GNU Unifont is part of the GNU Project. This page contains the latest release of GNU Unifont, with glyphs for every printable code point in the Unicode 9.0 Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP). The BMP occupies the first 65,536 code points of the Unicode space, denoted as U+0000..U+FFFF. There is also growing coverage of the Supplemental Multilingual Plane (SMP), in the range U+010000..U+01FFFF, and of Michael Everson's ConScript Unicode Registry (CSUR).
These font files are licensed under the GNU General Public License, either Version 2 or (at your option) a later version, with the exception that embedding the font in a document does not in itself constitute a violation of the GNU GPL. The full terms of the license are in LICENSE.txt.
The standard font build — with and without Michael Everson's ConScript Unicode Registry (CSUR) Private Use Area (PUA) glyphs. Download in your favorite format:
- The Standard Unifont TTF Download: unifont-9.0.01.ttf (12 Mbytes)
- Glyphs above the Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane: unifont_upper-9.0.01.ttf (1 Mbyte)
- Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane with CSUR PUA Glyphs: unifont_csur-9.0.01.ttf (12 Mbytes)
- Glyphs above the Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane with CSUR PUA Glyphs: unifont_upper_csur-9.0.01.ttf (1 Mbyte)
- PCF: unifont-9.0.01.pcf.gz (1 Mbyte)
- BDF: unifont-9.0.01.bdf.gz (1 Mbyte)
Specialized versions — built by request:
- SBIT: Special version at the request of the FontForge community showing dashed combining circles (as in the Unicode code charts) and including four-digit hexadecimal glyphs for the PUA, as a reference for designing other fonts; this is an SBIT font, not an outline font: unifont_sample-9.0.01.ttf (1 Mbyte)
- PSF: A highly specialized console frame buffer font consisting of 512 glyphs for use with APL, A Programming Language, in console mode: Unifont-APL8x16-9.0.01.psf.gz (4 kbytes)
- HEX: All the Plane 0 glyphs in Roman's .hex format, for those who wish to experiment: unifont-9.0.01.hex.gz (1 Mbyte)
- HEX: The above .hex file with combining circles added: unifont_sample-9.0.01.hex.gz (1 Mbyte)
On Windows or Mac OS X, unzip the .ttf.zip file or download the uncompressed .ttf file and copy the font to your Fonts folder. On Microsoft Windows, this folder is located under the Windows folder on your main disk. On a Mac, this is located under the Library folder on your main disk.
For best appearance on a Mac in a Terminal window, select Terminal from the menu, then Preferences. A Settings window will appear. Make sure that you're on the Text tab in that window. Then make sure that the "Antialias text" box is checked. The TrueType version of the font should then look fine at point sizes of 12pt and larger. The font won't look very legible in a Mac Terminal window unless you select this antialias option.
All unifont.hex sources are in the full Unicode Utilities download.
This latest release is part of the GNU Project. You can view the GNU Project Unifont Page on Savannah.
02 July 2016 Release (Unifont 9.0.01):
This is the first release for Unicode 9.0.0, which The Unicode
Consortium formally released on 21 June 2016.
In addition to complete Basic Multilingual Plane coverage,
this release includes all scripts that can easily be drawn in a 16-by-16
grid in the Supplemental Multilingual Plane as of Unicode 9.0.
This SMP coverage is a major milestone for Unifont.
- Johnnie Weaver has contributed many Supplemental Multilingual
Plane glyphs, allowing completion of all SMP scripts that are easily
drawn in a 16-by-16 pixel grid::
- U+0104B0..U+0104FF Osage
- U+011280..U+0112AF Multani
- U+0112B0..U+0112FF Khudawadi
- U+011600..U+01165F Modi
- U+011700..U+01173F Ahom
- U+0118A0..U+0118FF Warang Citi
- U+011AC0..U+011AFF Pau Cin Hau
- U+011C00..U+011C6F Bhaiksuki
- U+011C70..U+011CBF Marchen
- U+016A40..U+016A6F Mro
- U+016AD0..U+016AFF Bassa Vah
- U+01E000..U+01E02F Glagolitic Supplement
- U+01E900..U+01E95F Adlam
- Terence Eden contributed the new power symbols in the range U+23FB..U+23FE. Terence proposed adding those glyphs to Unicode, and got them adopted in the Unicode 9.0.0 release.
