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xlsfonts – server font list displayer for X


xlsfonts [-display host:dpy] [-l] [-ll] [-lll] [-m] [-C] [-1] [-w
width] [-n columns] [-u] [-o] [-fn pattern]


xlsfonts lists the fonts that match the given pattern. The wildcard
character “*” may be used to match any sequence of characters (includ‐
ing none), and “?” to match any single character. If no pattern is
given, “*” is assumed.

The “*” and “?” characters must be quoted to prevent them from being
expanded by the shell.


-display host:dpy
This option specifies the X server to contact.

-d host:dpy
Same as -display host:dpy.

-l Lists some attributes of the font on one line in addition to its

-ll Lists font properties in addition to -l output.

-lll Lists character metrics in addition to -ll output.

-m This option indicates that long listings should also print the
minimum and maximum bounds of each font.

-C This option indicates that listings should use multiple columns.
This is the same as -n 0.

-1 This option indicates that listings should use a single column.
This is the same as -n 1.

-w width
This option specifies the width in characters that should be
used in figuring out how many columns to print. The default is

-n columns
This option specifies the number of columns to use in displaying
the output. By default, it will attempt to fit as many columns
of font names into the number of character specified by -w

-u This option indicates that the output should be left unsorted.

-o This option indicates that xlsfonts should do an OpenFont (and
QueryFont, if appropriate) rather than a ListFonts. This is
useful if ListFonts or ListFontsWithInfo fail to list a known
font (as is the case with some scaled font systems).

-fn pattern
This option specifies the font name pattern to match.

-v This option indicates that xlsfonts should print out the program
version and exit.


X(7), Xserver(1), xset(1), xfd(1), X Logical Font Description Conven‐

DISPLAY must be set to get the default host and display to use.


Doing “xlsfonts -l” can tie up your server for a very long time.
This is really a bug with single-threaded non-preemptable servers, not
with this program.


Mark Lillibridge

Jim Fulton

Phil Karlton

Roland Mainz

X Version 11 xlsfonts 1.0.5 xlsfonts(1)