I would like to use an .otf Font for my document which I typeset in ConTeXt MKiV. Sadly I was not able to change the font. I set export OSFONTDIR="/usr/local/share/fonts;$HOME/.fonts and ran mtxrun --script fonts --reload

To query the database worked fine for the fonts I have installed.

Where it comes to a halt are the typescripts. I use (at the begin of the same file as the rest of the document)

\starttypescript [sans] [delicious] 
  \definefontsynonym [sans]           [name:delicious]


And I only get the Computer Modern Font.

Sorry if the question is pretty noob-ish, but I did try several times with different fonts and read the Documentation in the Wiki as well. But some examples I can't get to work and some state that the examples are outdated (e.g. TypeScripts). What would help me?

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    The easiest way is to use the simplefonts module: \usemodule[simplefonts] \setmainfont[Delicious]
    – Marco
    Jun 1, 2012 at 14:58
  • Thanks. I'll give it a try, though I'd like to learn about the typescript way too.
    – JanD
    Jun 1, 2012 at 15:36

1 Answer 1


As I mentioned in my comment, you can use the simplefonts module, which is an easy way to get fonts working in ConTeXt. It's as simple as this:

\usemodule   [simplefonts]
\setmainfont [Delicious]

Or you can use typescripts, which is a more flexible way. Here is a very simple typescript:

\starttypescriptcollection [delicious]
  \starttypescript [sans] [delicious] [name]
    \definefontsynonym [Sans]           [name:deliciousroman] [features=default]
    \definefontsynonym [SansBold]       [Sans]                [features=default]
    \definefontsynonym [SansItalic]     [Sans]                [features=default]
    \definefontsynonym [SansBoldItalic] [Sans]                [features=default]

  \starttypescript [delicious]
    \definetypeface [\typescriptone] [rm] [serif] [modern]    [default]
    \definetypeface [\typescriptone] [ss] [sans]  [delicious] [default]
    \definetypeface [\typescriptone] [tt] [mono]  [modern]    [default]
    \definetypeface [\typescriptone] [mm] [math]  [modern]    [default]

Now you can use your font like this:

\setupbodyfont [delicious, sans]
  \input ward

For a more advanced typescript look at my answer to the question “Activating ligatures with typescript in ConTeXt”. Also relevant might be the answer to How do I use a particular font for a small section of text in my document?

It is also a good idea to study the typescripts that come with the ConTeXt distrubution. The files are named type-imp-<font>.mkiv. It's not that hard to adapt one of those to your needs and you have something to start with.

  • For some reason, this script you provided did not work for me, but the one at wiki.contextgarden.net/exljbris_typescript did do the job.
    – JanD
    Jun 3, 2012 at 10:59
  • Has \setmainfont been replaced with \definefontfamily? For example, \definefontfamily[mf][serif][TeX Gyre Termes]? Apr 25, 2020 at 23:56

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