Paul Hardy drew the rest of the glyphs added to this release.
This included a complete redrawing of the Unified Canadian Aboriginal
Syllabics (U+1400..U+167F) and the Unified Canadian Aboriginal
Syllabics Extended (U+18B0..U+18FF) scripts. This also included
rotating the Mongolian and Phags Pa scripts, as per changes of
The Unicode Consortium in changing their default representation from
vertical writing to horizontal writing. Paul added these scripts:
- U+1C80..U+1C8F Cyrillic Extended-C
- U+011300..U+01137F Grantha
- U+011400..U+01147F Newa
- U+011480..U+0114DF Tirhuta
- U+011660..U+01167F Mongolian Supplement
- U+016FE0..U+016FFF Ideographic Symbols and Punctuation
- U+01BC00..U+01BC9F Duployan
- U+01E800..U+01E8DF Mende Kikakui
- U+01F900..U+01F9FF Supplemental Symbols and Pictographs
- Michael Walden drew my attention (pun intended) to a multitude of glyph issues, which I have addressed in this release. A comprehensive list of glyphs altered from his suggestions appear in the ChangeLog file in the main tarball.
- Johnnie Weaver has contributed many Supplemental Multilingual Plane glyphs, allowing completion of all SMP scripts that are easily drawn in a 16-by-16 pixel grid::
27 June 2015 Release (Unifont 8.0.01):
This is the first release for Unicode 8.0, whose code charts
The Unicode Consortium formally released on 17 June 2015.
- Umbreon126 drew the new CJK ideographs (U+9FCD..U+9FD5).
- Paul Hardy drew the other new Plane 0 glyphs.
- Paul Hardy added these Plane 1 scripts or drew new Unicode 8.0
glyphs in existing scripts:
- U+010600..U+01077F Linear A
- U+010880..U+0108AF Palmyrene
- U+010880..U+0108AF Nabataean
- U+0108E0..U+0108FF Hatran
- U+0109A0..U+0109FF Meroitic Cursive
- U+010AC0..U+0A0AFF Manichaean
- U+010C80..U+010CFF Old Hungarian
- U+011150..U+01117F Mahajani
- U+011180..U+0111DF Sharada
- U+0111E0..U+0111FF Sinhala Archaic Numbers
- U+011200..U+01124F Khojki
- U+011580..U+0115FF Siddham (prior glyphs by Umbreon126)
- U+01D100..U+01D1FF Musical Symbols (prior glyphs by Andrew Miller)
- U+01D400..U+01D7FF Mathematical Alphanumeric Symbols (prior glyphs by Andrew Miller and Umbreon126)
- U+01F300..U+01F5FF Miscellaneous Symbols and Pictographs (prior glyphs by Andrew Miller, Umbreon126, Nils Moskopp, and Paul Hardy)
- U+01F600..U+01F64F Emoticons (prior glyphs by Paul Hardy and Nils Moskopp
- U+01F680..U+01F6FF Transport and Map Symbols (prior glyphs by Paul Hardy and Nils Moskopp
Click on each link in the table below to show each corresponding 256-code point range.
GNU Unifont Glyphs
Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane
|Private Use Area|
|Private Use Area||F9||FA||FB||FC||FD||FE||FF|
GNU Unifont Glyphs
Unicode Plane 14
GNU Unifont Glyphs
Private Use Area, Planes 0 and 15 — ConScript Unicode Registry
|F0||F1||F2||F3||F4||F5||F6||F7||F8||Unicode Assigned Code Points|
If you would like to contribute glyphs to the GNU Unifont effort, you can download the associated PNG file from the tables above (SMP and CSUR need additions). Then draw new glyphs in the 16-by-16 pixel area that is inside the inner box you see in the image on the left.
When done, erase the surrounding inner box and ruler lines around the inner box. You can then convert the .png file into a .hex file with the unipng2hex Perl script in the source tarball. Or you can just email the .png file to me as a contribution to this effort and I will do the conversion.
Q: Why is the outer grid so much larger than the 16-by-16 pixel inner box?
A: Because in a future version, unipng2hex, unihex2png, and other utilities should be able to handle larger glyphs.
