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Inconsolata XL Font

Sound Familiar?

I’m sure you’ve heard this rap before: “You’re sleeping a third of your entire life, so you’d better get a really nice mattress.” However beaten that phrase may be, there is some truth in it. And guess what, as a software developer you might spend another nice chunk of your life in front of a code editor and Courier or Monaco just aren’t as good as it gets.


Enter Inconsolata created by Raph Levien. It’s a monospaced font that reads exceptionally well even at small sizes and is equally suited for use with a code editor, the terminal or for reading non-HTML mails. However, Raph hasn’t added bold font weight yet. This is not usually a problem as many applications such as TextMate or the terminal render a fake bold if needed. Here’s a sample.

Oops, RubyMine

RubyMine on the other hand doesn’t and therefore I’ve derived a slightly bigger Inconsolata XL font which includes a rough bold variant. Just download, unpack and then move the two font files into your ~/Library/Fonts.


(Sven Schwyn)


Justin said on Monday, February 07, 2011:

Thank you so much for the XL version!

Steve J said on Thursday, January 24, 2013:

Works great with Rubymine! Thanks!!!

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