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How to get i3wm font anti-aliasing?

asked 2012-07-01 16:42:20 +0000

lkraav gravatar image

updated 2012-07-02 20:08:42 +0000

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FAQ 4.2 states "i3 uses X core fonts (not Xft) for rendering window titles". My research shows antialiasing (and other visually nifty stuff) can only be achieved by coding against Xft. Am I correct in understanding that i3wm would have to be refactored to get antialiased fonts?

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answered 2012-07-01 17:06:04 +0000

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There is preliminary support for Xft fonts in i3 and i3bar in form of a patch by fernandotcl. We will have a look at merging it into i3 in the next month or so, so stay tuned ;).

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Just noticed that the patch made it into the next branch. Thanks, seems to work great so far.

Klaas gravatar imageKlaas ( 2012-08-30 14:38:58 +0000 )edit

Yes, this is working great on 4.3.

lkraav gravatar imagelkraav ( 2012-10-24 13:09:55 +0000 )edit

answered 2012-07-02 16:14:18 +0000

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updated 2012-07-02 16:14:42 +0000

There is a user package available for arch linux that includes a patch for pango support:

I previously extracted the patch by fernandotcl from the mailing list and patched it myself, but recently this package came along. I'm not sure whether that's the same patch.

To use Xft you have to set the font in the i3 config like this:

font xft:Droid Sans Mono 10
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