Ubuntu (typeface)

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Not to be confused with an earlier typeface named Ubuntu-Title.
Ubuntu Font Family
Category Sans-serif
Classification Humanist sans-serif
Foundry Dalton Maag
License Ubuntu Font Licence

Ubuntu is an OpenType-based font family, designed to be a modern, humanist-style typeface[1] by London-based type foundry Dalton Maag, with funding by Canonical Ltd. The font was under development for nearly nine months, with only a limited initial release through a beta program, until September 2010. It was then that it became the new default font of the Ubuntu operating system in Ubuntu 10.10.[2][3] Its designers include Vincent Connare, creator of the classic font Comic Sans.[4]

The Ubuntu font family is licensed under the Ubuntu Font Licence.[5]

History and features

The font was first introduced in October 2010 with the release of Ubuntu 10.10 in four versions Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic in English. With the release of Ubuntu 11.04 in April, 2011 additional fonts and expanded language coverage were introduced.[6][7] The final development is intended to include a total of thirteen fonts consisting of:

The monospace version, used in terminals, was initially planned to ship with Ubuntu 11.04. However it was delayed and instead shipped with Ubuntu 11.10 as the default system monospace font.[8]

The font is fully Unicode compliant and contains Latin A and B extended character sets, Greek polytonic, and Cyrillic extended. In addition, it has become the first native operating system font to include the Indian rupee sign.[9] The font has been designed primarily for use on screen displays, and its spacing and kerning is optimised for body copy sizes.[6][10]


The Ubuntu Font Family is the default font for the current and development releases of the Ubuntu operating system and is used for the Ubuntu project branding.[5]

The Ubuntu Font Family has been included in the Google Fonts directory, making it easily available for web typography,[11] and as of April 26, 2011 it is included for use in Google Docs.[12]

Ubuntu Monospace was prominently used in the 2014 video game Transistor.[13][14]

Ubuntu bold-italic is also used in the bitcoin logotype, alongside the bitcoin symbol.[15][16]

Ubuntu Font Licence

Ubuntu Font License
Publisher Canonical Ltd.
DFSG compatible No[17]
FSF approved No
OSI approved No

The Ubuntu Font Licence is an "interim"[18] license designed for the Ubuntu Font Family, which has used the license since version 0.68.[5] The license is based on the SIL Open Font License.[19]

The Ubuntu Font Licence allows the fonts to be "used, studied, modified and redistributed freely" given that the license terms are met. The license is copyleft and all derivative works must be distributed under the same license. Documents that use the fonts are not required to be licensed under the Ubuntu Font Licence.[20]

See also


  1. Light: the new look of Ubuntu
  2. New Ubuntu font lands in Maverick for all users
  3. The Ubuntu Font Family Is Now Available In Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat (Officially)
  4. Peters, Yves. "Ampersand Conference 2011 Focuses on Web Typography". Font Feed. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 ttf-ubuntu-font-family package in Ubuntu 10.10 "maverick" archives
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Ubuntu Font Family
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Sneddon, Joey (August 2011). "Condensed Variant of Ubuntu Font Debuts". OMG Ubuntu. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  8. Sladen, Paul. Thanks a billion! Ubuntu on Google Webfonts. Canonical Design blog. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  9. MaverickMeerkat ReleaseNotes
  10. Launchpad – Ubuntu Font Family
  11. Ubuntu Font Family – Google Web Fonts
  12. "Bug #771443 Wishlist: Please add Ubuntu to Google Docs". bugs.launchpad.net. 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  13. "I'm working on a Transistor theme for Android, tell me what you think!". 24 May 2014. Yea, there's 3 fonts used in the game. The terminals use Raleway and Ubuntu Mono, and the big OVC at the top uses Julius Sans One. 
  14. "For anyone curious, the UI typeface is called Raleway.". 28 May 2014. the OVC text is written in Ubuntu Mono: … Use of Ubuntu Mono is a really cool detail, considering that in real life Open Voting Consortium terminals are running on Linux. 
  15. "How to create a “Bitcoin accepted here” button?". 17 September 2014. The font is Ubuntu Bold Italic for the text. 
  16. "What font does Bitcoin use?". Retrieved 12 December 2014. The logo Bitcoin uses the Ubuntu Bold Italic font. 
  17. "Bug #769874 Naming restrictions in UFL considered non-free by Debian". bugs.launchpad.net. 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  18. Shuttleworth, Mark. "Something New and Beautiful: Ubuntu, distilled, in type". Mark Shuttleworth blog. Retrieved 14 February 2015. So we came to the compromise of an interim license, which you can find at bzr branch lp:ubuntu-font-licence. While licence proliferation sucks, I’m optimistic we’ll converge in due course. 
  19. Differences between OFL and Ubuntu Font Licence
  20. The Ubuntu Font Licence – Version 1.0

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