fontdue 0.2.4

A simple no_std font parser and rasterizer.


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Fontdue is a simple, no_std (does not use the standard library for portability), pure Rust, TrueType (.ttf/.ttc) & OpenType (.otf) font rasterizer and layout tool. It strives to make interacting with fonts as fast as possible, and currently has the fastest rasterizer.


Version 1.0: fontdue is designed to be a replacement for rusttype (link), ab_glyph (link), parts of glyph_brush (link), and glyph_brush_layout (link). This is a class of font libraries that don't tackle shaping.

Version 2.0: Shaping - the complex layout of text such as Arabic and Devanagari - will be added. There are two potential pure Rust libraries (allsorts or rustybuzz) that are candidates for providing a shaping backend to Fontdue, but are relatively immature right now.

A non-goal of this library is to be allocation free and have a fast, "zero cost" initial load. This library does make allocations and depends on the alloc crate. Fonts are fully parsed on creation and relevant information is stored in a more convenient to access format. Unlike other font libraries, the font structures have no lifetime dependencies since it allocates its own space.



// Read the font data.
let font = include_bytes!("../resources/Roboto-Regular.ttf") as &[u8];
// Parse it into the font type.
let font = fontdue::Font::from_bytes(font, fontdue::FontSettings::default()).unwrap();
// Rasterize and get the layout metrics for the letter 'g' at 17px.
let (metrics, bitmap) = font.rasterize('g', 17.0);


// Read the font data.
let font = include_bytes!("../resources/Roboto-Regular.ttf") as &[u8];
// Parse it into the font type.
let roboto_regular = fontdue::Font::from_bytes(font, fontdue::FontSettings::default()).unwrap();
// Create a layout context. This stores transient state needed to layout text.
// Laying out text needs some heap allocations; reusing this context reduces the need to reallocate space.
let mut layout = Layout::new();
// The vector where the glyphs positional information will be written to. This vec is cleared before it's written to.
let mut output = Vec::new();
// Various settings for laying out the text, such as alignment and wrapping settings.
let settings = LayoutSettings {
// The list of fonts that will be used during layout.
let fonts = &[roboto_regular];
// The text that will be laid out, its size, and the index of the font in the font list to use for that section of text.
let styles = &[
    &TextStyle::new("Hello ", 35.0, 0),
    &TextStyle::new("world!", 40.0, 0),
// Calculate the layout.
layout.layout_horizontal(fonts, styles, &settings, &mut output);


NOTICE: I'm adding a live site to compare Fontdue (wasm build) output against your browser. Pleast standby.


NOTICE: I'm adding more libraries. Please standby.

These benchmarks measure the time it takes to generate the glyph metrics and bitmap for the text "Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow." over a range of sizes. The lower the bar in the graph the better.

Rasterize benchmarks

Rasterize benchmarks


This benchmark measures the time it takes to layout latin characters of sample text with wrapping on word boundaries.

Layout benchmarks



Please bear with me on new features or quirks that you find. I will definitely get to issues you open (also thank you for opening them), but I don't have as much time as I would like to work on fontdue so please be patient, this is a mostly solo project <3.

TrueType & OpenType Table Support

Fontdue depends on ttf-parser (link) for parsing fonts, which supports a wide range of TrueType and OpenType features.


Fontdue started as a slightly more production ready wrapper around font-rs (link) because of how fast it made rasterization look, and how simple the wonderful rusttype (link) crate made font parsing look. Since then, I've rewritten fontdue from the ground up, but I feel like it still deservers some attribution.