source code. This is not an issue when the IDE supports colouring (like all major m...

openWhy do you recommend Latin Modern Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Latin Modern Mono?

A set of free fonts based on Computer Modern, the default font for TeX. One of the main extensions is the addition of an extensive set of diacritical characters, covering many scripts based on the Latin character set, mainly european.

Latin Modern Mono

Latin Modern Mono Sample

Available as Type 1 PostScript or OpenType, you can get them from the official Ubuntu repositories as lmodern.

There are also small-caps, condensed, and proportional variants.

Download from FontSquirrel

No pros added yet

Zero is not slashed or dotted


openWhy do you recommend Espresso Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Espresso Mono?

Espresso Mono is included in the Espresso text editor by MacRabbit. The metadata indicates it was designed by the DejaVu fonts team. Characters Code

No pros added yet


openWhy do you recommend Code New Roman?

openWhy don't you recommend Code New Roman?

Looks clean and beautiful

Looks like a mix of Monaco and Consolas but looks very great on retina monitors..


English, Sinhala

No cons added yet


openWhy do you recommend Nanum Gothic Coding?

openWhy don't you recommend Nanum Gothic Coding?

small sample enter image description here

I have no idea how this font appeared on my computer but it is beautiful.

You can get it from Developer Site of Korean Search Engine(Naver) by clicking the link in the right side bar.

Anyone else trying to replicate the style of the images, I pastebined the text here and here. Hopefully there are no typos.


Korean, Japanese, English

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend  Anka/Coder?

openWhy don't you recommend  Anka/Coder?

The Anka/Coder family is a monospaced, courier-width (60% of height; em size 2048x1229) font that contains characters from 437, 866, 1251, 1252 and some other code pages and can be used for source code, terminal windows etc. Anka/Coder - PHP code There are 3 font sets (regular. italic, bold, bold-italic each): 1. Anka/Coder (em size 2048x1229) 2. Anka/Coder Condensed (condensed by 12.5%; em size 2048x1075) 3. Anka/Coder Narrow (condensed by 25%; em size 2048x922)

The last, "Anka/Coder Narrow" was developed for printing of source code; it is too tight for screen resolution. The middle, "Anka/Coder Condensed" can be used for both printing and screen viewing of source code, also as for displaying terminal windows. The first, full-width "Anka/Coder" simply supplements the family.

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend ProFont?

openWhy don't you recommend ProFont?

ProFont is a small bitmap font which is absolutely great for programming. It was made for Macintosh computers, but now it's also available for Windows and Linux/UNIX X Windows.

screenshot screenshot screenshot

Looks good anti-aliased

Very legible at small sized

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Panic Sans?

openWhy don't you recommend Panic Sans?

Panic, Inc. which makes Coda, distributes Panic Sans.

Panic Sans

Clearly distinguishes clashing characters

It has added uniqueness for easily confusing characters like 0 and O, l and 1.

Great line spacing and italics

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Print Char 21?

openWhy don't you recommend Print Char 21?

The Ultimate Apple II Font

Download the world's most complete Apple II text font, in TrueType format. Works on Mac OS X, Windows, or any operating system that supports TrueType.

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Cruft?

openWhy don't you recommend Cruft?

Cruft is a variable-width font designed for programming. It was designed to ensure all characters are easily distinguishable and all punctuation is prominent enough to not be overlooked, while still being easier on the eyes than fixed-width fonts.

Sample of Cruft

Download Cruft and sister fonts

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Fira Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Fira Mono?

Author: Erik Spiekermann

Extremely readable

You can look at the code for hours and hours. The height between lines and the spacing is perfect. My eyes wont strain any more.. Perfect for writing...

Looks great and Easy on eyes

Almost looks like Source Code pro and works great with Intelli J where Source Code Pro renders all junk on one of the primary IDE. Very good for peop...

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Fantasque Sans Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Fantasque Sans Mono?

A programming font, designed with functionality in mind, and with some wibbly-wobbly handwriting-like fuzziness that makes it unassumingly cool.

Open source

OS X, Linux, Windows support (otf, ttf)

Lowercase k is ugly

The lowercase k seems like a strange 'r' since it has a line that extends to the top of the capital letters.

openWhy do you recommend Raize?

openWhy don't you recommend Raize?

The Raize Font is a clean, crisp, fixed-pitched sans serif screen font that is much easier to read than the fixed pitched fonts that come with Windows. Ideally suited for programming, scripting, html writing, etc., the Raize Font can be used in any IDE or text editor.

No pros added yet

No cons added yet


openWhy do you recommend Creep?

openWhy don't you recommend Creep?

Creep is a very small (4x9px) pixel font that's great for smaller sceens. It has a crisp appearance and emphasises on readability as well as beauty.

