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Toolkit for font developers
Source repositories moved 2015-08-04
Please be aware that we have moved the source repositories for FontUtils to Github: font-ttf and font-ttf-scripts. The SVN repos are still accessible as an archive but no further changes can or will be made there.
Updated 2015-01-26, version 1.05
- Add support for GSUB Type 8 Reverse-chaining substitution.
- New make_fea command creates AFDKO Feature files
- Bugfixes to ttfsubset, hackos2, ttf2woff, others.
2014-01-14 - Improvements to ttfbuilder, ttfsubset, volt2ttf, dumpfont, ttf2woff, psfix and others; bug fixes throughout; clarified license.
2012-08-29 - Ten new utilities; bug fixes and enhancements throughout.
2009-04-17 - New utility (ttfdeflang); new options (ttftable).
2008-06-11 - New utility (add_classes); new options (make_gdl, make_volt, volt2ttf); improvements to volt2ttf.
2007-11-16 - New utilities (volt2ttf, ttf2volt, ttfbboxfix, ttftable, sfd2ap, volt2ap); ttfname improvements.
2006-06-24 - New versions all round, added bundle package
2006-04-20 - Improved make_gdl, make_volt. Supports OS/2 version 3.
2005-06-09 - Addition of voltFixup, voltImportAnchors and voltExportAnchors.
SIL FontUtils collection provides command line tools for manipulating TrueType fonts. These tools are cross-platform and work on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Written in pure Perl, the source modules (Font::TTF::Scripts and the supporting library package Font::TTF) have been available for a number of years and are an essential tool of NRSI's font development processes. For Perl users the most up-to-date sources can be retrieved from our Subversion repositories.
These scripts are also packaged as standalone Windows executables, making them usable by those who do not have Perl.
|General font hacking and repairing:
HACKOS2 [-c hex] [-d directory] [-f fsSelection] [-p hex] [-q] [-t num] [-u hex] [-w width]
Hacks various fields in the OS/2 table of a ttf file, including: fsType,
panose, ulUnicodeRange, achVendID, fsSelection, usFirstCharIndex,
usLastCharIndex and ulCodePageRange
PSFIX infile outfile
Updates Postscript table to account for Postscript Unicode conventions.
ttf2woff [-m metadatafile] [-p privatefile] infile.ttf outfile.woff
Converts a TTF file into a WOFF file appending optional metadata and private data.
ttfascent [-a num] [-d num] [-l num] infile [outfile]
Opens infile (a .ttf file) changes the ascent and descent values in the Hhea and OS/2 table and then writes the resulting file to outfile if specified.
tteval [options] infont.ttf ...
ttfeval is a wrapper for those one- or two-line font hacks. It does
the work of including the Font:TTF module, opening the input font file, and optionally writing the output font file. You just supply the code in the middle.
ttffeatparms [-d] [-c control.xml] infile.ttf outfile.ttf
Adds feature parameters to Opentype stylistic set or character variants features
ttfbboxfix [-v] in.ttf [out.ttf]
Reports bounding box errors in a font. If out.ttf is provided, rewrite corrected font.
ttfdeflang -d lang infile.ttf outfile.ttf
Creates a font with the given language id as being default.
ttfname [-f "new_full_name"] -n "new_name" [-t num] [-q] in.ttf out.ttf
Renames the TTF with the given name and outputs the newly named font.
TTFRemap -c file [-r] [-s | -u]
Remaps the MS cmap of a font without removing any glyphs. Updates the OS/2
table according to first and last char of new cmap.
ttfsetver [-d "description"] version infile outfile
Sets font version (in both head and name tables).
ttfsubset [options] infont outfont
Opens infont (a .ttf file), subsets it according to the supplied options, then writes the resulting file to outfont.
ttftable [options] in.ttf [out.ttf]
Opens in.ttf for reading, optionally imports, exports, and/or deletes tables from the font, then writes the modified font to out.ttf if provided.
|TTFBuilder / Attachment Point related:
add_classes -c classes.xml infile.xml
Adds class information to an attachment point database.
check_attach [-z outfile.xml] infile.xml infile.ttf
Checks an attachment point database against a font, checking that any
contours are single point and any locations tie up with their corresponding contour, or that there exists a single point contour at a given location. This program can also generate missing information and write it to a new attachment point database.
