Identically to this question, I'm trying to use the amazing Frigerri CV template on Linux Mint 17 (which is based on Ubuntu)

The answer there points to the .cls file. But the file mentions three sans fonts of different weights.

I know there are a few Linux fonts which match Helvetica very closely (e.g. Nimbus Sans) but I can't work out how to get a light version and a bold version.

-\newfontfamily\bodyfont[]{Helvetica Neue}
-\newfontfamily\thinfont[]{Helvetica Neue UltraLight}
-\newfontfamily\headingfont[]{Helvetica Neue Condensed Bold}

How might I modify these lines to use Nimbus Sans with various weights?


Are there any Linux sans fonts with several weights like this?

  • I'm confused. The answer and comments there do, indeed, discuss sans fonts of different weights. So doesn't that answer your question concerning 'sans fonts with several weights'? Helvetica is sans. There are various Nimbus fonts. One is regularly used as a substitute for Times or Times New Roman i.e. serif. The TeX Gyre collection mentioned in the answer you linked to includes good substitutes for a range of serif and sans fonts. Anyway, please edit your question to clarify it. Right now I'm just really confused. The ADF collection includes several families with different weights.
    – cfr
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 23:59
  • Ooops. I meant Nimbus Sans, not Nimbus. Sorry for the confusion. I've updated the question.
    – LondonRob
    Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 13:36
  • I am not sure now what you mean by a 'Linux font'. I had assumed you meant fonts typically or frequently packaged for GNU/Linux distros. However, Nimbus Sans is a commercial font as far as I can tell and would not be packaged as part of a distro unless the distro licensed the fonts, which would be unusual and is certainly not likely to include Mint. Do you have the fonts? If so, there is no reason you can't use them, but the fact you are using Linux Mint is irrelevant in that case.
    – cfr
    Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 17:53
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Assuming you want serif fonts, since sans are already covered by the other question, you might like:

Although these are LaTeX packages, many of these are available in opentype format so can be easily used with fontspec. Note that the font catalogue does not always show all of the fonts in a family. For example, it doesn't show the range of weights in Venturis which is why I linked to the package documentation in that case instead:

Venturis ADF

You can download Venturis ADF in truetype or opentype format from Arkandis if your distro does not package them.


Here's how to use a font with various weights you find online.

I've used Source Code Pro as suggested by this comment under the question I linked to in the original post.

Download the font

You should get a zip file with a load of TTF and/or OTF files. If OTF exists, use these for everything that follows (here's why).

I got my font from SourceForge here.

Get the TTF/OTF files

Make a subdirectory called fonts inside the directory where friggeri-cv.cls is (or whatever class file you're using). Put all the ttf/otf files directly into this fonts directory.

Make reference to the new fonts

Remove all lines referring to Helvetica Neue and add these lines in their place:


\setmainfont[Mapping=tex-text, Color=textcolor, Path=fonts/]{SourceCodePro-Light}

Then do xelatex cv_10.tex and the pdf file will render. (I happen to think Source Code Pro doesn't look too hot, but these instructions will work for other fonts you find.

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    OK. So is this answered now? That's not what I thought you were asking, but it is your question, after all!
    – cfr
    Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 17:56
  • Yes, it's answered. Thanks @cfr for all your input.
    – LondonRob
    Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 22:32
  • You can accept your own answer to indicate this. (I don't think you get reputation. Well, probably you get +2. But it helps show people which questions need answers and which do not.)
    – cfr
    Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 22:37

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