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M+ FONTS are Japanese font families designed by Coji Morishita. The 'M' stands for 'Minimum', while the plus sign means above minimum.


M+ 2P Light
CategorySans Serif, Monospace
Designer(s)Morishita, Cōji (森下 浩司)
Date created2003-11-?
Date released2003-12-? (TESTFLIGHT-001)
2017-10-25 v 063
VariationsProportional with 7 weights from thin to black, and Monospace with 5 weights from thin to bold. Two Kana curve styles.
See #Naming.

The M+ OUTLINE FONTS are sans-serif, with proportional and monospaced fonts and many different weights ranging from thin to black. The fonts support following characters sets: C0 controls and basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement, Latin Extended-A, Japanese Kana, and Japanese Kanji.[1] The fonts are developed using FontForge.[2] The current version contains over 4600 glyphs.


An M+ outline font is named in a pattern like M+, followed by 1 or 2, and then optionally P, C, M, or MN. The numbers denote glyph design styles, while the letters denote latin glyph configurations.

  • Kana & latin style numbering. Japanese glyphs are full-width. The ideographic (kanji) glyphs are identical between fonts of same weights.
    M+ 1
    Consists of contrasting straight lines and hand-drawn curves.
    M+ 2
    Incorporates traditional feature of Kana script in the overall modern sans-serif design.
  • Proportional Latin fonts. Available in thin, light, regular, medium, bold, heavy, black weights:
    M+ P (1P/2P)
    aimed as sophisticated and relaxed design
    M+ C (1C/2C)
    optimized to be proportioned well in typesetting
  • Fixed half-width Latin fonts. Available in thin, light, regular, medium, bold weights:
    M+ M (1M/2M)
    created to emphasize the balance of natural letterform and high legibility
    M+ MN Type-1 (1MN)
    high visibility font designed for programming use

The Latin Type-1 and Type-2 font are designed for use with M+ 1 and M+ 2 fonts respectively. Each Type-2 font has several alternative glyphs different from the respective Type-1 font.


The font family was selected as one of the "free fonts of the month" in Smashing Magazine,[3] and also selected as "Project of the Month" in SourceForge.JP.[4] It has also been selected as an excellent font among eight fonts for print and screen.[5]


M+ BITMAP FONTS consists of raster fonts, originally developed in 2002.[6]

Font list[edit]

  • Japanese and Latin: All Japanese glyphs occupy full-width cells. Fonts are made in heights of 10 and 12 pixels in regular and bold weights.
    • M+ gothic: Japanese with half-width Latin glyphs.
    • M+ goth_p: Japanese with proportional Latin glyphs.
  • Latin only
    • M+ fxd: It consists of fixed-width glyphs. Fonts are made in heights of 10 and 12 pixels in regular and bold weights.
    • M+ hlv: It is a replacement of Helvetica. Fonts are made in heights of 10 and 12 pixels in regular and bold weights.
    • M+ sys: It is designed for user interface. Fonts are made in height of 10 pixels in regular and bold weights.
    • M+ qub: It is a 6-pixel high regular weight miniature font.


The license for these font files is as follows:

These fonts are free software.

Unlimited permission is granted to use, copy, and distribute them, with or without modification, either commercially or noncommercially.



  1. ^ "M+ OUTLINE FONTS - FONTS FEATURES". M+ FONTS PROJECT. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-22.
  2. ^ "M+ OUTLINE FONTS - ABOUT #SPECIAL THANKS". M+ FONTS PROJECT. 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  3. ^ Vitaly Friedman (March 7, 2008). "Free Fonts Of The Month (in March 2008)". Smashing Magazine. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  4. ^ hiromichi-m (2009-08-03). "今月のプロジェクト 2009年8月 - M+ FONTS" [Project of the Month (in August 2009) - M+ FONTS] (in Japanese). OSDN.JP. Retrieved 2010-04-03.
  5. ^ Ian Cylkowski (June 7, 2010). "excellent font for print and screen". design by izo.
  6. ^ potm_0908_mplus - OSDN.JP Wiki - OSDN.JP
  7. ^ "M+ OUTLINE FONTS". Retrieved 2013-02-20.

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