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Original author(s)Keith Packard
Stable release
2.3.2 / June 5, 2012; 7 years ago (2012-06-05)
TypeSoftware library
LicenseQuasi-BSD license[citation needed]

Xft, the X FreeType interface library, is a free computer program library written by Keith Packard. As of version 2.1, it is licensed under a quasi-BSD license.

It is designed to allow the FreeType rasterizer to be used with the X Rendering Extension; it is generally employed to use FreeType's anti-aliased fonts with the X Window System. Xft also depends on fontconfig for access to the system fonts.


  • Keith Packard (2001-11-08). "The Xft Font Library: Architecture and Users Guide". Proceedings of the 5th annual conference on Linux Showcase & Conference. USENIX Association. 5: 22–22.
  • Roderick W. Smith. Linux in a Windows World. O'Reilly. p. 458.

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