make_fea [-a attach.xml] [-i file] [-l type [-s num]] [-n num] infile outfile
Analyse the input font and attachment point database to generate Adobe Font Development Kit (AFDKO) Feature files, including classes for related glyphs and adding attachment point information.
make_gdl [-a attach.xml] [-i file] [-l type [-s num]] [-n num] infont.ttf outGDL.txt
Analyse the input font and attachment point database to generate gdl code including classes for related glyphs and adding attachment point information.
make_volt [-t] [-a attach.xml] [-l ligtype] [-i file] [-n] infont.ttf outfile
Analyse the input font and attachment point database to generate VOLT project code including classes for related glyphs and anchor point information. Can also merge existing volt code.
sfd2ap infile.sfd [outfile.xml]
Reads a FontForge font file and extracts anchor point information into an XML attachment point database.
ttfbuilder [-a] [-h] -c config.xml [-x attach.xml] [-z out.xml] infile.ttf outfile.ttf
Builds outfile.ttf from infile.ttf according to config.xml.
volt2ap [-t voltdat.txt] infile.ttf > outfile.xml
Export glyph data, including anchors, to XML attachment point database
ttf2volt [options] infontfile [outfontfile]
Attempts to create a VOLT project from an existing OpenType font by reading and interpreting the existing GDEF, GPOS, and GSUB tables. Not every OpenType rule can be mimiced in VOLT; warnings are issued when ttf2volt cannot handle something.
volt2ttf [-a attach.xml] [-t volt.txt] infile.ttf outfile.ttf
Compiles volt source into OT tables in the font. Think of this as a 3rd party command-line version of MS VOLT.
|TypeTuner related: (see http://scripts.sil.org/typetuner)
ttflang2tuner [-c] [-v] infile.ttf ...
Builds TypeTuner features configuration file(s) from the script and language tags contained in the GPOS and GSUB tables of OpenType font(s).
TypeTuner -x <xml> <ttf> (create settings xml file from ttf)
TypeTuner <xml> <ttf> (apply edited settings xml file to ttf)
TypeTuner [<switches>] <command> [files, ...]
Enables developers to create fonts which users can then alter (also using TypeTuner) to change default glyphs and behaviors.
sfdmeld [-a ap.xml] [-p] structure.sfd design.sfd output.sfd
Merges two FontForge font files such that the lookups and behaviour in the second (design) file is overridden by that in the first file.
sfdmerge [-r winner] base local other
Does a 3 way ancestral merge of sfd files.
addfont [-r] [-f] *.ttf
Installs or uninstalls a font in Windows without copying it. Can
dumpfont [-t taglist] [-a attach.xml] font.ttf
Dump font table structures. "taglist" is a comma-or space-separated list of tags specifying which tables to dump.
FRET [-f] [-g] [-r] [-s size] [-p package] [-q] font_file [out_file]
Generates nice PDF reports on a font.
Utilities arranged by category
Obsolete or outdated utilities
A number of utilities formerly installed with this package have been obsoleted by alternative tools or deemed to be low usage and so are no longer installed as executables by the standard installers (binary or source). However, the source bundle includes all of these in the Examples folder.
||Update legacy fonts for the Win98 change in codepage 1252
||Creates GDL for a Thai font
||Creates OpenType tables for Thai font
||Creates VOLT for a Thai font
||Creates a Postscript mapping file for the given font
||"Smart" import of a VOLT project to a new font.
||Imports anchor definitions from XML
||Exports VOLT anchor definitions to XML
Obsolete / outdated utilities
All of the tools are commandline, so you will typically launch them by typing the command name and parameters into a CMD window.
Most tools provides their own "usage" message explaining the parameters. To get the usage message, execute the command with no parameters. For example:
ttfname [-f "full_name"] -n "name" [-t num] [-q] infile.ttf outfile.ttf
Renames the TTF with the given name and outputs the newly named font to out.ttf.
-f "name" specifies new full name (optional) as opposed to the
default calculated form.
-l lang language number to use (default all langs)
if specified name entries will be added for all platforms and
encodings covered by the cmap if not already there
-n "name" specifies new font family name (not optional)
-p Don't update postscript font name
-q disable signon message
-r num Removes all strings of the given id
-s filename overrides -n and gets string from file. Useful for -t
-t num overrides the normal naming areas to change another
string -f becomes inactive. Use -l as well to create entry.
-w "name" overrides subfamily in the font (think weight). So a full name
may be made from -n and -w together.
Note also that many of the commands now support a -h option for more complete help.
