Fix missing fonts in Inkscape on Mac

  • By Christopher Kielty, last updated September 07, 2016
  • Filed under: Inkscape

If you have recently installed Inkscape in Mac OS X, you might be wondering where all the darn fonts are. Being the impressively capable, free, cross platform vector graphics app that it is, it’s probably foolish to expect Inkscape to work out of the box every time without a single issue.

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To fix this problem, you will need to recompile Inkscape from source… Just kidding! It’s actually a very simple fix. To get a font to show up in Inkscape running on OS X, it apparently needs to be located in /Library/Fonts. There may be other locations where Inkscape looks for fonts. This is just what worked for me. My computer is running OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

/Library/Fonts is typically hidden and probably for good reason. Please be very careful not to change any other files inside this directory. Doing so could cause your computer to stop working.

Open up Finder and hit Command + Shift + G. In the dialog that appears, type `/Library/Fonts` and hit enter. Voila! Copy whatever fonts you want to use with Inkscape into this folder.

Go to folder dialog in OS X 10.9

Alternatively, you can access this dialog using the menu in Finder. Select Go then select Go to Folder from the drop down.

In Finder Select Go then Go to Folder

Inkscape should have no problem finding fonts in /Library/Fonts. If you are still having problems, consider checking that there isn’t something wrong with the font file itself. To the best of my knowledge, a recent version of Inkscape should do just fine with TrueType, OpenType, and Type1 fonts.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Inkscape 0.91

OS X Yosemite installing a font using Font Book

Inkscape 0.91 running on OS X 10.10 Yosemite seems to do just fine with fonts installed using the built in Font Book. Simply double click on the font file and click Install Font in the Font Book window that should pop open.

I recently installed the very good Anonymous Pro this way. Font Book copied the appropriate files to ~/Library/Fonts.

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