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Raku interface to the FontConfig native library


use FontConfig;
use FontConfig::Pattern;
use FontConfig::Match;
# optional: fontconfig uses the default system configuration, by default 
INIT FontConfig.set-config-file: 'my-fonts.conf';

my FontConfig::Pattern $patt;
$patt .= parse: 'Arial,sans:style<italic>';
# -- OR --
$patt .= new: :family<Arial sans>, :style<italic>;

$patt.weight = 'bold';
say $patt.Str;
# Arial,sans:style=italic:weight=205

my FontConfig::Match $match = $patt.match;
say $match.file;
say $match.format('%{file}');
# e.g. /usr/share/fonts/truetype/liberation/LiberationSans-Regular.ttf


This module provides Raku bindings to the FontConfig library for system-wide font configuration and access.

At this stage, enough library bindings are implemented to enable FontConfig patterns to be parsed or built, and the best matching font to be located.

Property Accessors

The Raku FontConfig bindings provide automatic accessors for known properties

$patt.weight = 'bold';
say $patt.weight;

FontConfig Configuration

By default, fontconfig uses system-wide font configuration files. Their location may depend on your particular distribution and system.

There are several environment variables that can be set to define files and search paths, including: FONTCONFIG_FILE and FONTCONFIG_PATH.

This may need to be set, prior to running your programs, to provide a custom configuration file, or if FontConfig is giving an error "Cannot load default config file".

The FontConfig class has one method set-config-file($path) that can be called from the current process to set FONTCONFIG_FILE. This acts globally and should be called once, before using any other methods.

Classes in this distribution


This module requires a development version of fontconfig: