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Gurmukhi/ Punjabi Fonts for free download. . .

Used in bollywood films and on the covers of literally dozens of books as well in as magazines and papers, my fonts are available for you to download from here and use for free.Used in bollywood films and on the covers of literally dozens of books as well in as magazines and papers, my fonts are available for you to download from this page and use for free. These free Gurmukhi fonts - 252 fonts in 30 main families (more than 10,690,000 font file downloads to date) can be used in commercial as well as non-commercial contexts.

All of the fonts here have characters both in the Gurmukhi UTF-8 range and also in the ASCII range. This means that you can use them with programs that haven't got UniCode capabilities as well as with those that have although you might find that you can do more with the font using Unicode, or that there are extra features built in so that things are done automatically by the font, such as contextual substitutions - look for the 'CSub' logo on the left.

Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.You can also look at the characters in individual fonts and styles, compare upto three at a time and download any or all of them from the font viewer page (click here).

If you are not sure of how to install a font, look at the font installation page.

If you have installed a complete family of fonts, such as 'Raaj', and you think you can't see them all, look at the end of this page.

Fonts

All of the font files on this site are free to download and use. You can: download all of the fonts in one file (immediately below); download groups of fonts families (at the top of each section in the table below); individual families of fonts; or single fonts, one at a time. You can download groups or families of fonts as '.zip' files (Windows) or '.tar.bz2' files (Linux/UNIX). They are the same font files, just in different archive types.

For increased compatibility between systems, all of the fonts are: TrueType fonts; or, OpenType fonts in TrueType wrappers - in other words, they all end in '.ttf'.

Download all font files as one large compressed archive (zip or tar.bz2).
Download All 252 fonts (all 30 families with all styles) in one file:
allbillie.zip 9,174,382 bytes (Windows); or,
allbillie.tar.bz2 6,174,705 bytes (UNIX/Linux).
 
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 High-legibility - Machine  Download all Machine fonts (67) in one file (btc-machine.zip)  Click here.
Gurvetica Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 48 Latin glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Designed specifically for readability. Includes Roman characters that match style and size for each font.     Updated version of this font now available
Gurvetica A Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 10 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     As Gurvetica but ASCII range has Gurmukhi for those without Gurmukhi keyboard layouts.        
Bulara Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 9 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     High readability font with body and display variants - also has hollow and bordered variants for display uses.        
 Art 
 abstract  Download all abstract fonts (58) in one file (btc-abstract.zip)  Click here.
Dekho Font suitable for Display text 5 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Very stylised display font, based on Art Deco, making it good for medium-sized font work as well as display work.       Updated version of this font now available
Dekho Naveen Font suitable for Display text 5 Latin glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Even more stylised display font, based on Art Deco, making it good for medium-sized font work as well as display work. Latin range is kerned.      
Magaz Font suitable for Display text 5 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Very stylised display font, based around low number of horizontal lines, making it good for small font work as well as display work.        
Rupe Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 22 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Based upon GHW Dukandar, this font is the stylised essence (ਰੂਪ) of practical, stripped-down Gurmukhi. Legible enough for body-font work and for display, includes bordered and hollow variants.     Updated version of this font now available
Dwarka Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 3 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Monolinear Gurmukhi font in the style of Gujarati. Legible enough for body-font work and for display. Intelligent glyph coding in font.    
Modhera Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 5 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Very stylised, 'rounded-serifed' Gurmukhi font in the style of Gujarati. Highly legible with many contextual alternative forms of sihari and bihari. Intelligent glyph coding in font.  
Uttar Font suitable for Display text 9 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Stylised display font, providing part-way step to Tibetan-styled Gurmukhi.        
Tsheg Font suitable for Display text 4 Latin glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Stylised display font, Tibetan (Uchan)-styled Gurmukhi Tee-shirt/tattoo font. Over 600 glyphs. Updated version of this font now available
 imitation  Download all imitation fonts (7) in one file (btc-imitation.zip)  Click here.
Gurmukhi
Old Letterpress
Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 4 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     This is before Gurmukhi settled down to the single Bani style in the late 20th century and has some interesting characters.       Updated version of this font now available
Punjabi Typewriter Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 3 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Monospaced, mechanical typewriter with its limitations imitated in this font.        
 fun  Download all fun fonts (25) in one file (btc-fun.zip)  Click here.
Adami Font suitable for Display text 1 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Stylised, 'fun', 'party' block font with angular cut-outs. Punjabi take on Adamski. Intelligent glyph coding in font. - Updated version of this font now available
DIN 1451 Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 2 Latin glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     German international standard for road signs and so on - Very early design in the standard. Intelligent glyph coding in font.  
DIN 1451 A Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 2 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     German international standard for road signs and so on - Very early design in the standard. Gurmukhi glyphs in ASCII range. Intelligent glyph coding in font.  
Gubara Font suitable for Display text 4 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Very stylised, 'fun', 'party' font. Balloons form letters, helped by string and weights. String in different thicknesses and additonal balloons only variant supplied to help colouring. Intelligent glyph coding in font.  
Jashan Font suitable for Display text 1 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Very stylised, 'fun', 'party' lively font - Punjabi version modelled on the Party font. Intelligent glyph coding in font. -  
Julaf Font suitable for Display text 1 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Very stylised, 'fun', 'party' curly font - Punjabi version modelled on the Curlz font. Intelligent glyph coding in font. -  
Karmic Sanj Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 7 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Handwritten body/display font simulating someone with a felt-tipped pen trying to do a neat job.      
Rangdar Font suitable for Display text 8 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Multi-coloured font - size and position font with font 1 and then select 3 or four colour versions. Intelligent glyph coding in font.  
 Script/ Stylised Hand Writing  Download all script fonts (28) in one file (btc-script.zip)  Click here.
Raajaa Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 7 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Tailless variant of Raaj, suitable for body text where space is limited       Updated version of this font now available
Choti Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 12 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Short-tail-length handwritten script special body text Similar to Raajaa but with short tails.     -    
Raaj Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 7 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Medium-tail-length handwritten script special body text. Unicode Gurmukhi range uses paer characters that modify the tails where appropriate.      
Lanma Font suitable for Display text 2 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Long-tailed handwritten display script with full-length tailed paer characters for tailed characters. Suitable for certificates and other special documents.     -   Updated version of this font now available
 Real Handwriting/painting  Download all real handwriting fonts (36) in one file (btc-hand.zip)  Click here.
GHW Adhiapak Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 14 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Handwritten text from a Punjabi Teacher, born and brought up in the Punjab, now resident in the UK. Combines standard character forms with speed, fluidity and humanity.      
GHW Dukandar Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 5 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Practical, no-nonsense, fast handwriting, just like your grandmother back in the Punjab writes.      
GHW Penti Akhari Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 10 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Late 16th, early 17th century handwritten Gurmukhi, just like you would find in important texts of the day. Includes 4 Larivar styles.       Updated version of this font now available
GHW Purani Primer PDL Font suitable for Display text 1 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Fancy, handwriting based upon a primer supplied by Punjab Digital Library. Contains many versions of letters according to context - all selected automatically in Unicode but all accessible through ASCII using code sequences described on its own page.  
GHP Full Font suitable for Display text 6 Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area     Hand-painted sign-writing, complete with shadows, suitable for shop signs, banners, Tee-shirts, large headings et cetera. Updated version of this font now available
 Transliteration  Download all Transliteration fonts (28) in one file (btc-trans.zip)  Click here.
Iragan Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 8 Latin glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area Gurmukhi glyphs in this area   Converts Devanagari to Gurmukhi so Gurmukhi readers can access Devanagari texts online.        
Dave Font suitable for Body text as well as Display text 20 Latin glyphs in this area Devanagari glyphs in this area     Converts Gurmukhi to Devanagari so Devanagari readers can access Gurmukhi texts online.        
 For more details about each font, read on. To download the fonts, click here.

