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Jess Lee (she/her)

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What fonts do you use in your editor(s)?

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Douglas R Andreani

Most Fira Sans on GUI elements and Roboto for the editor itself.

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Ethan Stewart

I use FiraCode, mostly for the ligatures but I do also like the look of the font.

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ckempo

Me too! Discovering ligatures has made me shun fonts without support for them now. Used Hack, Inconsolata, Source Code Pro and Consolas before but it's Fira Code everywhere now.

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Alexandru Dreptu

I prefer the Source Code Pro look. There's a version of it with ligatures called Hasklig, which I use right now in VSCode and it's rendered super great.

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Yoav

Hasklig is awesome with VS indeed! Thanks for sharing it.

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Tiffany White

Nvm. Guy answered below.

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Tiffany White

Why would you want ligatures in your editor font? Seems hard to read to me. Can you give examples of what you mean?

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Bhaskar Karambelkar

Ditto. ligatures FTW!

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Vítězslav Ackermann Ferko

FiraCode ligatures are the way to go! :)

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Dan Lebrero

I concur!

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Jose Gonzalez • Edited on

Hell yes, FiraCode. I use it in VS 2017 and VS Code. First thing I install in a brand new environment.

Once you go FiraCode, you don't go back or something.

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Marius Riis Haugan

Ooh, never seen FireCode before but it looks really good - excited to try it in VS 2017 tomorrow!

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Charles Reace

Caveat: I've not tried it, but question: why would you want ligatures in a mono-spaced font? I'm assuming it's mono-spaced? (Not intended as any sort of knock on your choice, I'm just truly curious.)

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Charles Reace

Answering my own question: I see that you are (probably) referring to the "ligatures" for various symbol character combinations -- not the traditional typographic ligatures for sequences such as "fi" or "tt". (I worked at a typesetting company many years ago. :-) )

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Jason Walzak

I never heard of ligatures before. They look rad. I'm going to give them a try.

I've been using Monaco as my font otherwise.

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Ben Halpern

I use Monaco in the terminal and the Atom default in Atom.

One time I accidentally deleted the font I was using for my terminal and the terminal became non-monospace (impossible to work with), so I hastily switched to the first monospace font I could find. That font was Comic Sans and I let it stay as my terminal font for way too long.

🙃

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Massimo Artizzu

Wait, is there a monospace version of Comic Sans?

That's pure evil, Ben.

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Mubashar Iqbal

After a long time with Monaco, I've been trying a few fonts with programming ligatures, currently testing out:
github.com/tonsky/FiraCode

Perhaps one day I'll pay the $200 for:
typography.com/blog/introducing-op...

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Eljay-Adobe

I use Fira Code as well. I also like Input, which is a proportional font designed for programming (supported in IDEs such as Visual Studio, Eclipse, Xcode).

Font Playground lists a lot of popular fonts for programming. Didn't list Fira Code, Consolas, nor Input though.

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Necmettin Begiter

Try PT Mono (macos). Not as good as Operator, but a very good and free alternative.

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Eljay-Adobe

Another programmer font list, with 100+ fonts: Best Programming Fonts. Doesn't have an interactive display of the fonts, but has an extensive list, and provides some pro/con bullet points on each font, and a link for getting the font.

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Eli Sarver

A co-worker used this font. It was super nice to look at, and the ‘fancy’ comments are easier on the eyes.

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Eljay-Adobe

A bunch more programming suitable fonts (50+ fonts) and a nice browser comparison at Programming Fonts. Each font has a link to where to get it.

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Jamie Gaskins
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Phil Nash

I am a very happy Source Code Pro user too :)

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TQ White II

I use Source Sans. I started with Source Code but it doesn't read as easily (kerning was invented for a reason) and it turns out that I never actually benefited from the monospace so I switched.

Both versions though are attractive, easy to read fonts. I try new ones when I see them and always go back.

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Lovis

I use Haskling, it's basically SCP but with ligatures ✔

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Daniel J. Summers

I've made a progression among three that have been named here

Source Code Pro - I love this font.

Fira Code - Ligatures FTW!

Hasklig - This is a fork of Source Code Pro that also does ligatures - the best of both worlds!

