I have a huge font collection and would like to be able to view them in an efficient manner rather than opening a file one by one.

What would be the best font viewer aside from fontypython, which unfortunately has a Mojibake bug on fonts with multibyte characters.


I use Font Manager

sudo apt-get install font-manager



I use character maps heavily and decides to make one which you access from anywhere using a web interface and requires no installation.


  • Select your own font file
  • Provides font and character information
  • Character copy-able
  • Supports TTF/OTF
  • Supports Icon fonts
  • Smooth interface
  • No installation necessary
  • No server upload necessary



  • I wish I could do more than upvote this. This tool is wonderful. Thank you! – Jabberwock Feb 15 at 20:39

Web browsers are good at this. Sample script whose output can be saved as a simple HTML page and viewed in a local browser:

#! /usr/bin/env bash

cat << __HEADER
<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
    <title>Sample of local fonts matching '$1'</title>

fc-list --format='%{family}\n' $1 | sort -u | while IFS='' read -r fontfamily
    cat << __BODY
    <div style="font-family: '${fontfamily}', 'serif'">
            The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy brown dog<br/>


cat << __FOOTER

The script takes an optional first argument, the fc-list pattern to filter on. For example passing :spacing=100 as the argument generates an HTML page of all installed monospace fonts, or pass nothing and see all fonts.


Your should also give a try to gnome-specimen (also available in Debian)


There's always Fontmatrix. It has a slightly different feature-set to fontypython but I like it.

  • Just used it. It seems to have more features than fontypython, but is instead less immune to foreign multi-byte fonts. Nevertheless +1 for introducing the tool I didn't know. thx. – Gödel Oct 20 '10 at 11:00

I`ve created simple SVG font viewer



If you use Ubuntu (or likewise OS), you can use the Ubuntu in-built files viewer, you just have to change the view (click the view icon just to the right of the search magnifying glass until you see the fonts). To confirm further, you can just double click a font and see a quick overview. This is great if you want to quickly weed out various odd-char fonts for example.

Screenshot: showing 1) the output of the directory view, 2) the button to click to change to the right view, 3) An example of a clicked font


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