1. Introduction
  2. Choose font
  3. Run xterm
  4. ~/.Xdefaults file
  5. Credits


The purpose of this document is to guide you on how to make xterm use a truetype font.

Choose font

First pick a font you like, from this list:

$ fc-list | col | sort | less

Note: A nice font set is Liberation. It can be found in fonts/liberation-ttf.

Run xterm

Then type:

xterm -fa 'Liberation Mono' -fs 10

~/.Xdefaults file

If you want xterm to use these font settings by default, you may add the following lines in your ~/.Xdefaults file:

XTerm*faceName: Liberation Mono
XTerm*faceSize: 10


This articled is based on a post in the BSD nexus forum.