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Jesse Ditson • Edited on

Some favorites are Inconsolata and fira code.

Here's a gallery of pretty much every free use code font for your browsing and downloading pleasure:

github.com/chrissimpkins/codeface

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Olaolu. Olawuyi 👓 • Edited on

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FiraCode and Operator Mono with this cool theme
I used Source Code Pro and Ubuntu Mono long time ago.

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Dave Cridland

I use Comics Sans, just for the look on people's faces when they realise.

More seriously, I use Comic Neue, which isn't an ideal font for coding in some languages because it lacks a glyph for "`", which is rather useful in Markdown, and some variants of Bourne Shell and Python. I switched, though, to using a proportional font years ago and never looked back. Comic Neue, unlike it's Sans cousin, is a reasonably well designed sans font.

I've looked at Fira Code, and besides the fixed-font thing, the ligatures on operators give me the wibbles. Ligatures on variable names, though, wouldn't worry me at all.

Proportional fonts are great. The textual parts of the language compress visually much better - this also allows the developer to use more width for identifiers. It's much faster to read, too, and you're less likely to misread identifiers as well. The resultant code tends to have better-named identifiers, too, I find, and the comments... Well, there's absolutely no comparison between reading a block of text in monospace and a block in proportional font.

The only problem comes when some project I'm working on has an arbitrary line length in characters. I can never get along with those, since with a proportional font they're impossible to judge and largely irrelevant anyway.

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Amit Merchant

I use Fixedsys Excelsior with programming ligatures, which looks like this..

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Jean-François Héon

I keep switching fonts between different editors and across time. I am frequently using:

Input Lots of customization possible. I like the wavy curly braces option.
Fira Code (most often with F# or C#)
PT Mono (Old school)
Roboto Mono (quite relaxing)
Monaco (A nice default on MacOS)

I'm gonna give a shot to Fantasque mentioned earlier!

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Alexey Voinov

Input is great indeed.

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

I use "Bitstearm Vera Serif".

Yes, it's a proportionally spaced font, and yes it has serifs. I have to look at code all day, might as well be a pretty font.

Unfortuantely my console is still stuck in the ugly monospaced land. There I use DejaVu Sans Mono. I'm still waiting for a good Unicode console that can deal with proportional fonts and varying font sizes.

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Gopal Venkatesan

I always look for new fonts to try out and since last week I've been using Go Mono for Powerline and so far it's been working.

It's a little thick although I've preferred thin fonts earlier Go Mono been sticking with me since last week.

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Robb Manes

I use Hack in vim and any IDE's.

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Srishan Bhattarai

I started with Ubuntu Mono and Monaco, then onto Operator Mono. Now I've been stuck on Hack. I find it great for the languages I mostly use (JS, TypeScript, Python, Haskell)

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Evan Derby

I love Monaco and used it for everything for a while. Now it's just for Eclipse, and Hack is my go-to programming font in Atom and in iTerm2 when I'm using Vim.

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Perlawk Sed

Looks nice

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#benaryorg

I'm probably one of those people who just get used to the one font they've always used.

DejaVu Sans Mono.
Except for my Twitter Client, that's Anonymous Pro.

But everything else is DejaVu Sans Mono.

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Jasper Jorna

Source Code Pro!

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Marco González L.

I like to test different fonts for my editors, but for a long time I settled on Hack for editors and terminals. But then I stumbled with font ligatures, and went through Fira Code in VSCode…

But right now I'm using the fantastic Fixedsys Excelsior because I like how it reminds me of the old MS-DOS days in my childhood. And it has font ligatures too!

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Mark Bussell Jr

Mostly I use Consolas. I've been working to harmonize my dev environments at work and home, and of the options that are available at work it's been the best.

I've thought about switching, but every time I think of the hoops I need to jump through just to get a font installed...

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Antonio Radovcic

Long time Hack user, now using Liberation Mono (inspired by Handmade Hero) in Sublime and Operator Mono (inspired by Wes Bos) in the Terminal.

Every couple of months I take some time to update my fonts and color-schemes. As former designer I spend more time on this than I like to admit.