Windows BugRegarding Unicode text: Note that whilst all of the fonts on this site work fine on UNIX/Linux there is a bug in some older versions of the rendering engine on Windows that means that in the Unicode range, some fonts will not display correctly in some programs on those systems. All of the fonts on this site work correctly in The Gimp - free image editing program - on Windows and UNIX/Linux but on some older versions of Windows, some programs don't process Indic fonts correctly.

Fonts work to differing degrees on those systems, depending upon how buggy the system is, you might find that some programs:

  • work completely well;
  • don't allow ligatures in Latin (like 'ffi' and so on) used by some fonts to give extra functionality;
  • have problems with conjunct formation
  • might steal elements from adjacent conjucts in complex words (usually English words in Gurmukhi written with explicit conjncts)
  • have problems with conjunct glyph element positioning
  • ...Windows Bug
  • don't even put a sihari before the consonant/conjunct.
For example, Adobe Photoshop CS3 on Windows Vista Ultimate with Microsoft's own Raavi font falls into ths latter category, even though it all works perfectly on The GIMP on the same system with the same font.

Note, click on the character image on the right to see a sample of the font in different sizes and weights:

  • GurveticaUpdated version of this font now available - a highly legible font, designed to work extremely well both in display and body text. Attention has been paid to differentiating between vowels so that people with less than perfect vision can read smaller point sizes better - thus making newspapers, books and leaflets easier to read.

    It comes in a variety of widths as well as weights and keeps to the traditional Gurmukhi monolinear ideal thus allowing for greater legibility in stretched or condensed headlines (just choose the font width that is closest so as to reduce any residual stretching distortion to a minumum).

    This font is designed to be of production quality and is provided in two versions - one with the Gurmukhi characters in the ASCII range (Gurvetica A) in the same way as the other fonts on this site - click on the image on the right for an example) and one with ASCII characters in the ASCII range (Gurvetica) click on the image below it on the right). Note that the latter also comes in a variety of widths.

