Glyphs free download for Mac


20 July 2020

Dependable and intuitive font editor.


Glyphs smart and simple approach helps you draw new typefaces, modify existing fonts, and sculpt your letterforms hassle-free.

What's new in Glyphs

Version 2.6.5:
Menu Commands and Tools
  • Hold down Opt key to turn Paths > Add Extremes into Force Extremes
  • The Knife tool (Shift-E) now works as expected when you cut a path through the same segment twice
  • Now also in the Annotations tool (A), you can temporarily invoke the Hand tool by holding down the space bar, and the Select tool with the Cmd key
  • Rectangle and Circle tools (F, Shift-F) now behave as expected with big grids
Variable Fonts and Interpolation
  • Glyphs does not export any TrueType Delta instructions in variable fonts anymore
  • Font Info > Font > Custom Parameters > Axis Mappings parameter allows decimal numbers
  • Font Info > Masters > Custom Parameters > Axis Location now works now as you would expect it with intermediate masters
  • Improved Font Info > Font > Custom Parameters > Axes dialog, now only accepts 6 axes and validates axis tags
  • Fixed: missing kerning pairs in variable fonts, and a rare problem in TrueType conversion where a curve segment would collapse
  • Filter > Fix Compatibility dialog now properly works with Bracket layers again (thanks Tamir)
Plug-ins and Scripts in Catalina
  • Third-party extensions automatically inherit Glyphs’ notarization now, even when it is not installed through Window > Plugin Manager
  • Python scripts that open a file dialog now work as expected in Catalina
Reusing shapes
  • Improved Smart Component settings: now accepts numbers with decimals
  • Smart Glyph settings now allow properties to be reordered by dragging
  • You can now re-interpolate smart components with the context menu of the Layers palette
  • Copying and pasting smart components, especially multiple ones at once, now works as expected
  • Transformed components decompose at export
  • Improved snapping when dragging regular components
  • Start point is preserved more reliably
  • Round trip conversion PS-TT-PS avoids double nodes
  • TTFStems and TTFZones parameters: zone and stem deltas now work properly for sizes above 47 PPM
File Import and Export
  • Also invoke the File > Export dialog (Cmd-E) when the Font Info window is in front
  • Improved conversion to and from UFO: better mark feature writing, locked state of a component is properly exchanged with ufolib, better UFO export dialog
More Improvements
  • Improved app localizations for Japanese, Chinese, French or Spanish (thanks Nathalie, Willie, Sol, Txus, Toshi)
  • You can now add an unlimited number of color palettes in the Color Palettes parameter (thanks Rasmus)
  • Improved handling of double encodings
  • Display String legibility improvements: no more escaping of /space in tab titles, but escaping of PUA glyphs with their glyph names
  • Improved OpenType feature code generation, especially in mark and mkmk, and for Thai
  • The Dimensions palette for Thai now works as expected
  • Metrics keys with a negative constant, e.g., =-10 now work as expected
  • The red indicator for ultra-short paths (<1u) is not displayed in fine grid settings anymore
  • Some Glyph Data improvements: two improved Arabic glyph names (thanks Bob), and GlyphData.xml gets validated when it is loaded
  • Static font interpolation: better rounding for both glyph widths and components
  • No more scaling of weightClass parameter when scaling the font (thanks John)
  • Improved stability and performance

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10 Reviews of Glyphs

26 September 2016
Version: 2.3.1

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Does not start on macOS 10.12 (Sierra) - just bounces endlessly in the Dock. :-(
26 September 2016
Version: 2.3.1
Does not start on macOS 10.12 (Sierra) - just bounces endlessly in the Dock. :-(
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04 March 2014
Version: 1.4.2
I had high hopes for this, but it doesn't export as TTF so I can't use it.
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19 April 2012
Version: 1.3.7
The system requirements are incorrectly listed. I downloaded version 1.3.7 and it was 64bit intel only. Too bad. The author just lost lost a sale.
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30 March 2012
Version: 1.3.6
A lite version called "Glyphs Mini" is available in the Mac AppStore At a more affordable price of USD 44.99. There is also a free trial version on their website.
19 January 2012
Version: 1.2
$300? Good luck with that.
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19 January 2012
Version: 1.1.8
There is also a smaller version of Glyphs available in the Mac Appstore: Glyphs Mini. It is priced for €35,99 (Dutch price). Has anybody tried it?
11 November 2011
Version: 1.1.6
Finally, a font editor for the new millennium. The feature-set is already wonderful, and considering that this is still in version 1, the future of the app looks promising. It will certainly have an impact among font designers. However, the market of font foundries and people who make money out of designing type is very, very small. IMHO, either you have to make a VERY high-end tool, and charge thousands, or - if you are going to market for the masses, like this tool is supposed to be - then you have to make it affordable. As several others have already mentioned: a $300 price tag is not affordable for the masses. I also have to agree with a previous comment, that if English is not the developer's first language, then they should hire the services of an expert translator. At $300/pop they should be able to afford it.
10 September 2011
Version: 1.0.13
Using the trial right now—I think that the interface is amazing, in comparison to other font-editing software. (I still think FontLab is the best when it comes to handling merging contours, but Glyphs is by far the most intuitive for most tasks.) However, as others have mentioned, the price is a sticking point: $300? In 2011? Yes, FontLab and Fontographer are more expensive, but times have changed, and software pricing reflects that. This price would have been considered "cheap" in 1991, but in 2011, it's a bit steep. No, he probably shouldn't charge $2.99, but $100 might be a better price. Another issue is some of the text in the interface and in the help -- it's obvious that the copy is written by non-native speakers of English, and I think that it would do the devs well to get a good copywriter on board at some point to clean up the UI language for the English localisations. Will I buy it? Probably not at this price, but I do respect what the developer is trying to do with Glyphs.
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26 July 2011
Version: 1.0.13
Really appreciate what Georg Seifert and his team are doing here. And i know that competitors are more expensive. But offering this app for $300 is a huge marketing FAIL. The app market and its prices have radically changed in the past three years. Developers can't ignore that. Giving 4/5 stars nevertheless, because its a great app.
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08 July 2011
Version: 1.0.6
"The font editor for everyone". Really? For everyone? At $299.99?
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