I have dusted off the unipagecount program and modified it to look at any Unicode plane, from 0 to 16. I used it in 2008 only for Plane 0, before that plane was complete. The table below shows the current state of completion of the Supplemental Multilingual Plane (Plane 1). Any range in the table that doesn't have a green background has glyphs that need to be drawn. To see which scripts are in a particular range, consult the "Supplemental Multilingual Plane" list in the Current Coverage section below. The more red a range appears in the table below, the more glyphs are missing from that range.
The list below shows the scripts that are in the Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane, with coverage in this release of Unifont.
Covered Range Script ------- ----- ------ 100.0% U+0000..U+007F C0 Controls and Basic Latin 100.0% U+0080..U+00FF C1 Controls and Latin-1 Supplement 100.0% U+0100..U+017F Latin Extended - A 100.0% U+0180..U+024F Latin Extended - B 100.0% U+0250..U+02AF IPA Extensions 100.0% U+02B0..U+02FF Spacing Modifier Letters 100.0% U+0300..U+036F Combining Diacritical Marks 100.0% U+0370..U+03FF Greek and Coptic 100.0% U+0400..U+04FF Cyrillic 100.0% U+0500..U+052F Cyrillic Supplement 100.0% U+0530..U+058F Armenian 100.0% U+0590..U+05FF Hebrew 100.0% U+0600..U+06FF Arabic 100.0% U+0700..U+074F Syriac 100.0% U+0750..U+077F Arabic Supplement 100.0% U+0780..U+07BF Thaana 100.0% U+07C0..U+07FF N'Ko 100.0% U+0800..U+083F Samaritan 100.0% U+0840..U+085F Mandaic 100.0% U+0860..U+089F Unassigned 100.0% U+08A0..U+08FF Arabic Extended - A 100.0% U+0900..U+097F Devanagari 100.0% U+0980..U+09FF Bengali 100.0% U+0A00..U+0A7F Gurmukhi 100.0% U+0A80..U+0AFF Gujarati 100.0% U+0B00..U+0B7F Oriya 100.0% U+0B80..U+0BFF Tamil 100.0% U+0C00..U+0C7F Telugu 100.0% U+0C80..U+0CFF Kannada 100.0% U+0D00..U+0D7F Malayalam 100.0% U+0D80..U+0DFF Sinhala 100.0% U+0E00..U+0E7F Thai 100.0% U+0E80..U+0EFF Lao 100.0% U+0F00..U+0FFF Tibetan 100.0% U+1000..U+109F Myanmar 100.0% U+10A0..U+10FF Georgian 100.0% U+1100..U+11FF Hangul Jamo 100.0% U+1200..U+137F Ethiopic 100.0% U+1380..U+139F Ethiopic Supplement 100.0% U+13A0..U+13FF Cherokee 100.0% U+1400..U+167F Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics 100.0% U+1680..U+169F Ogham 100.0% U+16A0..U+16FF Runic 100.0% U+1700..U+171F Tagalog 100.0% U+1720..U+173F Hanunoo 100.0% U+1740..U+175F Buhid 100.0% U+1760..U+177F Tagbanwa 100.0% U+1780..U+17FF Khmer 100.0% U+1800..U+18AF Mongolian 100.0% U+18B0..U+18FF Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics Extended 100.0% U+1900..U+194F Limbu 100.0% U+1950..U+197F Tai Le 100.0% U+1980..U+19DF New Tai Lue 100.0% U+19E0..U+19FF Khmer Symbols 100.0% U+1A00..U+1A1F Buginese 100.0% U+1A20..U+1AAF Tai Tham 100.0% U+1AB0..U+1AFF Combining Diacritical Marks Extended 100.0% U+1B00..U+1B7F Balinese 100.0% U+1B80..U+1BBF Sundanese 100.0% U+1BC0..U+1BFF Batak 100.0% U+1C00..U+1C4F Lepcha 100.0% U+1C50..U+1C7F Ol Chiki 100.0% U+1C80..U+1C8F