    The ASCII characters:
    • are also monolinear, matching the Gurmukhi characters;
    • have the same baseline as the Gurmukhi characters;
    • have the same height so that the top is in line with the bar of the Gurmukhi characters;
    • have the same weights as the Gurmukhi characters so that they keep the same colour as you change weight; and,
    • have the same widths as the Gurmukhi characters so that they keep in proportion when you change between Gurvetica font widths.
    All of these things allow you to type Roman text in with your Gurmukhi, UTF-8, text and allow you to change weight and width without having to mess around, re-aligning fonts or changing other parameters to get the text to match;

  • Raaj - a handwritten style with tails, primarily designed as a display font (for use in titles and so on) - especially the script versions.

    This has some additional key mappings so that the diacritical marks that appear below the characters do not get in the way of the tails - if you want a paer form of a character, the tail is automatically removed because of the way that the font has been designed;

  • RaajaaUpdated version of this font now available - the same handwritten style (with the same extended key mappings) but without the tails, primarily designed for use in body text.

    Using the same key mappings means that you can change the font from Raaj to Raajaa without having to re-work any special sequences you have set;

  • Choti - A very similar, handwritten style to Raaj and Raajaa above but with short tails (hence the name 'Choti'), primarily designed for use in body text, providing tails in a manageable size.

    This font also has some of the more peculiar key mappings that the ASCII-based fonts have - such as the u-umlaut mapping to a short dulaunkard that is shifted to the left so that a paer character can be placed in the space. Note that all of these peculiarities are dealt with in Unicode automatically - you just type as you would spell it out and it is all taken care of;

  • Lanma font gurmukhi free downloadLanmaUpdated version of this font now available - v1.1 2011 - the same handwritten style as Raaj and Raajaa above (with the same extended key mappings) but with longer, more decorative tails, primarily designed for use as a display font for use as, say, certificate or book titles or fancy images.

    Using the same key mappings means that you can change the font from Raaj to Lanma without having to re-work any special sequences you have set;

  • Karmic Sanj - A clean, informal, font, designed to be a Gurmukhi mirror for the ComicSansMS font that you see just about everywhere. It is available in seven weights: thin, light, book, medium, bold, heavy and black.;

  • Magaz - A clean, stylised, legible, font, designed to work down to really small sizes if required but keeping a consitent size and clean appearence as large as you like;

  • Bulara - A clean, legible, font, designed to work as a display font.

    Comes in various bold styles as well as true, hollow styles which, unlike many other hollow or outline fonts, has endcaps.

    This means that you don't end up with little black lines across the outline bar at the top of the characters, each time a character starts - it is clean, right through to the end of the word;

    Bulara Thin Border is a single font that has a proper border so that the font is transparent as you can see with the drop-shadow example on the right.

    The difference between this and just taking a normal font and growing the alpha border on an image editor is that here, you get square corners as opposed to round ones.

    It also available as two separate fonts so that you can treat the border and the body differently.

    To make use of this, copy the same text into the same place on your image editor and just change the font - it still uses the end-caps;

  • RupeUpdated version of this font now available - v1.1 2011 - Primarily designed as a display font, although it has the legibility of a body text font as well, this highly stylised font takes the efficiency of GHW Dukandar - eliminating any part of a character that does not help to differentiate it from other characters (such as between ਮ and ਸ) but with the overriding requirement that it is still legible with as little effort as possible - and formalises it into a clean, consistent font.

    The image on the right is produced using Rupe Heavy. The font layer is used as an alpha mask which is filled with an orange gradient and then expanded and filled on different layers with white and black; and then a drop shadow is added to make it stand out from the image (which you will see when you click on the text image on the right). The image itself is from the ਵਿਸਾਖੀ celebrations in Derby (UK) on Sunday 19th April 2009.

    In addition to the normal fonts - ranging from Ultra Thin through to Black, in 10 weights, Rupe also has four weights of border and eight weights of outline font;

  • Dwarka is designed to work both as a display and body font so it works well both in titles and in body text. The font sets out to provide a Punjabi likeness of Gujarati in the same way that Tsheg sets out to do the same with Tibetan.

    This font has a set of glyphs in the ASCII range that are all 'straight-tail'. The glyphs in the Gurmukhi range are also all 'straight-tail' if your image processor/word processor doesn't support the advanced typography features of TrueType fonts. However, if your program does support them, the Gurmukhi/Unicode glyphs all spontaneously turn into the 'curved tail' variants that is one of the characteristics of Gujarati.

    Like the 'Full' and 'Dekho' fonts, longer Ek Onkar figures care produced by typing a Gurmukhi one then an oorda of some type followed by a tippee - see the notes for Dekho below for the details.

    All of the image work is done with the free software 'The GIMP';

  • Modhera, like Dwarka above, is designed to work both as a display and body font so it works well both in titles and in body text. The font sets out to provide a non-mono-linear Punjabi likeness of Gujarati in the same way that Tsheg sets out to do the same with Tibetan.