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Aditya Rao

I use Fira Code on VSCode and Source Code Pro on iTerm2.

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Ben Halpern

Fira Code is so out there to me, but I'm intrigued.

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Antoinette Janus

I use SF Mono Regular 12pt* for my terminal and the "Menlo, Monaco, 'Courier New', monospace" font-family for my VS Code editor.

*I did change the character spacing to 1.1

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Ben Halpern

My I ask what prompted a character spacing change?

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Necmettin Begiter

I use Envy Code R for sans, and PT Mono for serif.

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Sean Larkin • Edited on

Sweet sweet Operator Mono. ❤️❤️❤️

Combined with vscode and the Material Operator Theme 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

twitter.com/TheLarkInn/status/8799...

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Kiliman

If you love Operator Mono, you'll love it more with ligatures. I created a project to add custom ligatures like Fira Code to Operator Mono.

github.com/kiliman/operator-mono-lig

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Pedro Fumero

Your project it's awesome! Thanks a lot! :D

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Lennart

I use Code New Roman, or if unavailable Consolas.

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Olaolu. Olawuyi 👓

FiraCode and Operator Mono with this cool theme

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Kiliman

I created a project to add custom ligatures like Fira Code directly to Operator Mono. Check it out!

github.com/kiliman/operator-mono-lig

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Rich Seviora

Big fan of M+ 1mn. I'm giving Fira Code a whirl right now, not sure whether the benefit of the ligatures outweighs the quicker scannability of M+ 1mn.

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Aleksandr Tkachev ⌨️

I use Iosevka in editor and terminal, with Base16 color theme.

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Dimitri Acosta

I use Fira Code for now

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Marios Antonoudiou

Hack font is my favorite! It is a nice and clean, open source, monospaced font.

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Enrique Alfonso Casanovas Pedre

Hasklig (for ligatures), Consolas, OCRA Ext.

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Torsten Grust

PragmataPro by Fabrizio Schiavi (fsd.it/shop/fonts/pragmatapro/). Not cheap but worth every Cent.

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tsia

Fantasque Sans Mono (formerly known as Cosmic Sans neue Mono)

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lostsatellites

Fira Mono

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Jorge Casas

ProFont tobiasjung.name/profont/ (monospaced... for the whole system, not only IDE)

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Ben Halpern

What is it that draws you to ProFont?

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Jorge Casas

It has a really good readability in small and large font sizes (7pt and above), making l, 1, I, 0, O different and with bold punctuation marks...

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Hrishi Hiraskar

Well I use Roboto Mono Medium, looks good if you like bold fonts.

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Jason C. McDonald

Source Code is what I use for all my monospace, and Source Sans for interface. If I'm working on documents, I may also use Source Serif or Cabin.

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Alex Miasoiedov

Monaco I guess it only available on OSx

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Yuri Oliveira

FiraCode rocks!

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Igor Santos

One more user of FiraCode, everywhere it's possible, mostly for ligatures.
Before that I used Ubuntu Mono.

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Vincent Grovestine

Inconsolata for code and Noto Mono Regular for command-line work.

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Vijay Patil

Ubuntu Mono, it is.

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Anna Rankin

I like Anonymous Pro. <3

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Igor Moura

I've been using Open Sans for everything in my systems, it's easily available and comfortable to look at.

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Conal Tuohy

Yes it is nice. I've been using Noto Sans, whose goal is to provide a glyph for every character google.com/get/noto/

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Edwin Ramirez

I've been using Hack for years but with all the mention of FiraCode and it's fancy ligatures thingies, I think I'll give it a try.

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Peter Hillerström

I use 12pt Menlo on Emacs, and 11pt Monaco for Dired and Markdown modes. I use 11pt Monaco on the terminal on OS X and on Linux terminal I use 10pt Bitstream Vera Sans Mono.

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Peter Hillerström • Edited on

Now I actually downloaded both Fira Mono and Hasklig, and I am leaning towards using Fira Mono.

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Sergey Kislyakov 🇷🇺 🇺🇸

Iosevka. It has the ligatures and it just looks nice and not that monospace-y. (it's kinda condensed but in a good way).

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Evgeny

tamsyn font all around