What are the best programming fonts?

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Why do you recommend Source Code Pro?

Why do you not 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. Available on Google Web Fonts.

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Easy on eyes

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Especially good for programmers who keep staring at code for hours.

Legible on all displays

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Bad for hex numbers

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Capital letters are bigger than integer digits making hex numbers look bad.

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Why do you recommend Consolas?

Why do you not recommend Consolas?

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Consolas is specifically designed to work with ClearType, so may become highly aliased when ClearType is not turned on.

Available for Windows and OS X.

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Comes with Windows. Download for mac.

Font size can't be changed gradually

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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...

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Why do you recommend Monaco?

Why do you not recommend Monaco?

Easy on eyes

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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...

The curly braces are easily distinguishable from parentheses

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Only comes with Mac OS X

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There is no legal way to install Monaco on other platforms.

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Why do you recommend Ubuntu Mono?

Why do you not recommend Ubuntu Mono?

From Reddit user chrisdoner:

Particularly advantageous apart from its aesthetic rounded/smooth appeal is that it somehow scales to tiny sizes while retaining legibility and under subpixel rendering.

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Highly readable

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Line thickness, shape, and spacing help you recognize characters and words correctly the first time through without your eye having to skip back and...

Easily distinguishable characters

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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

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

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Why do you recommend Inconsolata-g?

Why do you not recommend Inconsolata-g?

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

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And compared to Inconsolata:

You can download it here.

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Renders lines as dashes in TUI interfaces

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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...

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Why do you recommend DejaVu Sans Mono?

Why do you not 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).

The Sans Mono version is graphically close of Andale Mono, slightly bolder, with the added bonus of the bold font being of same width than the normal one (unlike Andale Mono). It is a nice property with some syntax highlighting text editors.

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Deja Vu Sans Mono is part of the Deja Vu family of fonts and is one of the most complete Unicode fonts available. This means you have access to a wide range of special symbols including mathematical symbols like arrows, operators and special alphabets. This is useful for certain languages that require special characters like Agda.

Additionally, some languages allow using these characters optionally. Moreover, there are editor modes that display characters like this without changing the underlying file, much like syntax highlighting: the Emacs modes for OCaml and Haskell are prime examples.

Unicode support

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DejaVu Sans Mono supports unicode characters.

Nice uniform spacing

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Why do you recommend Anonymous Pro?

Why do you not recommend Anonymous Pro?

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

Characters that could be mistaken for one another (O, 0, I, l, 1, etc.) have distinct shapes to make them easier to tell apart in the context of source code.

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While Anonymous Pro looks great on Macs, Windows and Linux PCs with antialiasing enabled, it also includes embedded bitmaps for specific pixel sizes (“ppems” in font nerd speak) for both the regular and bold weight.

Source

The best rendering character for DIGIT ONE

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Exaggerated italics

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

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Why do you recommend Envy Code R?

Why do you not recommend Envy Code R?

This font offers very distinct programming characters like {} vs. () and the classically confusing 0O and 1lI. Quite narrow (like Anonymous Pro) but squarish, the letters are easy to read and offer a pleasing reading experience.

The bold version has the same width as the normal version which is useful for syntax highlighting.

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Envy Code R also fits more into a given width when compared to Source Code Pro. You can download it here

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Why do you recommend Menlo?

Why do you not 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.

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Doesn't work at size 10

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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:Zero...

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Why do you recommend Droid Sans Mono?

Why do you not recommend Droid Sans Mono?

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Zero is not slashed or dotted

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Why do you recommend Pragmata Pro?

Why do you not recommend Pragmata Pro?

A very narrow, highly legible programming font. Noteworthy for having quite a bit of Unicode implemented, including the APL codepoints.

ideal font for coding no interline spacing Hand hinted

http://www.fsd.it/fonts/pragmatapro.htm#.US2yeBmGYS8

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Can be expensive

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

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Why do you recommend Liberation Mono?

Why do you not 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.

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Compact line height

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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...

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Why do you recommend Monofur?

Why do you not recommend Monofur?

monofur

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Letterforms are highly distinct

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It's simple, beautiful, stylish

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Why do you recommend Terminus?

Why do you not recommend Terminus?

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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.

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

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Italics

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

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Why do you recommend Meslo LG?

Why do you not recommend Meslo LG?

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

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Patched Powerline version exists

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

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Why do you recommend Andale Mono?

Why do you not 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.

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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.

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

Good font variants

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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.)

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Why do you recommend Proggy Clean?

Why do you not recommend Proggy Clean?

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Hipster among hipsters

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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...

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Why do you recommend Lucida Console?

Why do you not 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.

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Why do you recommend Dina?

Why do you not 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

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Download link: http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Jibz/Dina/

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Why do you recommend M+ 1m?

