FontForge on GNU+Linux and other Unices
Most GNU+Linux distributions have packages for FontForge, but these are often quite outdated. If you want the latest FontForge, these are your options:
AppImage is a binary format that has improved to the point where it is generally usable by all GNU+Linux users.
With each release, we compile an AppImage. The latest is 2020-11-07.
We recommend all users use this method to get the latest release if their distribution has not yet provided it. The Ubuntu PPA, and similar distribution-specific build platforms that put the onus on us, are deprecated and not to be used.
From distribution-specific build recipe
Some distributions provide a collection of build recipes which can simplify building on them. On Arch Linux this is called a
PKGBUILD and one way they are distributed is via the Arch User Repository (AUR): it may be simpler to install
fontforge-git via the AUR if you are an Arch user.
- FreeBSD has a FontForge port in its ports tree.
- netbsd builds for various architectures (alpha, i386, ppc, sparc, x86_64) are available.
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