Can I change the font of the text-mode console?
I have a Unix-like OS installed without a windowing environment; i.e. , just a text-mode console and no GUI.
Is it possible to change the font used by the console?
To be clear, I am not talking about the terminal emulator that comes with a desktop environment like KDE or GNOME.
If you use the Linux console, the best way I found is.
put, for example
CHARMAP="UTF-8" CODESET="Lat7" FONTFACE="Terminus" FONTSIZE="28x14"
Another way is to use
setfont from the
This works for my debian; it may be different for you.
In Debian, you can also run
dpkg-reconfigure -plow console-setup to be prompted for the various console settings and pick them from menus.
Edit - I put together a small page how to setup the font colors . The section that is relevant for this post has the header "the linux vts" (= ttys, or "console").