Cyrillic Extended - C 100.0% U+1C90..U+1CBF Unassigned 100.0% U+1CC0..U+1CCF Sundanese Supplement 100.0% U+1CD0..U+1CFF Vedic Extensions 100.0% U+1D00..U+1D7F Phonetic Extensions 100.0% U+1D80..U+1DBF Phonetic Extensions Supplement 100.0% U+1DC0..U+1DFF Combining Diacritical Marks Supplement 100.0% U+1E00..U+1EFF Latin Extended Additional 100.0% U+1F00..U+1FFF Greek Extended 100.0% U+2000..U+206F General Punctuation 100.0% U+2070..U+209F Superscripts and Subscripts 100.0% U+20A0..U+20CF Currency Symbols 100.0% U+20D0..U+20FF Combining Diacritical Marks for Symbols 100.0% U+2100..U+214F Letterlike Symbols 100.0% U+2150..U+218F Number Forms 100.0% U+2190..U+21FF Arrows 100.0% U+2200..U+22FF Mathematical Operators 100.0% U+2300..U+23FF Miscellaneous Technical 100.0% U+2400..U+243F Control Pictures 100.0% U+2440..U+245F Optical Character Recognition 100.0% U+2460..U+24FF Enclosed Alphanumerics 100.0% U+2500..U+257F Box Drawing 100.0% U+2580..U+259F Block Elements 100.0% U+25A0..U+25FF Geometric Shapes 100.0% U+2600..U+26FF Miscellaneous Symbols 100.0% U+2700..U+27BF Dingbats 100.0% U+27C0..U+27EF Miscellaneous Mathematical Symbols - A 100.0% U+27F0..U+27FF Supplemental Arrows - A 100.0% U+2800..U+28FF Braille Patterns 100.0% U+2900..U+297F Supplemental Arrows - B 100.0% U+2980..U+29FF Miscellaneous Mathematical Symbols - B 100.0% U+2A00..U+2AFF Supplemental Mathematical Operators 100.0% U+2B00..U+2BFF Miscellaneous Symbols and Arrows 100.0% U+2C00..U+2C5F Glagolithic 100.0% U+2C60..U+2C7F Latin Extended - C 100.0% U+2C80..U+2CFF Coptic 100.0% U+2D00..U+2D2F Georgian Supplement 100.0% U+2D30..U+2D7F Tifinagh 100.0% U+2D80..U+2DDF Ethiopic Extended 100.0% U+2DE0..U+2DFF Unassigned 100.0% U+2E00..U+2E7F Supplemental Punctuation 100.0% U+2E80..U+2EFF CJK Radicals Supplement 100.0% U+2F00..U+2FDF Kangxi Radicals 100.0% U+2FE0..U+2FEF Unassigned 100.0% U+2FF0..U+2FFF Ideographic Description Characters 100.0% U+3000..U+303F CJK Symbols and Punctuation 100.0% U+3040..U+309F Hiragana 100.0% U+30A0..U+30FF Katakana 100.0% U+3100..U+312F Bopomofo 100.0% U+3130..U+318F Hangul Compatibility Jamo 100.0% U+3190..U+319F Kanbun 100.0% U+31A0..U+31BF Bopomofo Extended 100.0% U+31C0..U+31EF CJK Strokes 100.0% U+31F0..U+31FF Katakana Phonetic Extensions 100.0% U+3200..U+32FF Enclosed CJK Letters and Months 100.0% U+3300..U+33FF CJK Compatibility 100.0% U+3400..U+4DBF CJK Unified Ideographs Extension A 100.0% U+4DC0..U+4DFF Yijing Hexagram Symbols 100.0% U+4E00..U+9FCF CJK Unified Ideographs 100.0% U+9FD0..U+9FFF Unassigned 100.0% U+A000..U+A48F Yi Syllables 100.0% U+A490..U+A4CF Yi Radicals 100.0% U+A4D0..U+A4FF Lisu 100.0% U+A500..U+A63F Vai 100.0% U+A640..U+A69F Unassigned 100.0% U+A6A0..U+A6FF Bamum 100.0% U+A700..U+A71F Modifier Tone Letters 100.0% U+A720..U+A7FF Latin Extended - D 100.0% U+A800..U+A82F Syloti Nagri 100.0% U+A830..U+A83F Common Indic Number Forms 100.0% U+A840..U+A87F Phags-pa 100.0% U+A880..U+A8DF Saurashtra 