All similar characters are easily distinguishable.

It has pretty good symbol support for programming languages by providing clean versions of language symbols such as ->. This works especially well for 'mathematical' languages such as Haskell:

Very small

This font is nice and small - ideal for small screens.

Specifically designed for programming

Really small

this font is so small it might be hard to read

openWhy do you recommend Courier?

openWhy don't you recommend Courier?

Courier is a monospaced slab serif typeface designed to resemble the output from a strike-on typewriter. The typeface was designed by Howard "Bud" Kettler in 1955, and it was later redrawn by Adrian Frutiger for the IBM Selectric Composer series of electric typewriters.

Comes pre-installed on almost any operating system

Simple yet effective

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Courier New?

openWhy don't you recommend Courier New?

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Camingo Code?

openWhy don't you recommend Camingo Code?

Easy on eyes and very legible font

Very good proportion between the width and height.

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend UW ttyp0?

openWhy don't you recommend UW ttyp0?

UW ttyp0 is a family of monospaced bdf (X11 bitmap) fonts.


  • Clean, easily distinguishable characters; typographically informed.
  • Large x-height for better legibility, narrow letters for better readability.
  • Sizes from 6x11 to 11x22 px.
  • Regular and bold for all sizes, (somewhat experimental) italics for some.
  • About 3000 Unicode characters: Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Armenian, Georgian, Hebrew, Thai, most of IPA, standard punctuation, common symbols, some mathematics, line graphics, a few dingbats.
  • Configurable: Stylistic variants for many characters can be selected at installation time, e.g., plain, dotted or slashed zero, straight or curly quotes, centered or raised tilde and asterisk, visible or invisible NBSP, etc.
  • Open source.

If the image above is scaled down, click it for an unscaled version.

Click here for a program code sample.

Download Link:

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Triskweline?

openWhy don't you recommend Triskweline?

Triskweline is a fixed-width font especially suited for text editors and programming environments. It was designed for maximum legibility and tidiness and supports all important symbols and Latin-1 characters.

enter image description here

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Input Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Input Mono?

Multiform monospace font.


Many letterforms are available, the width and lineheight is changeable, and there are non-monospaced sans and sans-serif forms available.

Large punctuation

The punctuation symbols are larger than in other traditional fonts

No cons added yet


openWhy do you recommend VGA Font?

openWhy don't you recommend VGA Font?

This guy made the original VGA font with Unicode support.

Personally I converted it to TrueType and use it on Visual Studio with the classic blue background like old Turbo Pascal.

My programming environment

VGA Font

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Office Code Pro?

openWhy don't you recommend Office Code Pro?

Custom version of the Source Code Pro type family by Nathan Rutzky.

Modern and highly legible

The customizations were made specifically for text editors and coding environments, but are still very usable in other applications.

Looks great

Some times it even works better than Source code pro for Reading and Writing..

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Hermit?

openWhy don't you recommend Hermit?

a font for programmers, by a programmer

Looks good

clear and legible

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Cousine?

openWhy don't you recommend Cousine?

Default programming font on Chrome OS; Liberation Mono derivative

Excellent leigibility

Renders nicely even on Windows

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Envy Code B?

openWhy don't you recommend Envy Code B?

Envy Code B

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend FreshBold?

openWhy don't you recommend FreshBold?

The full screenshot.

FreshBold font has been created especially for assembly programming, where it is very important to have high legibility of the source, combined with maximal possible density of the source lines.

The FreshBold is inspired by FixedSys font, but has even higher density with better readability. FreshBold is very readable and will not cause eye weariness even after many hours of work.

The project page of the font

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend GNU Unifont?

openWhy don't you recommend GNU Unifont?

Unifont is a Unicode font with a glyph for every visible Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane code point and more, with supporting utilities to modify the font. The Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane covers the first 65,536 (or 2^16) Unicode code points.

Get it from unifoundry here. The GNU Unifont project homepage also has download links and information.

Unicode support

This font covers the entire BMP and work is still being done to expand it beyond.

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Roboto Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Roboto Mono?

Roboto Mono is a monospaced addition to the Roboto type family. Like the other members of the Roboto family, the fonts are optimized for readability on screens across a wide variety of devices and reading environments. While the monospaced version is related to its variable width cousin, it doesn’t hesitate to change forms to better fit the constraints of a monospaced environment. For example, narrow glyphs like ‘I’, ‘l’ and ‘i’ have added serifs for more even texture while wider glyphs are adjusted for weight. Curved caps like ‘C’ and ‘O’ take on the straighter sides from Roboto Condensed.

