India has recently introduced a new symbol for its currency, the Indian rupee -- see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_rupee_sign. How can I typeset this in TeX / LaTeX?

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    They say it might take around 18 months, to get into Unicode.
    – Ujjwol
    Aug 31, 2010 at 14:02

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Linux Libertine v4.8.4 already supports the new rupee sign. From the changelog:

Changes to version 4.8.0 regular(-) & italic(/) & capitals (C) (20100430)


  • new Indian Rupee symbol uni20A8
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    Wow! That's fast (the font makers, that is). Aug 3, 2010 at 11:24
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    Note that U+20A8 may have been an ill-advised choice to put the new rupee sign, as it is the code point for the old rupee sign, that looks like “Rs”. If the proposal to add it to Unicode goes through (std.dkuug.dk/jtc1/sc2/wg2/docs/n3862.pdf), and it most likely will, it should get position U+20B9. Aug 3, 2010 at 18:45

Today the package tfrupee has been released on CTAN, providing LaTeX support for the techfat font containing the Indian rupee. It's been converted to Adobe Type 1 format.


See this page for all details: http://www.csa.iisc.ernet.in/~uday/rupee-latex.html

Here are the key steps.

  1. Download the tfrupee package available at CTAN. It's a 1.5 MB zip file named tfrupee.zip.
  2. Run the following to install tfrupee.

    unzip tfrupee.zip  
    cd tfrupee/  
    sudo cp -rv fonts/type1/tfrupee/ /usr/share/texmf/fonts/type1/  
    sudo cp -rv fonts/afm/tfrupee/ /usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/  
    sudo cp -rv fonts/tfm/tfrupee/ /usr/share/texmf/fonts/tfm/  
    sudo cp -rv fonts/map/dvips/tfrupee/ /usr/share/texmf/fonts/map/dvips/  
    sudo cp -rv fonts/source/tfrupee/ /usr/share/texmf/fonts/source/  
    sudo cp -rv tex/latex/tfrupee/ /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/  
    sudo texhash  
    sudo updmap-sys --enable Map=tfrupee.map
  3. Test it with this simple tex file.


With pdflatex, or latex/dvips, you shouldn't see any messages from tex about inability to create bitmap fonts for tfrupee.

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    Thanks for your answer but it should be mostly self-contained and not just contain a link to an external site. Such links can break over time. It would be best you list here the basic part of the linked solution. Apr 27, 2011 at 7:59
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    Note that code in lists must be indented by 8 spaces. Apr 29, 2011 at 9:39
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    This is in texlive-fonts-extra in Debian wheezy (stable) TeX Live 2012. Aug 12, 2013 at 18:13

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