    Like Dwarka, this font has a set of glyphs in the ASCII range that are all 'straight-tail'. The glyphs in the Gurmukhi range are also all 'straight-tail' if your image processor/word processor doesn't support the advanced typography features of TrueType fonts. However, if your program does support them, the Gurmukhi/Unicode glyphs all spontaneously turn into the 'curved tail' variants that is one of the characteristics of Gujarati.

    One characteristic of this font is that there are a number of variants of siharis and biharis, depending upon the context. This makes for a more fluid appearance that is more appealing to the eye.

    Like the 'Full', 'Dekho' and 'Dwarka' fonts, longer Ek Onkar figures care produced by typing a Gurmukhi one then an oorda of some type followed by a tippee - see the notes for Dekho below for the details.

    All of the image work is done with the free software 'The GIMP';

  • Gubara, Unlike any of the other Gurmukhi fonts that I have designed so far, Gubara is a 'fun' font, suitable for parties and other celebrations for banners, tee-shirts and so on. Made from regular and shaped balloons (gubara), tied together with string and where appropriate, held down with weights, they form the letters of the Gurmukhi alphabet.

    There are three fonts with string so that you can just select the one with the string that is thick enough for the job. The one with the thinest string is called 'Big' because it is most suitable for large prints where the string is visible enough. The Medium and Small variants have progressively thicker string so that it can still be seen at small sizes. To get the thickness right, just flick through the font variants until one looks right.

    The fourth variant - '0 No String' - is just the balloons. With this, you can position the no-strings font over the version with the strings as a different layer in your image editing/ presentation program and change the colour of the balloons so that it is different to the colour of the string. It makes colouring it in by hand easier - if you want to - as it will be on a different layer.

    Adhak and bindi use intelligent programming in the font so they are processed automatically but if you are using ASCII instead of Unicode, these are covered manually as usual.

    All of the image work is done with the free software 'The GIMP';

  • Miscellaneous Fun FontsUpdated version of this font now available - Like Gubara above, I have put together a number of 'fun' fonts, based loosely upon some popular designs such as Adamski and Curlz. These are suitable for parties and other celebrations for banners, tee-shirts and so on.

    Like the other fonts here, they all support Gurmukhi in the Unicode range and like most here, these also have the characters reflected into the ASCII range although you don't get all of the benefits there - if you haven't already added Unicode Gurmukhi typing to your computer, you really should do so as soon as possible because there is so much more functionality in the fonts than with the basic ASCII.

    Like a number of other fonts here, adhak and bindi use intelligent programming in the font so they are processed automatically but if you are using ASCII instead of Unicode, these are covered manually as usual (although in a more limited way).

    All of the image work is done with the free software 'The GIMP';

  • DekhoUpdated version of this font now available - Primarily designed as a display font, although it largely has the legibility of a body text font as well, Dekho (meaning 'look' in Hindi and Punjabi) is designed around Art Deco, forming a very clean and consistent font whist taking advantage of a gratuitous play on words.

    Note that 'W' and 'Ny' (ਵ and ਞ) use a topographically similar character form to the forms in Penti Akhari and in Old Letterpress.

    Here, the 'elbow' is exaggerated, along with the descending curve of the character's 'upper arm' to make it very Art Deco.

    The image on the right is produced using the Dekho font in an Art Deco context - click on it to see the full-sized image (600x800).

    For Unicode users, you can get a normal-sized ੴ by typing a 1 (੧) then a ਓ followed by a tippie (as in ਕੰ over the ਕ which you can get by typing a capital 'X' on the standard Unicode type layout). If, instead, you type ਉ followed by a tippie, you get one that extends far enough for around 6 characters and if you use a ਊ followed by a tippie, you get one long enough for around 12 characters, like so...

    All of the image work is done with the free software 'The GIMP';

  • Dekho Naveen - Designed specifically as a display font, Dekho Naveen (or 'New Deco') is designed to be an extended version of the 'Dekho' font above.

    Different to the font above, Dekho Naveen also has latin figures in the ASCII range so, if you are going to access the Gurmukhi letters in this font, you are going to have to use Unicode.

    Again, all of the image work is done with the free software 'The GIMP';

  • Uttar - Designed specifically as a display font, Uttar (or 'Northern') is is based upon the 'Dekho Naveen' font above.

    Although based upon Dekho Naveen, Uttar has three different widths and the three different weights provided are formed by increasing the width of the horizontal lines if the have a curve in them or if it is the bar.

    Also, the bar is not continuous as in the case with Tibetan fonts and this font represents a 'soft step' towards that style.

    All of the image work is done with the free software 'The GIMP';

  • TshegUpdated version of this font now available - Designed specifically as a display font, Tsheg (pronounced 'Cheg') is Tibetan-style Gurmukhi and Roman/Latin.

    There is so much to this font that it has its own webpage. Click here to visit that page.

