Install BirdFont Font Editor 2.2.0 in Ubuntu


BirdFont font editor reached the 2.2.0 release on 09 Mar 2015. Here’s the changes and how-to-install/upgrade instructions.

BirdFont is a free font editor that lets you create vector graphics and export TTF, EOT & SVG fonts.

It is developed by Johan Mattsson with a good number of people contributing translations and patches. The editor is written in Vala and has around 50 000 lines of code.


  • 2.2.0:
    • Customizable guides
    • Bug fixes and many small UI improvements
  • 2.1.0:
    • A new spacing tab
    • Improved Beziér editing
    • Side bearing metrics in edit view
    • Key bindings for zoom in and zoom out in kerning tab
    • Bug fixes

How to Install/Upgrade Birdfont:

Birdfont is available in an unofficial PPA repository for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.04, and Linux Mint 17.

To add the PPA and install birdfont:

Open Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run below commands one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/birdfont

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install birdfont

Or you can download the binary packages directly from PPA web page.

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