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A typeface designed for source code



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A typeface designed for source code

Hack is designed to be a workhorse typeface for code. It has deep roots in the libre, open source typeface community and expands upon the contributions of the Bitstream Vera & DejaVu projects. The project is in active development. We welcome your input and contributions.


The font binaries are released under a license that permits unlimited print, desktop, and web use for commercial and non-commercial applications. For additional details about licensing, please see

Hack — a typeface designed for source code

Quick installation

NOTE ON FONT UPDATES If you are updating your version of Hack, be sure to remove the previously installed version and clear your font cache first to avoid conflicts that can lead to platform-specific rendering errors. Many platforms/distros offer package managers that automate this process. We release a Windows installer to automate the install/update process on the Windows platform. See below for additional details.

Mac OS X and Linux

  1. Download the latest version of Hack.
  2. Extract the files from the archive (.zip) and click to open them.
  3. Follow the instructions from your operating system.
  4. Enjoy!


To simplify the installation process on Windows systems, we've created the Hack Windows Installer which will guide you through the installation process. This installer addresses a number of common rendering issues that occur with font installs/updates on the Windows platform and is the recommended approach for Windows users.


To use with Secure Shell, edit the following fields in Options:

  • font-family: "Hack"
  • user-css:

Font release recommendations

For general screen use on the desktop, we recommend the TTF builds of Hack for most users. OTF builds are available for those who prefer this font format. For detailed installation instructions, see

Package managers

We highly recommend the convenience of a community developed package manager or other auto-updating utility if this is available on your platform. While the package manager releases may be a bit delayed relative to the repository releases, the package managers were designed to tune and automate font installs and updates on your system.

We are aware of Hack support in the following package managers (with associated package names):

  • Arch Linux: ttf-hack
  • Chocolatey (Windows): hackfont
  • Debian: fonts-hack-ttf
  • Fedora / CentOS: dnf-plugins-core :: heliocastro/hack-fonts :: hack-fonts
  • Gentoo Linux: media-fonts/hack
  • Homebrew Cask (OS X): caskroom/fonts/font-hack
  • OpenSUSE: hack-fonts
  • Ubuntu: fonts-hack-ttf
  • Visual Studio Package Manager: hack.font

Details on package manager use and advanced manual desktop installation options can be found in

Web font usage

Hack is available in all commonly used web font formats. See for more details, or use the snippets below to quickly include Hack via a CDN (thanks to the generous gang at jsDelivr). Bold and italic styles are included by default and work out-of-the-box via the <strong> and <em> tags.

1. Add Hack to HTML

Include one of the following in the <head> section of your HTML file:

Basic Latin + Latin-1 Supplement Character Set Character Set

<link rel="stylesheet" href="//">

Full Character Set

<link rel="stylesheet" href="//">

2. Add Hack to CSS

pre, code { font-family: Hack, monospace; }

Additional tools for Hack font customization

Line Spacing Adjustments

font-line is a tool that lets you easily modify the default line spacing of Hack (20% UPM). See the font-line repository for more details, and be sure to check out the line-spacing directory of the repository for shell scripts that automate the entire process across several commonly used line spacing defaults.

Overview of features

  • Typeface Name: Hack
  • Category: Monospaced
  • Powerline Support: Yes
  • Number of Glyphs: 1561
  • Included Styles: Regular, Bold, Italic, Bold Italic
  • Latest Release: v2.020



Hack © 2015-2017, Christopher Simpkins (with Reserved Font Name Hack).

Bitstream Vera Sans Mono © 2003 Bitstream, Inc. (with Reserved Font Names Bitstream and Vera).

See for the full texts of the licenses.