  • GHW Purani Primer PDL - based upon a 100 year-old primer, supplied by the Punjab Digital Library.

    Using it with Unicode is simple - just cut and paste your text, or even type it in - but there are so many options for each character that would be chosen by the programming in the font when using Unicode, that to use it in ASCII needs some information about how to select each letter's variants therefore the font has its own webpage. Click here to visit that page.

  • GHP FullUpdated version of this font now available - Designed specifically as a display font, Full is a hand-painted sign-style Gurmukhi font.

    There is so much to this font that it has its own webpage. Click here to visit that page.

  • Gurmukhi Handwritten - Adhiapak - This is a real-life Gurmukhi handwritten font.

    It is still highly legible as it keeps largely to the Gurbani style of character production - the sort of style that your teacher would use.

    However, on the other hand, it turns your machine-produced-looking text into something that a real person would have written, capturing the energy and flow of the writing.

    It appears in 9 different weights from Thin to Black, a Script version and . . .

    also two weights of a marker version, complete with tips fonts (click on the two images on the right to see larger versions in a new window).

    The tips font produces a series of dots as you would if you were using a felt-tipped pen to write with. This is where the pen has been placed on the medium and the ink has had time to soak in or, where the pen has been lifted from the medium and it has left a small 'pool' of the ink.

    To use one of these fonts in a word processor or presentation program, type out what you want to and then duplicate that layer/object or whatever your program calls it. Keep it in the same place but change the font to the tips version of that font and the tips will show up.

    With the lighter colours of highlighter pens, they leave a pool of opaque ink that is lighter than where the pen has been moved when writing.

    Use your imagination and your skills with your image editor - think of how light is: reflected from the surface of the ink; and transmitted through it; when it is thick (as in one of the tips parts) and when it is thin (as in the rest of the writing.

  • Gurmukhi Handwritten - Dukandar - Real people don't write their shopping list in Times New Roman or use a word processor, they use their own handwriting.

    In the same way that English handwritten 'z's and 's's don't look like printed ones, GHW Dukander is a handwritten font that takes the essence of the writing and uses only that.

    In short, this is the writing form that real people who write Gurmukhi all of the time for their personal notes to their shopping lists to would use.

    GHW Dukandar is also available as a Marker pen version in two weights.

    This gives the impression of a 'chisel point' marker pen held at 45 degrees and scales well to any size.

    The image on the right (click on it for a full-sized version to open up in a new window) takes the GHW Dukandar Marker Bold font and is processed to make it look as though ਅੰਗ੍ਰੇਜ਼ੀ has been written on a piece of balsa wood with a rather wet, green marker pen, showing what you can do with these fonts if you want to use them to create special images as well as masses of body text.

    In addition to the Bold Marker font, there is also a Bold Marker Tips font which gives just the tips (ie, where the pen didn't move at the begining and end and sometimes part way through forming any of the characters). If, on an image editor, you copy the text, keeping the positon the same, you an change the font to the tips version which you can make a darker colour. Some image editors might give you different line spacings but just about all of the work is done for you with this font;

  • Gurmukhi Handwritten - Penti AkhariUpdated version of this font now available - v1.5 2012 - Like Dukander and Adhiapak above, Penti Akhari is real handwriting.

    This is what Gurmukhi looked like at the end of the 16th century and at the beginning of the 17th. GHW Penti Akhari is what you would have seen as neat handwriting in important works such as scriptures and so on, where legibility is important - note that normally, no spaces are used and with this in mind, this font includes 4 Larivar styles where instead of having to eliminate spaces by hand, the font simply doesn't write a space (ie, the cursor doesn't move). Word breaks are still there and whilst it will just join up the words without any spaces, your word processor will still break for a new line at a word boundary. If you want to have letters right up to the end of the line for the sake of art over legibility - ie, part-way through a word - you are going to have to insert line breaks manually. This is still easier than removing all spaces or than typing the original text without any spaces at word boundaries.

    Interestingly, the normal open oorda (ਓ - the standalone version of ਕੋ) is drawn as ੳ - you don't need to convert any ਓs to ੳs to get the shape, it is already in the font.

    In the interest of compatibility with reading modern Gurmukhi, I have also included adhak (ਕੱਕ) and the dotted forms - ਸ਼, ਖ਼, ਗ਼, ਜ਼ and ਫ਼.

    The image on the right shows a comparison of late 16th- early 17th-Century Gurmukhi with: modern Gurmukhi on the left; and, as an interesting pointer, where some similarities lie with Devanagari (albeit modern Devanagari).

    On the second line, you can see how ਙ has lost its extra curve at the top (it was like the Devanagari character इ, the equivalent in Gurmukhi of ਇ) to become the modern version.

    On the next line, ਝ has generated a loop to become the modern version and you can see that ਡ has had the bottom line extended to the left.

    Furthere down, you can see that the two lines of ਕੈ now meet in the same place at the top of the letter and that originally, ਕੰ was a circle.

