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28 Best Monospace Fonts for Developers

28 Best Monospace Fonts for Developers



Monospace fonts aren’t really used in design, unless they specifically work well for the brand we’re designing for (which would almost certainly be a brand related to writing).

Monospace fonts are fonts whose characters all occupy the same amount of horizontal space, and they’re commonly used with both text editors and typewriters.

Graphical limitations are the reason monospace fonts first featured in computing, but they’re still used in text editors today because of their readability. So let’s take a look at the best monospace fonts for developers — categorically ordered by popularity! — that make coding a little easier on the eyes.

Because, let’s face it, coding demands heavy concentration!

I’ve divided this list into three sections. The first lot are the pretty popular mainstays. Then there are some that I consider underrated. And then there are some I consider overrated.

Along the way, I’ll let you know which is my favorite, which is the popular favorite, and my pick for outlandish, wildcard favorite. But in case you’ve got the TL;DRs and can’t wait for the verdict, here they are:

Popular Monospace Fonts

Fira Code (popular choice)

  • Ligatures: yes
  • Cursive italics: no
  • License: free (OFL)
  • Legibility: high / very high
  • Designer/foundry: multiple designers

Undoubtably the most commonly used monospace font ever, Fira Code is a spin on Fira Mono. The difference is that Fira Code contains code-specific ligatures (this is when two graphemes/letters are joined together as a single glyph). It’s available on Google Fonts so you literally can’t go wrong with this one.

Ubuntu Mono

  • Ligatures: no
  • Cursive italics: no
  • License: free (Ubuntu Font)
  • Legibility: high / very high
  • Designer/foundry: Dalton Maag

What sets Ubuntu Mono apart is that it’s designed for multiple (spoken) languages. Its unique style also makes it suitable for use in design as well, as either a body or display/heading font.
If you’re looking for a monospace font that’s charming but versatile, Ubuntu Mono is certainly worth a minute of your time.

Iosevka

  • Ligatures: yes
  • Cursive italics: yes
  • License: free (OFL)
  • Legibility: high / very high
  • Designer/foundry: Belleve Invis

Iosevka also supports a number of spoken languages — 162 to be exact — and includes nine different weights, a variety of ligatures for various coding languages, and even a few character variants.
It’s a very common monospace font (like Fira Code) and a fine choice if you like monospace fonts that are a little condensed.

Monoid (outlandish choice)

  • Ligatures: yes
  • Cursive italics: no
  • License: free (MIT/OFL)
  • Legibility: high / very high
  • Designer/foundry: Andreas Larsen
  • Features: Font Awesome support!

Apart from being semi-condensed (like Iosevka), the sharp ligatures, supersized operators, and overall clean design makes Monoid a favourite of mine. Additionally, Font Awesome class references (such as <i class="fas fa-xxx"></i>) are automatically replaced with the actual icon, which is really, really awesome.

Monoid looks nice in small font sizes and low-res displays too.

Hack

  • Ligatures: no
  • Cursive italics: no
  • License: free (MIT)
  • Legibility: high / very high
  • Designer/foundry: Source Foundry

Although it’s visually dull, Hack otherwise checks all of the boxes. That being said, Hack is open source and marketed as “No Frills. No Gimmicks.” So it’s supposed to lack style by default.
Hack includes 1573 glyphs, four weights, and is shipped by 129 open-source contributors (130 if you include yourself in that!).

Hack isn’t on Google Fonts, but surprisingly they include an embed URL, which is more than most non-Google fonts offer.

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