Ubuntu (typeface)

Ubuntu Font Family
ClassificationHumanist sans-serif
Commissioned byCanonical
FoundryDalton Maag
LicenseUbuntu Font License
VariationsUbuntu Monospace & Ubuntu Condensed

Ubuntu is an OpenType-based font family, designed to be a modern, humanist-style typeface by London-based type foundry Dalton Maag, with funding by Canonical Ltd. The font was under development for nearly nine months, with only a limited initial release through a beta program, until September 2010. It was then that it became the new default font of the Ubuntu operating system in Ubuntu 10.10. Its designers include Vincent Connare, creator of the Comic Sans and Trebuchet MS fonts.

The Ubuntu font family is licensed under the Ubuntu Font License.

History and features

The font was first introduced in October 2010 with the release of Ubuntu 10.10 in four versions: Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic in English. With the release of Ubuntu 11.04 in April 2011, additional fonts and expanded language coverage were introduced. The final development is intended to include a total of thirteen fonts, consisting of:

  • Ubuntu in Regular, Italic, Bold and Bold Italic
  • Ubuntu Monospace in Regular, Italic, Bold and Bold Italic
  • Ubuntu Light in Regular and Italic
  • Ubuntu Medium in Regular and Italic
  • Ubuntu Condensed in Regular only

The monospace version, used in terminals, was initially planned to ship with Ubuntu 11.04. However, it was delayed and instead shipped with Ubuntu 11.10 as the default system monospace font.

The font is fully Unicode compliant and contains Latin A and B extended character sets, Greek polytonic, and Cyrillic extended. In addition, it has become the first native operating system font to include the Indian rupee sign. The font has been designed primarily for use on screen displays, and its spacing and kerning is optimized for body copy sizes.


The Ubuntu Font Family is the default font for the current and development releases of the Ubuntu operating system and is used for the Ubuntu project branding.

Ubuntu has been included in the Google Fonts directory, making it easily available for web typography, and as of April 26, 2011, it is included for use in Google Docs.

Ubuntu Monospace was prominently used in the 2014 video game Transistor.

Ubuntu bold-italic is also used in the bitcoin logotype, alongside the bitcoin symbol.

Ubuntu sans is the font used in the "GIF Maker" by the popular GIF sharing app Tenor, the font has become very popular in internet meme culture, being used commonly to caption GIFs and images.

TV Tropes has used Ubuntu in its logo since 2016.

Ubuntu Font Licence

Ubuntu Font License
PublisherCanonical Ltd.
Debian FSG compatibleNo
FSF approvedNo
OSI approvedNo

The Ubuntu Font License is an "interim" license designed for the Ubuntu Font Family, which has used the license since version 0.68. The license is based on the SIL Open Font License.

The Ubuntu Font License allows the fonts to be "used, studied, modified and redistributed freely" given that the license terms are met. The license is copyleft and all derivative works must be distributed under the same license. Documents that use the fonts are not required to be licensed under the Ubuntu Font License.

Fedora and Debian have reviewed this license and converged on interpreting it as non-free due to incomplete or ambiguous use and modification permissions.

See also

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