100.0% U+A8E0..U+A8FF Devanagari Extended 100.0% U+A900..U+A92F Kayah Li 100.0% U+A930..U+A95F Rejang 100.0% U+A960..U+A97F Hangul Jamo Extended - A 100.0% U+A980..U+A9DF Javanese 100.0% U+A9E0..U+A9FF Myanmar Extended - B 100.0% U+AA00..U+AA5F Cham 100.0% U+AA60..U+AA7F Myanmar Extended - A 100.0% U+AA80..U+AADF Tai Viet 100.0% U+AAE0..U+AAFF Meetei Mayek Extensions 100.0% U+AB00..U+AB2F Ethiopic Extended - A 100.0% U+AB30..U+AB6F Latin Extended - E 100.0% U+AB70..U+ABBF Cherokee Supplement 100.0% U+AB70..U+ABBF Unassigned 100.0% U+ABC0..U+ABFF Meetei Mayek 100.0% U+AC00..U+D7AF Hangul Syllables 100.0% U+D7B0..U+D7FF Hangul Jamo Extended - B 0.0% U+D800..U+DFFF Surrogate Pairs - Not Used 0.0% U+E000..U+F8FF Private Use Area - drawn but not included 100.0% U+F900..U+FAFF CJK Compatibility Ideographs 100.0% U+FB00..U+FB4F Alphabetic Presentation Forms 100.0% U+FB50..U+FDFF Arabic Presentation Forms - A 100.0% U+FE00..U+FE0F Variation Selectors 100.0% U+FE10..U+FE1F Vertical Forms 100.0% U+FE20..U+FE2F Combining Half Marks 100.0% U+FE30..U+FE4F CJK Compatibility Forms 100.0% U+FE50..U+FE6F Small Form Variants 100.0% U+FE70..U+FEFF Arabic Presentation Forms - B 100.0% U+FF00..U+FFEF Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms 100.0% U+FFF0..U+FFFF Specials
The list below shows the scripts that are in the Unicode Supplemental Multilingual Plane, with coverage in this release of Unifont. Scripts labeled "(Pending)" are being drawn currently.
Covered Range Script ------- ----- ------ 100.0% U+010000..U+01007F Linear B Syllabary 100.0% U+010080..U+0100FF Linear B Ideograms 100.0% U+010100..U+01013F Aegean Numbers 100.0% U+010140..U+01018F Ancient Greek Numbers 100.0% U+010190..U+0101CF Ancient Symbols 100.0% U+0101D0..U+0101FF Phaistos Disc 100.0% U+010280..U+01029F Lycian 100.0% U+0102A0..U+0102DF Carian 100.0% U+0102E0..U+0102FF Coptic Epact Numbers 100.0% U+010300..U+01032F Old Italic 100.0% U+010330..U+01034F Gothic 100.0% U+010350..U+01037F Old Permic 100.0% U+010380..U+01039F Ugaritic 100.0% U+0103A0..U+0103DF Old Persian 100.0% U+010400..U+01044F Deseret 100.0% U+010450..U+01047F Shavian 100.0% U+010480..U+0104AF Osmanya 100.0% U+0104B0..U+0104FF Osage 100.0% U+010500..U+01052F Elbasan 100.0% U+010530..U+01056F Caucasian Albanian 100.0% U+010600..U+01077F Linear A 100.0% U+010800..U+01083F Cypriot Syllabary 100.0% U+010840..U+01085F Imperial Aramaic 100.0% U+010860..U+01087F Palmyrene 100.0% U+010880..U+0108AF Nabataean 100.0% U+0108E0..U+0108FF Hatran 100.0% U+010900..U+01091F Phoenecian 100.0% U+010920..U+01093F Lydian 100.0% U+010980..U+01099F Meroitic Hieroglyphs 100.0% U+0109A0..U+0109FF Meroitic Cursive 100.0% U+010A00..U+010A5F Kharoshthi 100.0% U+010A60..U+010A7F Old South Arabian 100.0% U+010A80..U+010A9F Old North Arabian 100.0% U+010AC0..U+010AFF Manichaean 100.0% U+010B00..U+010B3F Avestan 100.0% U+010B40..U+010B5F Inscriptional Parthian 100.0% U+010B60..U+010B7F Inscriptional Pahlavi 100.0% U+010B80..U+010BAF