VT323 Font
Font Name:VT323
Developer:Peter Hull
Category:Bitmap > Pixel
Glyphs:196 glyphs / 209 characters
License:SIL Open Font License
Downloads:9 total (0 this week)
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This font was created from the glyphs of the DEC VT320 text terminal, which I used in college, and for which I have retained an unaccountable nostalgia.

I used a variety of tools, including Gimp, Python/PIL, and of course, FontForge. The VT320 glyphs were designed with a nonrectangular pixel aspect ratio to fit the way the terminal scanned the CRT, so for this VT323 variation I had Python munge the locations and attempt to emulate the way the electron beam actually illuminated the phosphor and smeared the pixels horizontally on the terminal's CRT, so it looks more like what the actual glyph looked like on the screen. Python then drew the proper pixels into a 1:1 pixel grid as a monochrome PNG, which FontForge autoscanned into outlines. I have attempted to support most of the glyphs available on the VT320, but that is a limited set to begin with, so please don't be disappointed that I haven't supported Esperanto or Riograndenser Hunsr├╝ckisch or whatever.

There is another earlier variation called "VT321" that uses a more standard 1:1 pixel drawing technique, if you want to grab that as well. I personally like VT323 better, and actually use it as my terminal font when cruising on the command line.

VT323 Font Character Map

VT323 font contains 209 defined characters and 196 unique glyphs. The font contains characters from the following unicode character ranges: Basic Latin (93), Latin-1 Supplement (96), Mathematical Operators (3), Box Drawing (11), Block Elements (4), Miscellaneous Symbols (1).


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License Information & Download

VT323 is a bitmap, pixel font designed by Peter Hull. The font is licensed under SIL Open Font License. The font is free for both personel and commercial usages, modification and distribution. In doubt please refer to the readme file in the font package or contact the designer directly.

The font is also available as a webfont at Google Fonts.

The zip archive contains the following files:

  • › OFL.txt
  • › VT323-Regular.ttf
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