Using XeLaTeX, how can I use a font that I have downloaded in a folder, but have not installed on my system? I have tried to specify the path in setmainfont{Path = C:/MyFolder/MyFonts/, but I receive the error message fontspec error: "font-not-found"

Based on what I have found googling, I have tried these options, but they all give the same error message:

\setmainfont{Path = C:/MyFolder/MyFonts/}{LinLibertine_Rah.ttf}
\setmainfont{Path = C:/MyFolder/MyFonts/LinLibertine_Rah.ttf}
\setmainfont{Path = C:/MyFolder/MyFonts/}{LinLibertine}
\setmainfont{Path = C:/MyFolder/MyFonts/LinLibertine}
\setmainfont{Path = C:/MyFolder/MyFonts/}{Linux Libertine}
\setmainfont{Path = C:/MyFolder/MyFonts/Linux Libertine}
\setmainfont[Path = C:/MyFolder/MyFonts/]{LinLibertine_Rah.ttf}
\setmainfont[Path = C:/MyFolder/MyFonts/LinLibertine_Rah.ttf]
\setmainfont[Path = C:/MyFolder/MyFonts/]{LinLibertine}
\setmainfont[Path = C:/MyFolder/MyFonts/LinLibertine]
\setmainfont[Path = C:/MyFolder/MyFonts/]{Linux Libertine}
\setmainfont[Path = C:/MyFolder/MyFonts/Linux Libertine]
  • Shouldn't path in Windows be using backslashes as directory delimiters? Should it be C:\MyFolder\Myfonts\ ?
    – ArTourter
    Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 21:56
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    I tried (on win xp with miktex 2.9.) \setmainfont[Path = J:/Install/Schriften/]{Inconsolata.otf} and the font was found. Are your folders really called "MyFolder" and "MyFonts" or do the real names contain things like space or unusual chars which could lead to problems? Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 9:16
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    I've stopped using spaces in names of folders and files, and replaced them with underscores. It turns out that was what XeTeX couldn't read. Once I removed the underscores, it worked.
    – Sverre
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 14:15
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    @Sverre: Don't edit the answer into the question. Leave the original question and add the answer with the "Your answer" form below. Answering your own questions is explicitly encouraged.
    – Caramdir
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 15:53
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    @ArTourter: For many years, Windows accepts paths with /. Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 20:00

2 Answers 2


Based on the comments and suggestions I received, I'm providing the solution here.

\setmainfont[   Path              = C:/MyStuff/Fonts/LinLibertineTTF/,
                Extension         = .ttf,
                BoldFont          = LinLibertine_RBah,
                ItalicFont        = LinLibertine_RIah,
                BoldItalicFont    = LinLibertine_RBIah,
                SmallCapsFeatures = {Letters = SmallCaps},
                Numbers           = OldStyle

Avoid spaces and underscores in your path.


Did you try to change the first set of curly brackets to square brackets? That is:


See Fontspec documentation v2.2b, pp. 7–8.

  • I've tried it now - and added the attempts to my question.
    – Sverre
    Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 20:51
  • @Sverre It may be that fontspec does not parse windows-like path specifications. The following example works on my linux box. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} \defaultfontfeatures{Mapping=tex-text} \setmainfont[ExternalLocation=./randomFolder/]{ZnikomitNo24} \begin{document} Text. \end{document}
    – Ekin
    Commented Jul 18, 2012 at 21:12
  • @Sverre I agree with Ekin. Presumably if you have a file at C:/MyFolder/MyFonts/LinLibertine_Rah.ttf then your (currently) 7th example should have worked. Your other attempts are largely gibberish. Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 5:42

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