Psalter Pahlavi 100.0% U+010C00..U+010C4F Old Turkic 100.0% U+010C80..U+010CFF Old Hungarian 100.0% U+010E60..U+010E7F Rumi Numeral Symbols 100.0% U+011000..U+01107F Brahmi 100.0% U+011080..U+0110CF Kaithi 100.0% U+0110D0..U+0110FF Sora Sompeng 100.0% U+011100..U+01114F Chakma 100.0% U+011150..U+01117F Mahajani 100.0% U+011180..U+0111DF Sharada 100.0% U+0111E0..U+0111FF Sinhala Archaic Numbers 100.0% U+011200..U+01124F Khojki 100.0% U+011280..U+0112AF Multani 100.0% U+0112B0..U+0112FF Khudawadi 100.0% U+011300..U+01137F Grantha 100.0% U+011400..U+01147F Newa 100.0% U+011480..U+0114DF Tirhuta 100.0% U+011580..U+0115FF Siddham 100.0% U+011600..U+01165F Modi 100.0% U+011660..U+01167F Mongolian Supplement 100.0% U+011680..U+0116CF Takri 100.0% U+011700..U+01173F Ahom 100.0% U+0118A0..U+0118FF Warang Citi 100.0% U+011AC0..U+011AFF Pau Cin Hau 100.0% U+011C00..U+011C6F Bhaiksuki 100.0% U+011C70..U+011CBF Marchen 0.0% U+012000..U+0123FF Cuneiform* 0.0% U+012400..U+01247F Cuneiform Numbers and Punctuation* 0.0% U+012480..U+01254F Early Dynastic Cuneiform* 0.0% U+013000..U+01342F Egyptian Hieroglyphs* 0.0% U+014400..U+01467F Anatolian Hieroglyphs* 0.0% U+016800..U+0168BF Bamum Supplement* 100.0% U+016A40..U+016A6F Mro 100.0% U+016AD0..U+016AFF Bassa Vah 100.0% U+016B00..U+016B8F Pahawh Hmong 100.0% U+016F00..U+016F9F Miao 100.0% U+016FE0..U+016FFF Ideographic Symbols and Punctuation 0.0% U+017000..U+0187FF Tangut 0.0% U+018800..U+018AFF Tangut Components 100.0% U+01B000..U+01B0FF Kana Supplement 100.0% U+01BC00..U+01BC9F Duployan 100.0% U+01BCA0..U+01BCAF Shorthand Format Controls 100.0% U+01D000..U+01D0FF Byzantine Musical Symbols 100.0% U+01D100..U+01D1FF Musical Symbols 100.0% U+01D200..U+01D24F Ancient Greek Musical Notation 100.0% U+01D300..U+01D35F Tai Xuan Jing Symbols 100.0% U+01D360..U+01D37F Counting Rod Numerals 100.0% U+01D400..U+01D7FF Mathematical Alphanumeric Symbols 0.0% U+01D800..U+01DAAF Sutton SignWriting 100.0% U+01E000..U+01E02F Glagolitic Supplement 100.0% U+01E800..U+01E8DF Mende Kikakui 100.0% U+01E900..U+01E95F Adlam 100.0% U+01EE00..U+01EEFF Arabic Mathematical Alphabetic Symbols 100.0% U+01F000..U+01F02F Mahjong Tiles 100.0% U+01F030..U+01F09F Domino Tiles 100.0% U+01F0A0..U+01F0FF Playing Cards 100.0% U+01F100..U+01F1FF Enclosed Alphanumeric Supplement 100.0% U+01F200..U+01F2FF Enclosed Ideographic Supplement 100.0% U+01F300..U+01F5FF Miscellaneous Symbols and Pictographs 100.0% U+01F600..U+01F64F Emoticons 100.0% U+01F650..U+01F67F Ornamental Dingbats 100.0% U+01F680..U+01F6FF Transport and Map Symbols 100.0% U+01F700..U+01F77F Alchemical Symbols 100.0% U+01F780..U+01F7FF Geometric Shapes Extended 100.0% U+01F800..U+01F8FF Supplemental Arrows - C 100.0% U+01F900..U+01F9FF Supplemental Symbols and Pictographs
*Note: Scripts such as Cuneiform, Egyptian Hieroglyphs, and Bamum Supplement will not be drawn on a 16-by-16 pixel grid. There are plans to draw these scripts on a 32-by-32 pixel grid in the future.
