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Mostafa Gaafar
Mostafa Gaafar

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I Built a Site for the Best Coding Fonts

I'm always looking for a coding font that looks great with my favorite editor theme and language. Searching for coding fonts has been a pain since there is no way to see how a font will look until you download and install the font, then change your editor to use it.

Enter Dev Fonts

devfonts.gafi.dev is a list of the best coding fonts I could find around, along with an interactive preview where you can change the preview theme, code language, or the code sample for the preview.

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My current favorite font is Cascadia Code. What is yours?

The source code for the site is on github

PRs for missing fonts are welcome, check the notes here

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Jason C. McDonald • Edited

Nice! Thanks for building this.

My favorite coding font is Hack, but I don't see it!

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Mostafa Gaafar

Added it. Thanks!

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Will Adams • Edited

Hack for me too. Nerd patched.

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Achilles Moraites

Thanks for sharing!
My favorite font is JetBrains Mono :)

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Amir Hameed • Edited

How about a Vote feature, or a Like feature to bring up figures of most liked or used font(s)?

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Mostafa Gaafar

It'd be great but it comes with the complexity of managing a backend or a service for authentication & storage. Do you know a simple way to implement it?

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Benjamin Bromberg

Great tool! Like many others I found my way to JetBrains Mono but alternatives are always good to have.

For simple backend features hooking up firebase or amplify might be simple enough and probably free.

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Amir Hameed

I understand. I shall look for a way to do that in a simple way. If you need my help, let me know.

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Denis Lapi • Edited

Nice work, I really like it!! :)
I played a bit around with the app. What do you think about having two fonts/column per row maybe?
It will increases the possibility to compare more fonts with less scrolls.
Something like this: prnt.sc/rzxqs3

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Heiko Kanzler πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί • Edited

Great one. Glad to see that I am not the only one who loves to have a great looking font in my Editor.
One feature suggestion: support the preview of italics as-well.

My current favorite is JetBrains Mono.
May I recommend to add Input Mono aswell? It's also a very thought coding font.

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Davey Jacobson

Input Mono was my go-to until JetBrains Mono came along.

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Gert Van de Ven

Great job Mostafa! I was actually trying to figure out which font to use on my new laptop. This helps a lot to get a great overview.

Some feedback:

  • It took me a few seconds to figure out the compare mode
  • When a name is filtered, and compare is on especially, I was wondering why it only showed me one. This might be the preferred behavior, but got me confused.
  • When switching between themes, it always flashes to white in between.

Other than that! Awesome work, keep it up!

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Maximilian Burszley

It took me a while, but when it added ligatures, it became my go-to: Iosevka

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Theodoros Orfanidis

Nice! There's a few fonts missing:
Input Mono: input.fontbureau.com/
Fantasque Sans Mono: github.com/belluzj/fantasque-sans

A useful addition would be the languages/scripts supported. Most of them cover Latin, but there are fonts that support Cyrillic, Greek, etc.

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Mostafa Gaafar

I can't keep up with all the font requests, feel free to open a PR if you want github.com/Gaafar/dev-fonts/blob/m...

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Nicholas Cloud

This is awesome, and makes me happy.

Just a reminder, if you use Homebrew on OSX there is a font cask from which many of these can be installed: github.com/Homebrew/homebrew-cask-...

And likewise, if you use scoop for Windows: github.com/matthewjberger/scoop-ne...

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Sibusiso Dlamini

I don't know the name of the font but its sublime text-default. There is just something about the sublime setup that appeals to my taste which is why its my favourite text editor. I can't explain but it makes my code look juicy or saturated unlike most themes which are often dry like VS codes default themes. But that's just my opinion :)

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Abdallah Yashir

Thank you for the site :)
I am currently using JetBrains Mono.
How can I download the Lilex?
IBM Flex Mono with ligatures would be amazing.

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Mostafa Gaafar

You can download Lilex from its github releases page github.com/mishamyrt/Lilex/releases

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Jose Cerrejon

Cascadia Code is like the paid font OperatorMono. Thanks for share!.

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Moslem

Thanks. my favorite one is 'JetBrains Mono'

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Muhimen

I just use Comic Sans. It's awesome! I can stare at it for a long time(when I don't find the bug)

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Stokry

AwesomeπŸ˜€