    Likewise, the horda (ਕੌ) originally had a circle with the tail as well.

    Comparing it with Devanagari, ਛ is extremely similar to the equivalent letter छ.

    With the letters, you can see that the sihari (ਕਿ), is drawn so that the tip reaches across to the vertical line in the letter it belongs to, as in कि - this is done in Devanagari because groups of consonants can be made and the sihari demonstrates where the right hand side of the conjunct is (for, example, in the word 'stick' - 'स्टिक').

    Finally, the aunkard is written in the same way as in Devanagari when writing devanagari by hand, with the right hand side looping around from the end of the letter it belongs to, as in टु, thus making it quick to write, as opposed to in Gurmukhi, where it lies clearly and evenly under it - ਟੁ. This is just as quick to write in Gurmukhis because, although you have taken your pen off the paper, you don't have to reposition it as accurately because it is not in contact with the parent letter.

    The numbers also have some differences which are similar to Devanagari as you can see on the right.

    Interestingly, the 16th century 9 (੯) is very much like the modern Gurmukhi 9, except that the horizontal line is missing.



  • Gurmukhi Old LetterpressUpdated version of this font now available - v1.1 2012 - A font that is designed to represent a mechanically produced typeface from the mid-20th century, before things became standardised with the Bani-fonts design that is so ubiquitous today.

    There are some interesting characters in this font:
    • ਝ is closer to the 17th Century version with its 'c'-like bend at the bottom having evolved into a corner for this font, before it inally turns into a look in the modern version at the top;
    • ਡ has the same, easily-recognisable loop at the bottom but the hole in it is circular;
    • This has been carried on to ਢ and ਦ which have their loops in the same style but perhaps more noticably, the central body of these two characters is also circular - I suspect that in the pre-computerised, metal-cutting environment, when producing the initial metalworkings for these so that the lead type can be manufactured from them, circles are easier to manufacture than irregular shapes, especially when looking at the size of these things when producing small characters for typesetting books; and,
    • ਵ (and also ਞ) have the same bottom section as the 17th century font.
    The two that is most likely to cause confusion to someone just glancing over a piece of text are going to be ਢ and ਦ which look a bit like a modern ਟ if you ignore the loops (although interestingly the ਟ in this font is more like the Devanagari equivalent ट).

    Click on the image on the right to see an example of work that can be done with this font. Note that towards the bottom of the image, you can see the paer characters.

  • Punjabi Typewriter - A monospaced, font, designed to represent the output of a typewriter. At 10 points, this gives 80 characters across on A4 paper with a reasonable border.

  • Iragan - A Gurmukhi font that occupies the UniCode space that Devanagari normally uses. This means that if you have some properly encoded text in Devanagari, you can change the font to Iragan and people who do understand Hindi and can read Gurmukhi but can't read Devanagari, can read that text.

    Like Gurvetica, the Roman (ASCII/ANSI) part of the font has Roman characters in it that match that font style.

  • Dave - A Devanagari font that occupies the UTF-8 space that Gurmukhi normally uses. This means that if you have some properly encoded text in Gurmukhi, you can change the font to Dave and people who do understand Punjabi and can read Devanagari but can't read Gurmukhi, can read that text.

    Like Gurvetica, the Roman (ASCII/ANSI) part of the font has Roman characters in it that match that font style.

The Magaz font is in five weights: thin, light, normal, bold and black. They are fully hinted and because of colour-balancing, the bold font will work at very small pixel sizes (clear at 9 px em size) like so . . . Magaz font legible at very small sizes

Each Raaj and Raajaa font is in seven styles: thin, light, normal, bold, black, script-thin and script. You can see an example of their use here...

Raaj fonts gurmukhi free download

Mappings

The key mappings for each of them is the same - you use the UTF-8 mapping for your system but the ASCII part of the mapping is the same as the Windows98SE mapping above on this page.

There are some additonal mappings in that:

  • Exclamation mark is mapped to noon - ਨੂੰ - so that you have it all in one character;
  • Shift-Backtick (usually the top-left key on the keyboard) is a paer wawwaa;
  • Underscore is mapped to a short line so that you can extend the space between letters if you want to (say you need some extra space between an adhak and a sihari for instance);
  • Minus gives an aunkard that is shifted to the left in the Raaj family of fonts - this is still mapped in the Raajaa family but not shifted thus giving you the ability to change between families without having to retype anything;
  • Equals gives a dulaenkarday that has the same properties as the aunkard as described above;
  • Plus give a tippee that is shifted to the left so that if you need it over a single letter (such as above a ਨ or a ਤ), you can make it centralised rather than over to the right;
  • Less than and greater than give you two different versions of ੴ;
  • On the handwritten fonts, 'Noon' - ਨੂੰ - is picked up in the usual manner to produce the  GHW Dukandar Noon special character  character;
  • On the handwritten fonts, the word 'Singh' - ਸਿੰਘ - is special when written by hand, it is written a lot and, like noon, has its own form GHW Dukandar Singh special character ; and,
  • On the hollow Bulara fonts, the round brackets [(] and [)] give the end caps for the words (note that these aren't needed on the hollow Rupe fonts because the Rupe characters don't write over each other).

