How can I get the name of the default font (and default monospace font), in the format:

Ubuntu Mono:size=12:antialias=false

I'm aware of fc-list which gives me a list of all the fonts, but how can I know which one is the default font?

Use: I'm trying to launch xterm like this: xterm -fa Ubuntu Mono:size=12:antialias=false and auto-detect the default monospace font.


Use this, substituing monospace-font-name with font-name if you want the normal font instead:

# for normal font:
# font="$(gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface font-name)"

# for monospace font:
font="$(gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface monospace-font-name)"

font_name="${font% *}"
font_size="${font##* }"

echo "The font is:"
echo "$font_name:size=$font_size:antialias=false"
  • gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface + tab
    – qwr
    Oct 5 '19 at 23:06

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