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libXft - X FreeType library

libXft is the client side font rendering library, using libfreetype, libX11, and the X Render extension to display anti-aliased text.

Xft version 2.1 was the first stand alone release of Xft, a library that connects X applications with the FreeType font rasterization library. Xft uses fontconfig to locate fonts so it has no configuration files.

Before building Xft you will need to have installed: - FreeType https://freetype.org/ - Fontconfig https://fontconfig.org/ - libX11, libXext, & libXrender https://x.org/

All questions regarding this software should be directed at the Xorg mailing list:


The master development code repository can be found at:


Please submit bug reports and requests to merge patches there.

For patch submission instructions, see:


To release a version of this library:

  1. Update the version number in configure.ac
  2. Fix the NEWS file
    Change version number
    Set the date
    add highlights
  3. Commit those changes
  4. rebuild the configuration files with autogen.sh
    sh autogen.sh --sysconfdir=/etc --prefix=/usr --mandir=/usr/share/man
  5. Follow the steps listed in https://www.x.org/wiki/Development/Documentation/ReleaseHOWTO/

Keith Packard