Download and Installation
Windows binary installer
The installer should be downloaded to a temporary folder and then launched. This will install the package. By default the installer adds the installation folder to your PATH.
As an alternate installation: turn off the option to modify your PATH variable during installation. When the installer has finished, copy all the .BAT files from the install directory (typically C:/Program Files/SIL/FontUtils to a folder that is already on your PATH.
The source is organized into two separate packages:
||This is the underlying object library that implements an in-memory structure representing an OpenType font. There are no ready-to-run commands included with this package — just the support library.
||This is a collection of command-line programs and further utility libraries, built on top of Font::TTF, that provide the command-line functionality. All of the commands mentioned above plus other example programs, some useful in their own right, are included.
Perl 5.8 or newer is required.
These two packages are available in several ways:
Snapshots of the source packages are available on CPAN. The links for the latest such snapshot are Font-TTF and Font-TTF-Scripts. Two dependencies you will also need are Text-PDF and Text-Unicode-Equivalents
Public GitHub Repository
You may browse or obtain updated sources directly from our public GitHub repository. From this repository you will need four packages:
Perl module installation
Windows users please note
Installing perl modules requires that you have a make utility of some sort, and such isn't built into Windows. On its website Microsoft provides the free nmake, but unfortunately some versions of nmake are not capable of installing Font:TTF. If you are using ActiveState ActivePerl, the recommended program is dmake which comes with some versions or is available from cpan.
Note also: If you have more than one make-like program you can find out which one Perl is using by inspecting the output of the command perl -V:make. You can instruct ActivePerl to prefer dmake by setting the environment variable ACTIVEPERL_CONFIG_MAKE=dmake.
Once you have an appropriate make program, the easiest way to get and obtain the modules is using the cpan program that is likely to be part of your Perl installation. Simply execute:
cpan -i Font::TTF
cpan -i Font::TTF::Scripts
If you don't have cpan, or it doesn't work, download and unpack the source archives from the links above. Then, first for Font:TTF and then Font:TTF:Scripts, locate the folder containing the file Makefile.pl. From a command prompt in that folder, give the standard Perl module install incantation of:
(substituting dmake for make if on Windows).
Both of the two constituent source packages contain a Changes file that summarizes the changes made in recent revisions. To view these files directly with a web browser click Font:TTF Changes and Font:TTF:Scripts Changes.
Summary of changes in FontUtils v 1.05
Bug fixes and/or new capabilities
- make_fea — new command to generate AFDKO feature files
- make_gdl, make_volt, make_fea
- command-line parameters harmonized
- added -c support to obviate make_classes
- fixed graphite generation
- fixed OS/2 table padding and checksum
- correctly handles multiple cvxx/ssxx features
- selects correct existing strings
- catches checksum/alignment issues rather than silently build faulty font
- fixed adding new glyphs from struct to design
- fixed various problems related to WOFF fonts
- added -b option to show octaboxes
General improvements include:
- Added support for GSUB Type 8 Reverse-chaining substitution
- OpenType script/lang/feature tags now based on ISO/IEC 14496-22
Summary of changes in FontUtils v 1.04.1
Bug fixes and/or new capabilities:
- major upgrade with better subsetting
- support for Silf table, glyph ranges
- guess at Unicode and Codepage range bits
- can remove multiple names at once
- chaining lookups
- mark filter sets
- handle missing APs
- expunge notion of 'dflt' language tag
- better integration with TypeTuner
- SKIP_BASE, ENUM and ECEPT_CONTEXT fixes
- support pair-position format 1
- TSIV now parsed before dumping
- sorts language & feature tags
- major overhaul, new options
- can now read program from a file
General bug fixes include:
- Shared tables in TTC weren't working
- Clarified source and font licenses
- Add support for cmap format 13 subtables
- Expunge notion of 'dflt' language tag in OpenType layout tables
A public mailing list is available for users and developers of the Font::TTF and Font::TTF::Scripts packages. Visit the Font-TTF list to view the content online or to subscribe with your GoogleGroups login. If you don't have a GoogleGroups login, simply send a subscription request to Font-TTF googlegroups.com.
Please recognize, however, that the existence of this group does not change the fact these utilities and libraries are essentially unsupported. If you find and report a bug, we'll try to find time to fix it. If you find a bug and suggest a patch, we'll get around to reviewing the suggestion as soon as we can. But no guarantees on time-frames.
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