This question continues a question on using True Type Fonts with LaTex (exactly - pdfLatex) asked before. As it follows from the answer, to use any True Type Font in LaTeX one should

  • either use the fontspec package and compile the document with either xelatex or lualatex;
  • or convert the ttf font to Type 1 and make it available to TeX (which requires considerable work).

Although the first option seems preferable, the resulting document compiled with lualatex becomes unusable for scientific purposes, as explained elsewhere. That means that if one wants to change the font, the second option is for now the only available for scientists.

At the same time, as mentioned in the same the answer, the process of converting a ttf font to a Type 1 one is rather tedious. It would then be nice to have a package or a web page with not all, but at least some other fonts already converted to Type 1 and readily usable in TeX.

My question is finally whether such package/webpage exists created by those who succeeded in conversion (Google showed none)? Or no one has ever succeeded??

I understand that there may exist copyright issues for some fonts (which would hamper the creation of such a package for them), but it should not be the case for all the fonts.

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    You don't need to convert the fonts to type 1, pdflatex can use ttf fonts, also such a conversion is rather easy e.g. with fontforge. But you must create tfm and other helper files - and this is the tedious part. See e.g. tug.org/pipermail/pdftex/2008-November/007910.html. If you are looking specifically for calibri I can't help you. For other fonts I would check CTAN. Various new fonts have been uploaded lately. Commented Dec 6, 2014 at 18:36
  • Also, don't overgeneralize. Arxiv ≠ science. You can use xelatex and lualatex and still be a scientist.
    – Sverre
    Commented Dec 6, 2014 at 19:51
  • If you are sending to ArXiv or indeed any other journal then you presumably shouldn't be messing about with non-standard fonts at all: is there more context here?
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented Dec 6, 2014 at 20:59
  • @Sverre Don't take it litterally. We all know that LaTeX ≠ science as well. By the way, do you know any scientitfic journal accepting xelatex or lualatex usage?
    – Dr_Zaszuś
    Commented Dec 6, 2014 at 23:16
  • @JosephWright You are right about journals. But I just wish to have the same LaTeX workflow for journal submissions, arXiv articles and other usages. To keep it simple, you know.
    – Dr_Zaszuś
    Commented Dec 6, 2014 at 23:19

2 Answers 2


You can use the otftotfm software to convert .ttf fonts to the necessary TeX font files.


Actually, I have found out that a good collection of LaTeX fonts can be found here. The links to CTAN and installation recommendations are also provided. Apparently, it will be hard to find the Calibri font on the Internet since it is a proprietary one, but other similar fonts can be found on the web-catalogue mentioned above.

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