8 fonts for developers you’ve probably never heard before

August 12th, 2009 - Design, Typography


When you are in front of the screen for more than 10 hours a day writing code, it’s crucial to select a proper font for your editor. In my opinion it should always be monospaced and clear enough to avoid headaches. It should also be supported by best hosting.

In this post you will find 8 not so famous fonts that you could use and most of them are available only for Windows. Mac users enjoy by default really nice fonts (Monaco, Inconsolata, Panic Sans etc) so there’s no need to bother anyway :)





Anonymous Pro






Envy Coda A




QuickType Mono


Screenshots were taken from Notepad++ using the themes “Obsidian” and “Bespin”.


  1. Ben

    August 12, 2009

    The font itself doesn’t really matter to me, as long as it’s easily legible. What I’ve found influences the legibility, at least when reading for prolonged periods, is anti-aliasing (which your screenshots lack).

  2. Gerasimos

    August 12, 2009

    Can’t work with anti-aliasing on. Really. I’m just used to it.

  3. Sugarenia

    August 12, 2009

    My code font of choice is the one Espresso ships with, Espresso Mono, anti-alias on.

    Easy on the eyes, not too much circl-y, clean ‘n’ clear.

  4. antek

    August 13, 2009

    Nice collection of fonts, but I prefer smoothansi font over any other. Take a look on it: http://bit.ly/OdAY5

    Its main disadvantage however is that it doesn’t fully support my codepage (iso8859-2), but I don’t need my national letters when coding.

  5. Gerasimos

    August 13, 2009

    @antek: looks good, yeah same here, some fonts don’t include Greek characters but that’s ok.

    @sugarenia: looks good. Although i saw another one called “Monaco” which seems really nice as well

  6. Zecc

    August 13, 2009

    I’m a fan of the Proggie Programming Fonts myself:

    I particularly like Proggie Clean Slashed Zero Bold Func.

    Dispite that, I’m currently using DejaVu Sans Mono for its Unicode support. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DejaVu_fonts

  7. Phil

    August 13, 2009

    I tend to like using Geneva 14pt – never really saw the point in straining my eyes for the sake of looking smart. Great list tho!

  8. Zac

    August 13, 2009


  9. RobsonB

    August 13, 2009

    It really does matter?! Ouch… Courier New 10pt does the job here!

  10. finitybeyond

    November 8, 2009

    I recently became a fan of Menlo, which is the new default monospaced font in Snow Leopard. I use it all the time now in Eclipse IDE, and it looks great.

    Just wondering, what is the font in the first screenshot before the list of fonts?

  11. gokhan depır

    January 12, 2011

    Could you pls tell me the type of the font in the first pic?

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