Downloads - click on a particular font's name to see all of it's style options and also to download fonts individually.

Or, click
here to see all font options apart from Gurvetica, Iragan, Dave and Tsheg which have their own pages.

You can also look at the characters in individual fonts and styles, directly compare up to three at a time and download any or all of them from the font viewer page.

 GurveticaUpdated version of this font now available Gurvetica font gurmukhi free download
Gurvetica font gurmukhi free download
Gurvetica lite font pack
Download Gurvetica:
Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.This font has over 40 width/weight combinations, comes in two layout variants (giving a total of over 50 font files for you to choose from) and has a page, all of its own.

Go to the Gurvetica Page.

Download Gurvetica (all styles (48)) in one file:
grvt_all.zip817,872 bytes(Windows); or,
grvt_all.tar.bz2626,291 bytes(UNIX/Linux).


Download Gurvetica 'Lite' font pack (28 styles covering the whole range) in one file:
grvt_lite.zip477,457 bytes(Windows); or,
grvt_lite.tar.bz2366,487 bytes(UNIX/Linux).


Download Gurvetica A (all styles) in one file:
grvta.zip129,281 bytes(Windows); or,
grvta.tar.bz2100,143 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Raaj - click here to see all font options (7)
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Raaj (all styles) in one file:
raaj.zip400,922 bytes(Windows); or,
raaj.tar.bz2315,233 bytes(UNIX/Linux).
Raaj font gurmukhi free download

 RaajaaUpdated version of this font now available - click here to see all font options (7) Raajaa font gurmukhi free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Raajaa (all styles) in one file:
raajaa.zip346,508 bytes(Windows); or,
raajaa.tar.bz2255,934 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Chotiਲਰੀਵਾਰਫੋਂਟ‌ - click here to see all font options (12 including 6 larivar fonts) Gurmukhi script font choti free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Choti (all styles) in one file:
choti.zip207,696 bytes(Windows); or,
choti.tar.bz2114,650 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 LanmaUpdated version of this font now available - v1.1 2011 - click here to see all font options (2) Lanma font gurmukhi free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Lanma (all styles) in one file:
lanma.zip124,508 bytes(Windows); or,
lanma.tar.bz2106,376 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Magaz - click here to see all font options (5) Magaz font gurmukhi free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Magaz (all styles) in one file:
magaz.zip171,506 bytes(Windows); or,
magaz.tar.bz299,644 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Bulara - click here to see all font options (9) Bulara font gurmukhi free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Bulara (all styles) in one file:
bulara.zip576,036 bytes(Windows); or,
bulara.tar.bz2357,372 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 DekhoUpdated version of this font now available - click here to see all font options (5) Dekho font gurmukhi free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Dekho (all styles) in one file:
dekho.zip75,231 bytes(Windows); or,
dekho.tar.bz267,311 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Dekho Naveen - click here to see all font options (5) Dekho Naveen font gurmukhi free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Dekho Naveen (all styles) in one file:
dekhonav.zip152,614 bytes(Windows); or,
dekhonav.tar.bz2114,586 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Uttar - click here to see all font options (9) Uttar font gurmukhi free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Uttar (all styles) in one file:
uttar.zip120,983 bytes(Windows); or,
uttar.tar.bz283,887 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 TshegUpdated version of this font now available - click here to see all font options (4) Tsheg font gurmukhi free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Tsheg (all styles) in one file:
tsheg.zip254,370 bytes(Windows); or,
tsheg.tar.bz2148,643 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Dwarka - click here to see all font options (3) Dwarka font gurmukhi free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Dwarka (all styles) in one file:
tsheg.zip62,597 bytes(Windows); or,
tsheg.tar.bz260,293 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Modhera Modhera - Gujarati-style Gurmukhi font free download
Download Modhera:
Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.This font allows you to produce Gujarati-style Gurmukhi display and body text and has a page, all of its own.

Go to the Modhera Page.

Download Modhera (all files (5)) in one file:
modhera.zip113,313 bytes(Windows); or,
modhera.tar.bz2102,326 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Karmic Sanj - click here to see all font options (7) Karmic Sanj font gurmukhi free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Karmic Sanj (all styles) in one file:
karmic.zip272,061 bytes(Windows); or,
karmic.tar.bz2195,020 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Gubara - click here to see all font options (4) Gurmukhi balloon-style party font Gubara free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Gubara (all styles) in one file:
gubara.zip83,238 bytes(Windows); or,
gubara.tar.bz272,726 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Miscellaneous Fun FontsUpdated version of this font now available - click here to see all font options (26) Miscellaneous fun fonts - Julaf Jashan Adami - free download
Download Miscellaneous Fun Fonts:
Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.These are miscellaneous fun fonts and, along with Gubara and Karmic Sanj, have a page, all of their own.