Plane 14 has two scripts, both of which Unifont covers:
GNU Unifont Glyphs
|U+0E0100||U+0E01EF||Variations Selectors Supplement|
The list below shows the scripts that are in Michael Everson's ConScript Unicode Registry (CSUR) that have coverage in this release of Unifont:
GNU Unifont Glyphs
Private Use Area, Planes 0 and 15 — ConScript Unicode Registry
Initially I just posted my additions to Roman Czyborra's original unifont.hex file. Then in mid-January 2008, his website went down. So I started posting font updates here. Roman has encouraged me to continue with my additions.
Roman's website is now back online, and you can read his Unifont description and motivation for its creation on his website, along with his archive of Unifont's changes: http://czyborra.com/unifont.
TrueType Font Generation
Luis Alejandro González Miranda wrote a cool combination of scripts to convert GNU Unifont from .hex format into FontForge .sfd format, then to have FontForge convert this to a TrueType outline font (see the Unicode Utilities web page on this site for more information). Pixels are drawn as outlined squares, so they scale to all point sizes. This works well with GNOME; I haven't tried it with any other Unix windowing environment. I've removed the OpenType SBIT font link from this page because the outline font is much more flexible.
Luis has given me permission to modify his scripts to convert the latest GNU Unifont versions to TrueType. I've modified his original scripts to handle Unicode combining characters.
Wen Quan Yi: Spring of Letters (文泉驛 / 文泉驿)
The original Unifont CJK glyphs were replaced by new CJK glyphs from version 1.1 of Qianqian Fang's Unibit font. The Unibit font began as a combination of the original GNU Unifont glyphs and a basic CJK bitmap font placed in the public domain by the People's Republic of China. It adopted GNU Unifont's scheme of 8x16 and 16x16 glyphs. Qianqian Fang and many others then added about 10,000 more glyphs.
Qianqian states in the Unibit distribution: "The entire CJK Unified Ideographics (U4E00-U9FA5) and CJK Unified Ideographics Extension A(U3400-U4DB5) blocks were replaced by high-quality glyphs from China National Standard GB19966-2005 (public domain)." Qianqian also drew the new 22 CJK ideographs in the range U+9FA6..U+9FBB that appear in GNU Unifont.
Wen Quan Yi (WQY) means "spring of letters," as in a spring of water. This is an interesting choice of words, as the British spelling of "font" is "fount" (but still pronounced "font"). See his website for more details: http://wqy.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/enindex.cgi.
The following code points in the latest unifont.hex file are taken from the WQY Unibit font (with my additions to complete the U+3000..U+33FF range, particularly the missing Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji):
- U+2E80..U+2EFF: CJK Radicals Supplement
- U+2F00..U+2FDF: Kangxi Radicals
- U+2FF0..U+2FFF: Ideographic Description Characters
- U+3000..U+303F: CJK Symbols and Punctuation
- U+31C0..U+31EF: CJK Strokes
- U+3200..U+32FF: Enclosed CJK Letters and Months
- U+3300..U+33FF: CJK Compatibility
- U+3400..U+4DBF: CJK Unified Ideographs Extension A
- U+4E00..U+9FBF: CJK Unified Ideographs
- U+F900..U+FAFF: CJK Compatibility Ideographs
- U+FF00..U+FF60: Fullwidth Forms of Roman Letters
Qianqian has given his okay to add these CJK glyphs into GNU Unifont. Likewise, I've told him to incorporate any glyphs he wants from my contributions to GNU Unifont into his Unibit font.
All of the glyphs in the Supplemental Multilingual Plane that could easily be drawn in a 16-by-16 pixel grid have been drawn as of the Unifont 9.0.01 release. There are no plans to draw Tangut. A number of ConScript Unicode Registry (CSUR) scripts remain to be drawn. If you are interested in contributing glyphs to this effort, please contact me. All new contributions must be licensed under the same license as the rest of Unifont (in a nutshell, GPL 2+ with the GNU font embedding exception).
With the great work done by contributors in providing ConScript Unicode Registry (CSUR) glyphs, they are available in font files that have "_csur" in their name. Providing these fonts as alternates now requires creating four separate TrueType fonts. Given the resulting size of the current tarball, I have decided not to add a MUFI variant. Junicode works nicely for Medieval scholars, and is an outline font.