Apparently, installing fonts manually (by converting them to fd files and so on) on LaTeX is a bit of a hassle. But still, I would like to be able to use fonts other than the standard Computer Modern (although it is a nice font).

So what fonts can I use without having to install them manually? By this I mean, which fonts are installed by standard, and which fonts can I access by including a package?


Have a look on the LaTeX Font Catalogue and also the fonts directory on CTAN for a list of available fonts. Many of them can be loaded like packages. I only have experience with cm-super and lmodern.

  • Yes, this was exactly what I was looking for! Thank you! – gablin Feb 11 '11 at 15:16
  1. You can use every font you want if you change the engine to xelatex. With fontspec you can easily use every font installed in your system.

  2. There are scripts like installfont that will create the support files for your fonts if you want to stay with (pdf)latex.

  3. The fonts section in the TeX catalogue by topic might be a good starting point what fonts are already available in your TeX distribution.


If you are not really familar with the font handling for pdftex it is absolutely no fun to build the files for pdftex support. However, a list of available fonts with an existing LaTeX support is the one from Stephan Hennig, which is only available in german.

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