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Gentium — Download

Victor Gaultney, 2012-08-01


‘Many thanks. I have an aesthetic dislike of “Times” fonts and a scholar‘s budget. Now I have Gentium and I‘m pleased as punch.’

‘I appreciate your project, that of making a font suitable for many languages, including smaller ones.’


Table of Contents for this web page:

Feedback

No user information or formal registration is required to use the fonts, but please fill out the following form to let us know your priorities. If you provide your email address then you will be subscribed to the private gentium-announce list, but your email address will not be given out to anyone else, and will not be used for any purpose except to inform you of the latest developments in the Gentium project.

Please list any specific languages for which you need support:

    

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If you wish to receive announcements related to Gentium, please enter your email address (it will be kept private):

    

Thank you for your interest in Gentium.

License

Gentium Plus is released under the SIL Open Font License (OFL). Copyright (c) 2003-2012, SIL International (http://scripts.sil.org/) with Reserved Font Names "Gentium" and "SIL".

Information for Developers/Contributors

The release of Gentium Plus version 1.502 (and any subsequent versions) under the OFL license provides a means for people to modify the fonts to meet their needs and contribute to the project. For information on what you're allowed to change or modify, consult the OFL and OFL-FAQ.

Anyone can make their own modified version of Gentium Plus (using a different name), but SIL International will continue to maintain and develop the canonical version of the Gentium Plus fonts. As the package maintainer, we welcome contributions. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Format: We are open to contributions in various formats, but if you want to maximise the chances of us including your work, please make it available to us (via email or a URL) as either a FontLab database (preferred) or a PostScript Type 1 (or OT-CFF) font.
  • Source files: The primary source files for the fonts are the fonts themselves. They contain all the important data in the fonts and can be studied and modified using open font tools such as FontForge and TTX. The source release contains additional source files that might be useful. See the file source/SOURCES.txt in that release archive for further information.
  • Copyright attribution: If you submit something for inclusion in the main Gentium Plus fonts, we will ask you to affirm that it is your original work, and ask you to assign the copyright of your work to SIL International. This is to ensure that future releases can be made under improved versions of the OFL without needing to track you down for further permission. This follows the same principle used by the FSF. Keep in mind that we are a not-for-profit organization committed to free/libre and open source software, and that any contributions incorporated in the fonts will always be available under the OFL or a similar license.
  • Quality: Because we want to be able to guarantee a high level of quality for the primary Gentium Plus fonts, we will review submissions carefully. Please don't be discouraged if we do not include a submission for this reason, or ask you to make specific revisions.
  • Types of contributions: If you wish to make a contribution - a set of additional glyphs, scripts, code, etc. - please contact us before you do any work to see if it is a contribution we currently need. Every addition adds to the complexity of the project and needs to be carefully planned. This also avoids two people working on the same type of addition at the same time.
  • Linux packages: Please contact the upstream maintainer of the various packages - - if you want to help package or maintain a package.
  • When submissions will be included: We plan to revise the fonts when major updates are needed (eg new versions of Unicode). If you wish to make submissions, contact us on the timing.

Download

If you agree to the terms of use (described in the license above), then download the fonts from the following links. Previous versions can be found on the Previous versions page.

Gentium Plus and Gentium Plus Compact Fonts

Gentium Plus Fonts

Gentium Plus is based on the original Gentium design. However, it now has the full OpenType and Graphite support that Doulos SIL and Charis SIL contain — including full IPA support!

Currently Gentium Plus has Regular and Italic weights. A future release will include Bold and Bold Italic.

Note for Literacy users

There are a number of options for you if you need a literacy font.

  • The Andika font is a sans-serif font that is specifically designed for literacy use. Andika can be found here.
  • Gentium Plus has also been modified for literacy use (Gentium Plus Literacy). That font (along with Charis SIL Literacy and Doulos SIL Literacy) can be found on this page: Special Interest Derivative Unicode Fonts.

Gentium Plus 1.510 (maintenance release)

The only change in this maintenance release is a change in the Graphite feature identifiers from integers to 4-character alphanumeric tags. This was required because although  Mozilla Firefox has now implemented support for Graphite, feature identifiers only work if they are 4-character alphanumeric tags. If you would like to use these features in Firefox,  this webpage describes how to access font features. The font download contains a document (GentiumPlus-features.pdf) which describes the old and new feature identifiers. Existing documents (such as those created by LibreOffice/OpenOffice) which use the old identifiers will need to be changed to use the new identifiers. Future releases will use the new 4-character alphanumeric tags.

