With Mac, I like the font of Menlo for text editors. With PC, it's hard for me to find some pretty fixed with font, and I don't like the Courier font that I have to use for emEditor.

Could you recommend me some fixed width font that I can download and use for PC? I expect menlo equivalent somewhere, and it would be great if I can learn how to use the font with emacs/win32.


Apple Menlo is basically identical to DejaVu Sans Mono (evidence here), both of which are based on Bitstream Vera Mono. The Deja Vu fonts have a free license, and can be used or modified or whatever. Download it here.

(Oops, sorry for the duplicate. I'll make up for it by mentioning some others I like...

Inconsolata (though Windows 7's consolas is pretty much the same)

Anonymous Pro

Droid Sans Mono


LuxiMono )

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  • +1 for anonymous pro, I use it for programming. Fine font. – Decio Lira Sep 22 '10 at 22:08
  • A small thing--Consolas and Inconsolata are different enough to me that I strongly prefer the latter over the former and even over any monospaced font I have found. – Mark C Oct 13 '12 at 4:42

Its not perfect - but I use DejaVu Sans Mono. Its neat and tidy, and I've found one of the easiest fonts to stare at for hours on end.

According to http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=653948, Menlo is a modification of Bitstream Vera Sans Mono, so that might suit your needs.

The DejaVu family is available at http://dejavu-fonts.org/wiki/Main_Page The Bitsteam family is available at http://www.dafont.com/bitstream-vera-mono.font

Both are open source fonts and can be freely downloaded and used.

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  • Sans as in sans serif? rather than sans as in without? – barlop Jun 17 '15 at 15:36
  • Yep - Sans Serif. – lochok Jun 17 '15 at 22:20
  • ok.. just to correct myself.. the sans in sans serif also means without. (without serifs).. n yeah,, DejaVu Sans (ie Sans Serif) Mono – barlop Jun 17 '15 at 22:23

There is a discussion here about Menlo that mentions Vera Sans Mono and Prima Sans Mono, you could try getting hold of those (the other answer has a link, which I was about to post).

This little search brings up some resources I've used before.


Also, Jeff Atwood has a post about Consolas here, where he mentions using Monaco for every ClearType monospace font he can, and the comments have links to other programming fonts. Jeff has a more complete overview of programming fonts here, with visuals of course.

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  • Between these three posts I think you've got enough! – Mark C Sep 22 '10 at 22:04

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