Introduction to FontForge

The FontForge package contains an outline font editor that lets you create your own postscript, truetype, opentype, cid-keyed, multi-master, cff, svg and bitmap (bdf, FON, NFNT) fonts, or edit existing ones.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

FontForge Dependencies


libspiro-20220722 and libxml2-2.12.5



giflib-5.2.1, git-2.44.0, libjpeg-turbo-3.0.1, libtiff-4.6.0, sphinx-7.2.6 (to build html documentation), WOFF2-1.0.2, and

Installation of FontForge

First fix a problem with old translations exposed by gettext-0.22:

sed -i.orig 's/\(%[^%[:space:]]*\)hs/\1s/g' \
 fontforgeexe/searchview.c po/de.po po/ca.po \
 po/hr.po po/it.po po/pl.po po/uk.po po/en_GB.po \
 po/fr.po po/vi.po po/ko.po po/ja.po

Install FontForge by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

      -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release  \
      -Wno-dev .. &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

If you have installed sphinx-build, HTML documentation was built and installed in /usr/share/doc/fontforge. To be able to access it as a versioned directory, create a symlink as the root user:

ln -sv fontforge /usr/share/doc/fontforge-20230101

Command Explanations

-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release: This switch is used to create an optimized release without debug information.

-Wno-dev: This switch is used to suppress warnings intended for the package's developers.

-DENABLE_X11=ON: use an X11 backend instead of GDK3 (gtk+-3) for basic Xorg graphics.


Installed Programs: fontforge, fontimage, fontlint and sfddiff
Installed Library: and /usr/lib/python3.12.2/site-packages/{fontforge,psMat}.so
Installed Directories: /usr/share/fontforge and optionally /usr/share/doc/fontforge{,-20230101}

Short Descriptions


is a program that allows you to create and modify font files


is a program that produces an image showing representative glyphs of the font


is a program that checks the font for certain common errors


is a program that compares two font files