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fc-match - match available fonts




fc-match [ -asvVh ] [ --all ] [ --sort ] [ --verbose ] [ -f format | --format format ] [ --version ] [ --help ]
[ pattern [ element ... ] ]


fc-match matches pattern (empty pattern by default) using the normal fontconfig matching rules to find the best font available. If --sort is given, the sorted list of best matching fonts is displayed. The --all option works like --sort except that no pruning is done on the list of fonts.

If any elements are specified, only those are printed. Otherwise short file name, family, and style are printed, unless verbose output is requested.


This program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (‘-’). A summary of options is included below.
-a --all
  Displays sorted list of best matching fonts, but do not do any pruning on the list.
-s --sort
  Displays sorted list of best matching fonts.
-v --verbose
  Print verbose output of the whole font pattern for each match, or elements if any is provided.
-f --format format
  Format output according to the format specifier format.
-V --version
  Show version of the program and exit.
-h --help
  Show summary of options.
  Displays fonts matching pattern (uses empty pattern by default).
  If set, the element property is displayed for matching fonts.


fc-list(1) FcFontMatch(3) FcFontSort(3) FcPatternFormat(3) fc-cat(1) fc-cache(1) fc-pattern(1) fc-query(1) fc-scan(1)

The fontconfig user’s guide, in HTML format: /usr/share/doc/fontconfig/fontconfig-user.html.


This manual page was updated by Patrick Lam <>.

FC-MATCH (1) 16 April 2012
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