I want to use the free Garamond for LaTeX and found the mathdesign-Package.

Now I have to install the nessecary font-files like it is described in the readme-document:

You can find these free text fonts on CTAN:

CTAN directory of Adobe Utopia : fonts/utopia
CTAN directory of URW Garamond : nonfree/fonts/urw/garamond
CTAN directory of Bitstream Charter : fonts/charter

I searched a lot for these files but couldn't find anything that looks like something useable.

Could you please lighten my mind?

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    Which distribution and which OS do you have?
    – Bernard
    Aug 8, 2016 at 16:59
  • I use MikTeX 2.9 on Windows 10 Aug 9, 2016 at 8:13

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Under MiKTeX, you'll have to:

  1. Create a local TeXMF directory, say LocalTeXMF. This is where you should put local additions which are not part of the distribution.
  2. Register it as ‘Root’ with MiKTeX Settings, both as administrator and as user:enter image description here
  3. Download from the CTAN fonts directory the contents of the ./URW.Garamond subdirectory. You don't need the readme_garamond nor the ugmfnst.zip files.
  4. Install the 4 .afm files in LocalTeXMF\fonts\afm\urw\garamond. Likewise install the 4 pfb files in LocalTeXMF\fonts\type1\urw\garamond. The pfm files are not necessary: they're binary versions of the .afm files used by Windows. Should you install them, they would be naturally be in LocalTeXMF\fonts\pfm\urw\garamond.
  5. Unzip ugm.zip at the root of LocalTeXMF. You don't need the dvips directory (the relevant file is already contained in mathdesign).
  6. Update the FNDB.
  7. Run from the command line updmap --admin --verbose, to update the database of Postscript fonts.

That's all (!!!).

However, I would recommend to install, from MiKTeX Package Manager (as administrator) the garamondx package, which is an extension of URW Garamond No8 containing real smallcaps (in regular, italic, bold and bold italic variants), old-style numbers and full system of f-ligatures. To use them within mathdesign, you have to write in your preamble:


In this case, all you have to do is to run updmap as before, after installation.

  • Thanks for that detailled information! In deed I had to install the pfb-files for not getting errors ;-) But now everything works fine! Aug 10, 2016 at 9:00

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