Unless you wish to use the font features in  Mozilla Firefox, you should continue using Gentium Plus 1.508. Below the download packages for this maintenance release is the official release of "Gentium Plus".

Gentium Plus
Gentium Plus 1.510 font release - SIL PUA 6.0a (Windows, Macintosh and Linux)
Lorna A. Priest, 2012-08-01
Download "GentiumPlus-1.510.zip", ZIP archive, 2MB [46446 downloads]

If you are uncertain what to do with a .zip file, see Decompression Utilities, Downloading & Installation Tips. Within the archive is the font file and documentation.

This font can be installed using standard font installation procedures for the given operating-system platform. Note that certain applications may not see the new font immediately. You may have to quit and restart the application for the font to become available.
Gentium Plus 1.510 font web release - SIL PUA 6.0a (Windows, Macintosh and Linux)
Lorna A. Priest, 2012-08-01
Download "GentiumPlus-1.510-web.zip", ZIP archive, 3MB [6961 downloads]

This package contains the same files as GentiumPlus-1.510.zip plus WOFF fonts and sample web files.

If you are uncertain what to do with a .zip file, see Decompression Utilities, Downloading & Installation Tips. Within the archive is the font file and minimal documentation.

This font can be installed using standard font installation procedures for the given operating-system platform. Note that certain applications may not see the new font immediately. You may have to quit and restart the application for the font to become available.
Gentium Plus 1.510 font release - SIL PUA 6.0a (Windows installer)
NRSI staff, 2013-08-14
Download "GentiumPlus-1.510.exe", Windows application, 2MB [3658 downloads]

This package contains the same files as GentiumPlus-1.510.zip. This installer is only for Windows users. Once the package has been downloaded, you can double-click on it to install the font file and documentation. After installing, you can read the documentation files at Start / All programs / SIL / Fonts / GentiumPlus.

Note that certain applications may not see the new font immediately. You may have to quit and restart the application for the font to become available.

Gentium Plus 1.508 (official release)

Gentium Plus
Gentium Plus 1.508 font release - SIL PUA 6.0a (Windows, Macintosh and Linux)
NRSI staff, 2011-09-13
Download "GentiumPlus-1.508.zip", ZIP archive, 2MB [44214 downloads]

If you are uncertain what to do with a .zip file, see Decompression Utilities, Downloading & Installation Tips. Within the archive is the font file and documentation.

This font can be installed using standard font installation procedures for the given operating-system platform. Note that certain applications may not see the new font immediately. You may have to quit and restart the application for the font to become available.
Gentium Plus 1.508 font web release - SIL PUA 6.0a (Windows, Macintosh and Linux)
NRSI staff, 2011-09-13
Download "GentiumPlus-1.508-web.zip", ZIP archive, 3MB [6903 downloads]

This package contains the same files as GentiumPlus-1.508.zip plus WOFF fonts and sample web files.

If you are uncertain what to do with a .zip file, see Decompression Utilities, Downloading & Installation Tips. Within the archive is the font file and minimal documentation.

This font can be installed using standard font installation procedures for the given operating-system platform. Note that certain applications may not see the new font immediately. You may have to quit and restart the application for the font to become available.
Gentium Plus 1.508 font developer release - SIL PUA 6.0a (Windows, Macintosh and Linux)
NRSI staff, 2011-08-25
Download "GentiumPlus-1.508-developer.zip", ZIP archive, 5MB [5015 downloads]

This package contains the same files as GentiumPlus-1.508-web.zip plus the FontLab, .otf, Graphite and anchor source files. The source files are from the 1.504 release, so won't reflect the recent changes.

If you are uncertain what to do with a .zip file, see Decompression Utilities, Downloading & Installation Tips. Within the archive is the font file and minimal documentation.

