# set the font family for lstlisting

I have the following set up for my listings :

\lstset{basicstyle=\footnotesize,breaklines=true}
\lstset{framextopmargin=50pt,frame=bottomline}


I would like to change the font family to Courier. How can I enable this?

• Why not just use a monospaced font like \ttfamily (from Computer Modern)?
– Werner
Nov 4, 2011 at 20:44
• @Werner I am sorry but I am not following you here. You might have got that I am newbie :s Nov 4, 2011 at 20:45
• It is recommendable to take a look at Section 4.6 of the listings manual. Nov 4, 2011 at 20:51
• @tugberk: See @Peter's answer. basicstyle=\ttfamily prints the listing content using \ttfamily - a monospaced font.
– Werner
Nov 4, 2011 at 20:52
• @Werner what does ttfamily actually do here? To me, just a miracle happen there. I didn't say the you can use the courier. I just put the ttfamily there. Nov 4, 2011 at 20:55

With \usepackage{courier} in your preamble you can use the courier font in the listings as follows:

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage{listings}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{courier}

\lstset{basicstyle=\footnotesize\ttfamily,breaklines=true}
\lstset{framextopmargin=50pt,frame=bottomline}

\begin{document}
\begin{lstlisting}
a b c
\end{lstlisting}
\lipsum[1]
\end{document}


The \usepackage{courier} in the preamble causes \ttfamily to produce output in the courier font. Without including this package, you can still use \ttfamily to get a mono spaced font by including that as part of the basicstyle=... setting.

• Wouldn't this solution affect the fonts of the entire document? Or am I missing something? Sep 5, 2019 at 15:27
• @AdrianKeister: Did you try running the MWE? Sep 5, 2019 at 16:11

Modify your basicstyle to include the font family:

\lstset{basicstyle=\ttfamily\footnotesize,breaklines=true}

• This is far better solution especially for XeLaTeX.
– 71GA
Jun 20, 2017 at 8:26
• Agreed. This works great, and is the simplest option. Sep 5, 2019 at 15:27
• This proved to be a far better answer as it does not impact the whole document. Sep 26, 2019 at 15:46