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Where to find fonts

Available Free Fonts

How to use fonts in ConTeXt

The ConTeXt way of handling fonts are TypeScripts. It’s a system of abstraction and aliases, which may seem “strange” at first for LaTeX users.

Font support & configuration

Type 1 fonts

True Type fonts

OpenType fonts

Basic Hints

How to change to Palatino for text with Euler for math: Palatino_with_Euler_Math

Some hints by Taco from the mailing list on 2005-11-20:

Q: How up to date or out of date is the information in mfonts manual?

A: It looks like it is still quite up-to-date, but some of the examples it gives may no longer be the very best and latest way of doing things, and possibly there are some new developments that do not get as much attention as desired (like texfont, and the issues arising from font map files). Overall, the document appears accurate, though.

An important thing to remember is this:

ConTeXt does not share font metric conventions with LaTeX.

(at one point it started doing so, like supporting the Karl Berry naming scheme and the PSNFSS style font family names, but that has since been abandoned).

Another important thing is that it also does not share font map files with LaTeX and, specifically,

ConTeXt does not make pdfetex read

(this is at the root of a great many problems reported by users only familiar with PSNFSS)

The preferred format for metric files in ConTeXt is


for metrics and


for the mapping files.

  • <fontname> is usually derived from the font source (afm or ttf),
  • <encoding> is a 'controlled' list, (see Encodings and Regimes)
  • <vendor> and <familyname> are user-supplied (at install time).

There are ways to trick ConTeXt into using different conventions, but if you do that you are likely to run into trouble.

Hints by Language

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