This font can be installed using standard font installation procedures for the given operating-system platform. Note that certain applications may not see the new font immediately. You may have to quit and restart the application for the font to become available.
Gentium Plus 1.508 font release - SIL PUA 6.0a (Windows installer)
NRSI staff, 2011-09-13
Download "GentiumPlus-1.508.exe", Windows application, 2MB [9571 downloads]

This package contains the same files as GentiumPlus-1.508.zip. This installer is only for Windows users. Once the package has been downloaded, you can double-click on it to install the font file and documentation. After installing, you can read the documentation files at Start / All programs / SIL / Fonts / GentiumPlus.

Note that certain applications may not see the new font immediately. You may have to quit and restart the application for the font to become available.
GentiumPlus Compact
(This font is created by TypeTuner Web, by setting the "Line spacing" feature to "Tight", and will not be able to be TypeTuned again)

Warning

Any of our Roman fonts that have had the linespacing changed to a tighter setting could potentially have "clipping" of diacritics if there is more than one diacritic above a tall character. This is normally just a screen problem. When the page is printed, the diacritics will print.|

Gentium Plus Compact 1.508 font release - SIL PUA 6.0a (Windows, Macintosh and Linux)
NRSI staff, 2013-04-16
Download "GentiumPlusCompact-1.508.zip", ZIP archive, 2MB [1586 downloads]

This font can be installed using standard font installation procedures for the given operating-system platform. Note that certain applications may not see the new font immediately. You may have to quit and restart the application for the font to become available.

Despite the date on this package, this is not a new version of the font. We are merely providing a static link.|

Ubuntu repository

Ubuntu repository on packages.sil.org Installation Instructions
Ubuntu software repository

These fonts are available in the SIL software repository for Ubuntu on  http://packages.sil.org.

Ubuntu users can subscribe to this software repository and get current versions and updates automatically. See the  detailed instructions about adding the repository.

List of changes for this version:

  • Removed the VDMX table (to resolve issues related to line-spacing and clipping)

Gentium Basic Fonts

Gentium Basic Fonts

Two complete font families - Gentium Basic and Gentium Book Basic - are now available. They do not contain the same extensive character repertoire as Gentium or Gentium Plus. See the Gentium Basic page.

Original Gentium Fonts

Gentium Fonts

The original Gentium fonts were released in 2003 and are now under version 1.1 of the SIL Open Font License (OFL). These award-winning fonts will continue to be available. However, they do not have the smart font code now available in Gentium Plus. In practical terms, this means that diacritics (combining marks) will not stack properly. If you require diacritic positioning, you should download Gentium Plus.

In addition to the downloads below, more install packages are available from Gentium Fonts - Previous Versions and Gentium — GNU/Linux. These are for the prior version, Gentium 1.02; however that version is functionally identical to 1.03.

Gentium
Gentium 1.03 (Windows, Macintosh and Linux)
David Raymond, 2011-07-01
Download "Gentium-1.03.zip", ZIP archive, 934KB [16672 downloads]

If you are uncertain what to do with a .zip file, see Decompression Utilities, Downloading & Installation Tips. The archive contains the font file, documentation and the FontLab .vfb files.

This font can be installed using standard font installation procedures for the given operating-system platform. Note that certain applications may not see the new font immediately. You may have to quit and restart the application for the font to become available.
Gentium 1.03 font release (Windows installer)
Lorna A. Priest, 2011-07-01
Download "Gentium-1.03.exe", Windows application, 645KB [8637 downloads]
As above, but packaged as a Windows installer.

Installation and Use

Detailed hints for downloading, expanding and installing can be found here.

Note that these packages only include the fonts themselves. If you want to use the fonts to type languages that use special non-European letters, then you may need a separate keyboard manager. Various means may be available for different operating-system platforms to create additional input methods for other languages. Some of these are listed here: Some tools and resources for character input.

Related Packages

SIL Font Subsets Lorna Evans, 2013-07-15
SIL's Non-Roman Script Initiative has created very comprehensive fonts for Latin and Cyrillic character sets. These are very large fonts that cover just about every need we know about in the Latin and Cyrillic world. Now, as we move into the age of mobile phone and web usage, everyone wants fonts that are small and compact. Our fonts are over a megabyte each and that is considered much too large for mobile phone usage.
We have now created subsets of our fonts for different regions of the world. These fonts currently contain OpenType smart code. Each regional font only contains the characters (and glyphs) that are known to be used in that region of the world. We have attempted to use the most common glyph required for that region.


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