I used to be able to create R graphs with texlive's bera .pfb font on macos. Alas, somewhere along the line, it stopped working. (I am asking in https://stackoverflow.com/questions/53089029/using-texlive-fonts-in-r-plots-on-macos about R.) I also liked to use Bera elsewhere.

has someone figured out how to make the Bera .pfb font available to other macos apps (incl but not only R)?

PS: it's not far off topic to have a few fonts that work seamlessly inside and outside TeX.


According to the README file, the true type versions of the Bera fonts (the original Bitstream Vera fonts, as Ulrike Fischer already pointed out) are part of the GNOME project:

"Bera" is a set of three PostScript Type1 font families: Bera Serif (a slab-serif Roman), Bera Sans (a Frutiger descendant), and Bera Mono (monospaced/typewriter). The fonts were originally designed by Bitstream, Inc in TrueType format under the name "Bitstream Vera". These fonts are available from http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/ttf-bitstream-vera/1.10/.

You can download them here:


Unzip and install as usual.

Or, if you are have homebrew installed, you can tap into the fonts repository with:

brew tap homebrew/cask-fonts

and then simply call:

brew cask install font-bitstream-vera
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    addendum: one needs to run ` brew tap homebrew/cask-fonts` once. – ivo Welch Nov 2 '18 at 18:48
  • @ivoWelch right! will add that to the answer, thanks – DG' Nov 2 '18 at 20:18

the easiest way to install for macos in general is to use


and convert the pfb font files to otf font files. double-clicking on the otf files installs them in the mac os fontbook.

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    bera is a version of Bitstream Vera. – Ulrike Fischer Nov 1 '18 at 20:52

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