BirdFont: An Open Source, Free Graphical Font Creator And Editor

BirdFont: An Open Source, Free Graphical Font Creator And Editor

BirdFont is a free, Open Source font editor written by Johan Mattsson using Vala programming language. It lets you create vector graphics and export TTF, EOT & SVG fonts. It is available for Windows, Linux, Mac and OpenBSD platforms.

Install BirdFont On Ubuntu 13.10/13.04, Linux Mint 16/15

BirdFont team has a PPA in launchpad to make the installation lot easier. All you have to do is add this PPA in your system using command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway

Update the sources list.

sudo apt-get update

Then install BirdFont using the following command:

sudo apt-get install birdfont

Launch BirdFont

Open it either form Dash or Menu.

Menu_015BirdFont default interface will look like below.

BirdFont_016Though the interface of BirdFont looks bit confusing at first sight, you can easily learn it using the Official Tutorials page. Also Johan Mattsson have made and published a Screencast in Youtube on how to create font using BirdFont. Please view the following video tutorial to getting started with BirdFont


It’s ideal for creating basic fonts with solid colors either from scratch or from background images. Download it for free and give it a try! Enjoy!!

  • Charlie Whitman

    You might want to fix the spelling error in the headline since it’s such a prominent part of the article: should be ‘Creator’ rather than ‘Creater’

    Font creation is kind of interesting to me. I’ll keep this program in mind in case I decide to try my hand at it.

  • SK

    Thanks. That was a typo. Corrected now.

  • Kathir

    Hai , I want to create new my hand write tamil font, please tell me how to proceed.