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Envy Code R programming font – preview available for download  

Envy Code R has been updated since this post.

Here is the Envy Code R programming font I’ve been working on as it currently stands:

Envy Code R preview 3 at 10pt illustrating ClearType, standard and no smoothing.
As you can see it looks great at 10pt regardless of what smoothing (or not) you are using. Whilst you can use it at other sizes and it will scale without turning into big pixels there are plenty of other fonts around that will look better at larger sizes/in print.

It is missing a number of foreign symbols and characters, there is no width-preserving bold version to accompany it just yet and there are still issues with the full-widths of @©® symbols as the Windows ClearType renderer insists on squashing them rather than let them potentially touch another character.

I will attempt to address these as best I can as time goes by as well as trying to shave a pixel off the vertical height. It also doesn’t look too great on the Mac but if you want to try anyway use 13pt and be prepared to set the height in terminal to just above 1.0 to stop the letters being cut-off.

Comments are welcome but please bear in mind that Envy Code R is designed to look very close to Envy Code B so deviating from that further is unlikely right now.

Finally please bear in mind that whilst Envy Code R is free-for-use it is copyrighted and as such it must not be redistributed, bundled or modified without permission at this time. Once all the issues are addressed I’ll likely release the whole thing under a free/open licence.

This is simply because I do not wish people looking for this font in the future to be downloading older preview versions.

Download is no longer available, see newer version

If you were wondering what it does look like large:

Envy Code R at 36 point


I have updated the preview font to fix vertical problems on the capital E as well as add a bunch of symbols not yet done (e.g. fractions) and also stuck in a bit-mapped 9pt version for those not using smoothing.


21 responses  

  1. Looks good; thanks for releasing this.

    Aaron – December 26th, 2006
  2. Brad Wilson looks at Envy Code R

    AnonymousDecember 27th, 2006
  3. It works great. Thanks a bunch.

    John – December 27th, 2006
  4. I have just downloaded and set my Visual Studio Font to this and I like it very much!

    Gabriel Lozano-MoránDecember 29th, 2006
  5. Great font! However, I would prefer having the ‘*’ character be on the same height as the other operators.

    Eduard Hiti – December 30th, 2006
  6. For now Code R will stick to Code B and have the ‘*’ but if you send me an email to I’ll send you an individual version with the * there ;-)


    Damien GuardDecember 30th, 2006
  7. Running it as a test in jEdit,

    ‘h’ +’d’ arch is not as high as other letters and looks a bit disconcerting. I also dont like the lowercase ‘x’. subpixel rendering makes it look a bit off. I think some more differentiation of lowercase L and number 1

    Im also not sure I like that lowercase is nearly same height as uppercase.

    For the moment I’ll stick to monaco and try this again later.

    Stu – January 3rd, 2007
  8. Yes, at some point sizes there are height issues between the characters – I’m trying to find out why and the solution may well be hinting which I’m currently getting to grips with.

    What size were you using it at?


    Damien GuardJanuary 3rd, 2007
  9. I was running it at 18pt (which comes out at the same size as monaco 16pt).

    here is a side by side of monaco 16pt with envy code r 18pt with some nice roguelike code hacking going in with SAP deployment code in the background.

    Stu – January 3rd, 2007
  10. It would appear jEdit is not using Windows to render it’s text – I assume it is either using a feature of Java or some library for rendering the text.

    This gives us so far Windows, Mac, FreeType and jEdit/Java renderers all of which can operate in a variety of modes!

    I’ll see what I can do – I think the hints will solve the height issues and I want to address the lower-case X anyway.

    It may well be that Code R stays as optimized for Windows/10pt and the next font I do tries to be an all-purpose all-systems alternative to the likes of Monaco/Consolas/Andale Mono.


    Damien GuardJanuary 3rd, 2007
  11. java probably does have its own renderer. I like to be able to read my code, and everyone seems to product 8+10pt bitmap programmer fonts. Thats way too much eyestrain to me when staring at it all day long.

    I think consolas looks like a dog, and most people who gush over it are microsoft users who have only ever used courier new. (andale mono is my backup to monaco so I wont bash it too much;)

    good luck with the font work

    Stu – January 4th, 2007
  12. I am now using this typeface on Mac OS X 10.4 with Textmate. I like the font although there are some very odd rendering peculiarities when the font-size is 10, 12, or 13 points (I suspect Textmate is the culprit as there are no rendering issues within the font dialog).
    Excellent font; thanks for the effort.

    Mel Boyce – January 5th, 2007
  13. I just tried in on TextMate on my Powerbook and it was fairly unreadable.

    Tony Perrie – January 5th, 2007
  14. It’s pretty funky on Eclipse under GNU/Linux as well…lots of characters running over one another at size 10. It does seem to not have this problem at size 11, however…

    Dan Farina – January 5th, 2007
  15. looks so cool,thanks

    longs – July 24th, 2007
  16. Nice font; however, I don’t care for the ‘m’. The lines are really close, and bolding it makes it a blob.

    Chris – July 25th, 2007
  17. You couldn’t increase the spacing between the lines of the m without making the letter wider and if you do that then every single other letter would also be wider – that is one of the compromises you have to make with a monospaced font.

    At the moment there is no released bold version so when you select bold Windows is attempting to create one on the fly, with bad results.

    I have a bold version here which is a little better but it needs a bit of a tidy-up.


    Damien GuardJuly 28th, 2007
  18. It’s a very nice font, unfortunatelly it lacks ISO8859-2 accents (like ? ? ? î â).

    MihaiMarch 24th, 2008
  19. Thank you for this brilliant font; I’ve been stuck with Courier New for quite some time.

    My only issue is the braces — I prefer the ones in your earlier preview, personally.

    Ryan – November 17th, 2008
  20. i like the old braces better, too.
    and for the asterisk thingy:
    *: asterisk
    ∗: asterisk operator (this is what you want)
    ⁎: low asterisk
    ⁑: two verically aligned asterisks
    ⁂: asterism
    the * is supposed to be where it is ;)

    flying sheepSeptember 15th, 2009
  21. Just wanted to say I like the chunky, very visible punctuation! Every coding font should follow that convention. I do agree with the other commenter that I’d like to see the asterisk on the same level as the other operators; aesthetics do enter into it for me, but I’m not complaining, mind you.

    Cheers, and Thanks!

    Mike from Shreveport – August 27th, 2012

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