Why do you not 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][4] 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.

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  • [Download from official site][2]
  • [Download at FontSquirrel][3]

    [1]: http://f.cl.ly/items/0h390A0I3w1m0L401B3J/Screen%20Shot%202013-04-30%20at%201.38.01%20PM.png [2]: http://sourceforge.jp/projects/mplus-fonts/downloads/6650/mplus-TESTFLIGHT-056.tar.xz [3]: http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/M-1m [4]: http://mplus-fonts.sourceforge.jp/mplus-outline-fonts/design/index-en.html#mono

High legibility

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Why do you recommend PT Mono?

Why do you not recommend PT Mono?

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Why do you recommend GohuFont?

Why do you not 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

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Unique glyphs

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Easy to distinguish characters at small sizes.

Bitmap only

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

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Why do you recommend TheSans Mono?

Why do you not recommend TheSans Mono?

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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.

TheSans Mono is used by O'Reilly for printing code in most of its tech publications.

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Why do you recommend 6x13 fixed?

Why do you not 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

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

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Why do you recommend Segoe UI Mono?

Why do you not recommend Segoe UI Mono?

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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

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This is a very readable font.

The zero is not slashed

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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...

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Why do you recommend Nanum Gothic Coding?

Why do you not recommend Nanum Gothic Coding?

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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.

Multilingual

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Korean, Japanese, English

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Why do you recommend Linux Libertine Mono?

Why do you not recommend Linux Libertine Mono?

Linux Libertine Mono preview Linux Libertine Mono code sample

Linux Libertine Mono available since version 5.3.0: http://www.linuxlibertine.org/index.php?id=1&L=1

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Why do you recommend ProFont?

Why do you not 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.

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Very legible at small sized

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Looks good anti-aliased

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Why do you recommend Latin Modern Mono?

Why do you not 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

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Why do you recommend Espresso Mono?

Why do you not 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

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Proprietary

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Why do you recommend Panic Sans?

Why do you not recommend Panic Sans?

Panic, Inc. which makes Coda, distributes what I find to be the best code font around: Panic Sans. It's close to Source Code Pro & Inconsolata having added uniqueness for easily confusing characters like 0 and O, l and 1, but it has better line spacing and italics.

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Why do you recommend  Anka/Coder?

Why do you not 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.

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Why do you recommend Cruft?

Why do you not 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

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Why do you recommend Print Char 21?

Why do you not 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.

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Why do you recommend Input?

Why do you not 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

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

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Why do you recommend Fantasque Sans Mono?

Why do you not 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

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

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Why do you recommend Creep?

Why do you not 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

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

Specifically designed for programming

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Really small

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this font is so small it might be hard to read

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Why do you recommend Courier New?

Why do you not recommend Courier New?

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Why do you recommend Courier?

Why do you not 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.

Simple yet effective

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Comes pre-installed on almost any operating system

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Why do you recommend UW ttyp0?

Why do you not recommend UW ttyp0?

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

Features:

  • 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: http://people.mpi-inf.mpg.de/~uwe/misc/uw-ttyp0/

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Why do you recommend Raize?

Why do you not 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.

http://www.raize.com/DevTools/Tools/images/RzFont.png

http://www.raize.com/DevTools/Tools/RzFont.asp

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Why do you recommend VGA Font?

Why do you not 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

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Why do you recommend Happy Monkey?

Why do you not 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!

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Why do you recommend Cosmic Sans Neue Mono?

Why do you not 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

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Why do you recommend Triskweline?

Why do you not 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.

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Why do you recommend Envy Code B?

Why do you not recommend Envy Code B?

Envy Code B

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Why do you recommend FreshBold?

Why do you not 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

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Why do you recommend Hermit?

Why do you not recommend Hermit?

a font for programmers, by a programmer

Looks good

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clear and legible

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Why do you recommend Cousine?

Why do you not recommend Cousine?

Default programming font on Chrome OS; Liberation Mono derivative

Nice horizontal & vertical spacing

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Good distinction made between similar characters

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Why do you recommend Fira Mono?

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Why do you recommend Sudo?

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Why do you recommend GNU Unifont?

Why do you not 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.

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Why do you recommend Camingo Code?

Why do you not recommend Camingo Code?

Compact and legible at a variety of sizes

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Why do you recommend Lucida Sans Typewriter?

Why do you not recommend Lucida Sans Typewriter?

An ancestor of Lucida Console

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Why do you recommend Luxi Mono?

Why do you not recommend Luxi Mono?

A slab-serif monospaced font with a distinctive look.

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Why do you recommend Eco Coding?

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Why do you recommend KaiTi?

Why do you not recommend KaiTi?

Great font, even at small sizes

Very clear even at small sizes

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Why do you recommend OCR A Extended?

Why do you not 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.

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