Go to the Miscellaneous Fun Fonts Page.

Download Miscellaneious Fun Fonts (all files (11)) in one file:
btc-fun.zip652,284 bytes(Windows); or,
btc-fun.tar.bz2523,980 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 RupeUpdated version of this font now available - v1.1 2011 - click here to see all font options (22) Gurmukhi font Rupe free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Rupe (all styles) in one file:
rupe.zip1,482,285 bytes(Windows); or,
rupe.tar.bz2861,921 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

   Gurmukhi Hand-Written fonts:-
 GHW Adhiapak - click here to see all font options (14) Gurmukhi Hand-Written font Dukander free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.GHW Adhiapak (all styles) in one file:
ghw-adhiapak.zip922,171 bytes(Windows); or,
ghw-adhiapak.tar.bz2622,214 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 GHW Dukandar - click here to see all font options (5) Gurmukhi Hand-Written font Dukander free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.GHW Dukandar (all styles) in one file:
ghw-dukandar.zip264,467 bytes(Windows); or,
ghw-dukandar.tar.bz2180,475 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 GHW Penti AkhariUpdated version of this font now available - v1.5 2012ਲਰੀਵਾਰਫੋਂਟ‌ - click here to see all font options (10 including 4 larivar fonts) Gurmukhi Hand-Written font Penti Akhari free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.GHW Penti Akhari (all styles) in one file:
GHWPentiAkhari.zip421,192 bytes(Windows); or,
GHWPentiAkhari.tar.bz2232,387 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 GHW Purani Primer PDL This font allows you to write in the style of a script from a 100 year old primer and has a page, all of its own.

Go to the GHW Purani Primer Page.
- click here to see he font (1 font)
Gurmukhi Hand-Written font Penti Akhari free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.GHW Purani Primer PDL (1 style) in one compressed file:
ghwpppdl.zip165,880 bytes(Windows); or,
ghwpppdl.tar.bz2165,897 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 GHP FullUpdated version of this font now available Full hand-painted sign-painting gurmukhi font free download
Download Full:
Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.This font allows you to produce hand-painted sign-style display text and has a page, all of its own.

Go to the GHP Full Page.

Download GHP Full (all files (6)) in one file:
ghp-full.zip169,713 bytes(Windows); or,
ghp-full.tar.bz2150,414 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Gurmukhi Old LetterpressUpdated version of this font now available - v1.1 2012 - click here to see all font options (4) Lanma font gurmukhi free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Gurmukhi Old Letterpress (all styles) in one file:
gurletp.zip149,308 bytes(Windows); or,
gurletp.tar.bz2101,111 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Punjabi Typewriter - click here to see all font options (3) Punjabi Typewriter font gurmukhi free download
Download Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.Punjabi Typewriter (all styles) in one file:
puntype.zip113,863 bytes(Windows); or,
puntype.tar.bz277,882 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Iragan Iragan font devanagari range gurmukhi free download
Download Iragan:
Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.This font handles a number of technical issues for you so that you can read Hindi and Sanskrit and has a page, all of its own.

Go to the Iragan Page.

Download Iragan (all styles (8)) in one file:
iragan_all.zip253,371 bytes(Windows); or,
iragan_all.tar.bz2222,380 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

 Dave Dave font gurmukhi range devanagari free download
Download Dave:
Click here to see all characters in the font on the font comparison page.This font has a number of styles and options giving 20 style/option combinations and has a page, all of its own.

Go to the Dave Page.

Download Dave (all styles and options (20)) in one file:
dave_all.zip1,027,393 bytes(Windows); or,
dave_all.tar.bz2455,579 bytes(UNIX/Linux).

Where have the fonts gone?

On some programs on some operating systems, you might think that you cannot access all of the fonts that you have installed.

This can be a problem with fonts that have a lot of weights such as 'Raaj'.

Normally, you will get a list of fonts that you have installed like the one on the right which is from WordPad (Windows Vista).

You can see all of the fonts that you have installed and you know what is what - even thought it has put them in alphabetical order rather than weight order.

However, some programs will try to be a bit cleverer than that and you might end up with a font list like the one on the right (this is Photoshop CS3).

In fact, all that has happened here is that the program as tried to separate the fonts into families and to a certain extent, it has succeeded - although not completely.

This list is actually a font families listing (so, we can see that it was wrong not to place 'Raaj Thin' in with 'Raaj').

On Photoshop - and a number of other programs - there is another set of options and here, to the right of the font families dropdown list, is the font style list.

Now, you can see the different styles that it offers you and largely, it has got this right - although not completely.

When I first came across this problem in an email, I wondered if it might be a problems with the operating system and font installation (this doesn't happen on the OS I use - SuSE) but it appears that it is nothing more than the program itself.

As for the 'Raaj Script' font, it has just renamed it for you as 'Raaj Medium'.

Ho hum.

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