Beautiful fonts improve Arch Linux

This is what I do when I install Arch Linux to improve the fonts.

You may consider the following settings to improve your fonts for system-wide usage without installing a patched font library packages (eg. Infinality):

  • Install some fonts, for example:
    sudo pacman -S ttf-dejavu ttf-liberation noto-fonts
  • Enable font presets by creating symbolic links:
    sudo ln -s /etc/fonts/conf.avail/70-no-bitmaps.conf /etc/fonts/conf.d
    sudo ln -s /etc/fonts/conf.avail/10-sub-pixel-rgb.conf /etc/fonts/conf.d
    sudo ln -s /etc/fonts/conf.avail/11-lcdfilter-default.conf /etc/fonts/conf.d

The above will disable embedded bitmap for all fonts, enable sub-pixel RGB rendering, and enable the LCD filter which is designed to reduce colour fringing when subpixel rendering is used.

  • Enable FreeType subpixel hinting mode by editing:
  • Uncomment the desired mode at the end:
    export FREETYPE_PROPERTIES="truetype:interpreter-version=40"

For font consistency, all applications should be set to use the serif, sans-serif, and monospace aliases, which are mapped to particular fonts by fontconfig.

  • Create /etc/fonts/local.conf with following:
    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
            <edit mode="prepend" name="family"><string>Noto Sans</string></edit>
        <match target="pattern">
            <test qual="any" name="family"><string>serif</string></test>
            <edit name="family" mode="assign" binding="same"><string>Noto Serif</string></edit>
        <match target="pattern">
            <test qual="any" name="family"><string>sans-serif</string></test>
            <edit name="family" mode="assign" binding="same"><string>Noto Sans</string></edit>
        <match target="pattern">
            <test qual="any" name="family"><string>monospace</string></test>
            <edit name="family" mode="assign" binding="same"><string>Noto Mono</string></edit>
  • Set your font settings to match above in your DE system settings.

Note: You can use a font family of your choice, other than Noto fonts.

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