I am using multiple wine applications on my Macbook Air running OS X El Capitan. I have tried using both Wineskin and Winebottler in creating wine wrappers for applications that I use and both of them offer the option to enable "fontsmooth=rgb" using Winetricks. However, enabling this option seems to do absolutely nothing. I have also tried enabling fontfix amongst other things to no avail. How can I get Wine to enable font anti aliasing for my apps?


There is a better solution when downgrading XQuartz is undesirable: to disable new Truetype renderer in FreeType library by exporting FREETYPE_PROPERTIES variable to system:

  1. Open terminal app
  2. Go to home folder cd ~
  3. Run open ‑e .bash_profile or nano .bash_profile
  4. Add following lines:

    export FREETYPE_PROPERTIES="truetype:interpreter-version=35"
  5. Logout and login

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    You saved my life! – Michele Da Ros Jan 4 '19 at 16:06
  • Working on High Sierra (10.13.6), wine-4.0.2, XQuartz 2.7.11. (woot woot) – PandasRocks Jan 28 '20 at 23:17

It seems to be an issue with FreeType 2.7.0 that's part of XQuartz 2.7.10 and 2.7.11. Try downgrading your XQuartz to version 2.7.9 (https://www.xquartz.org/releases/XQuartz-2.7.9.html).

(Source: https://forum.winehq.org/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=28345)

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    It worked for me! Thanks. In my case, it happened when I upgraded MacOS from Sierra to High Sierra (10.12 to 10.13). I assume it upgraded XQuartz to 2.7.10/11. I didn't see which I had before downgrading to 2.7.9, but now it works as usual. – DiegoDD Mar 7 '18 at 15:56
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    This one helped OSX Mojave 10.14.5 – podarok Jul 30 '19 at 15:06

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