FreeType for Windows

FreeType: font engine and rasterizer




FreeType is a software font engine that is designed to be small, efficient, highly customizable and portable while capable of producing high-quality output (glyph images). It can be used in graphics libraries, display servers, font conversion tools, text image generation tools, and many other products as well.

Note that FreeType is a font service and doesn't provide APIs to perform higher-level features, like text layout or graphics processing (e.g. colored text rendering, "hollowing", etc.). However, it greatly simplifies these tasks by providing a simple, easy to use and uniform interface to access the content of font files.




If you download the Setup program of the package, any requirements for running applications, such as dynamic link libraries (DLL's) from the dependencies as listed below under Requirements, are already included. If you download the package as Zip files, then you must download and install the dependencies zip file yourself. Developer files (header files and libraries) from other packages are however not included; so if you wish to develop your own applications, you must separately install the required packages.

DescriptionDownloadSizeLast changeMd5sum
• Complete package, except sources Setup  1148532  9 March 2008  8acf07e5c6aeb6e081faf47aa41e9daf
• Sources Setup  1696771  9 March 2008  800e4d35bc38f5bf9d32c1d82c781348
• Binaries Zip  1030605  9 March 2008  5ae985f6afc2c2aa21473f637106a272
• Developer files Zip  194942  9 March 2008  196db8038d9e5cd69330e53d3b5a466d
• Documentation Zip  391197  5 July 2007  2521bd2c3321f3439d4c5feb4fc35c36
• Sources Zip  2891878  5 July 2007  0d8d9a9630c1342f2dd26f73b322a214
• Dependencies Zip  41923 23 March 2007  b7bd32ce502cf59c17be7cf78be3e274
• Original source

You can also download the files from the GnuWin32 files page. New releases of the port of this package can be monitored.

Installation, Usage and Help

General Installation Instructions

GnuWin32 Help (feature requests, bugs, etc)


Requirements for running applications, excluding external ones such as msvcrt.dll, perl, etc, are included in the Setup program and the dependencies zip file.

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