Special consideration is given to glyphs important for reading and writing software source code. Letters with similar shapes are easy to tell apart. Digit ‘1’, lowercase ‘l’ and capital ‘I’ are easily differentiated as are zero and the letter ‘O’. Punctuation important for code has also been considered. For example, the curly braces ‘{ }’ have exaggerated points to clearly differentiate them from parenthesis ‘( )’ and braces ‘[ ]’. Periods and commas are also exaggerated to identify them more quickly. The scale and weight of symbols commonly used as operators have also been optimized.

All variants available

It has Bold and Italics and also works and looks great

Looks really beautiful

Looks really clear and can read tons and tons of source code

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Monoid?

openWhy don't you recommend Monoid?

Open Source Coding Font. 600 semi-condensed and distinguishable glyphs with short ascenders + descenders, big apertures and supersized operators + punctuation.

Open Source


Adjust letter-spacing, line-height and choose alternate characters prior to downloading.

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Sudo?

openWhy don't you recommend Sudo?

Sudo is a space-saving font optimized for 16 pixels font size. Download at, source files available from GitHub. The fonts are licensed under the OFL.

Four styles available

Sudo has Regular, Italic, Bold and Bold Italic styles available.

Good legibility

Different character categories are differentiated by height and alignment. Numbers are a line width smaller than capital letters, so there is no need...

Zero is not slashed or dotted

openWhy do you recommend Cosmic Sans Neue Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Cosmic Sans Neue Mono?

A programming font, designed with functionality in mind, and with some wibbly-wobbly handwriting-like fuzziness that makes it unassumingly cool.

View on GitHub

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Happy Monkey?

openWhy don't you recommend Happy Monkey?

Happy Monkey is a display sans serif typeface family, with thin and rounded strokes. Suitable for informal headlines and all your fun typography!

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Lucida Sans Typewriter?

openWhy don't you recommend Lucida Sans Typewriter?

An ancestor of Lucida Console

Very legible

No cons added yet


openWhy do you recommend Nouveau IBM?

openWhy don't you recommend Nouveau IBM?

TTF and Unicode version of the IBM PC font. Good for terminal programs. Size 12 represents the original.

Linux and mac terminals look like an old IBM PC

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Skyhook mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Skyhook mono?

Clean and readable

Many glyphs for different languages

Only basic version is free

openWhy do you recommend Eco Coding?

openWhy don't you recommend Eco Coding?

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Agave?

openWhy don't you recommend Agave?

A fixed size font.

Very nice, not boring, clear to read even in small size

Development is on hiatus


openWhy do you recommend IBM 3270?

openWhy don't you recommend IBM 3270?

The classic IBM mainframe terminal font, in a modern format


Simple, elegant, 1970's cool. Built from the x3270 bitmap font.

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Smooth Pet?

openWhy don't you recommend Smooth Pet?

Based on the Commodore Pet font. Narrow, bold, and very legible with slashed 0.

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Vera Sans Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Vera Sans Mono?


Licensed under GNU.

Clearly distinguishes clashing characters

Characters such as 1, I and l as well as 0 and O are differentiated enough as to not be confusing.

No cons added yet


openWhy do you recommend DEC Terminal Modern?

openWhy don't you recommend DEC Terminal Modern?

Narrow monospaced font. Based loosely on the original VT220 font.

The characters are on a 5 x 12 size ratio (as 80 columns by 25 lines would fit on a 4 x 3 ratio CRT). Over 1050 glyphs in Latin-1, A, and B, Greek, and others. Private Use area contains C1 control symbols, special VT100/220, Commodore Pet, Atari 400/800, and TRS-80 Model 1 and 3 characters. for specimen. for the latest version.

Interesting retro-inspired look

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend OCR A Extended?

openWhy don't you recommend OCR A Extended?

You can clearly tell the difference between those troublesome characters like apostrophes and quotes.

Each character is clearly (there's that word again) different from each other to make machine reading easier and works for humans as well.

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Iosevka?

openWhy don't you recommend Iosevka?

Easy on eyes

Free and open source

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Cutive Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Cutive Mono?

The Monospaced couterpart to Cutive, a good slab font.

Open Source

Great legibility

Thin, light, readable glyphs.

No cons added yet


openWhy do you recommend ConsolaMono?

openWhy don't you recommend ConsolaMono?

Looks neat and Clean

Looks legible and clean

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend Luxi Mono?

openWhy don't you recommend Luxi Mono?

A slab-serif monospaced font with a distinctive look.

No pros added yet

No cons added yet

openWhy do you recommend KaiTi?

openWhy don't you recommend KaiTi?

Great font, even at small sizes

Very clear even at small sizes

This font is included in windows by default and is really easy to read at small sizes, allowing me to keep more code on the screen. It was originally...

No cons added yet