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Loads bitmap fonts into CircuitPython’s displayio. BDF and PCF files are well supported. TTF support is not yet complete.


This driver depends on:

Please ensure all dependencies are available on the CircuitPython filesystem. This is easily achieved by downloading the Adafruit library and driver bundle.

Installing from PyPI

On supported GNU/Linux systems like the Raspberry Pi, you can install the driver locally from PyPI. To install for current user:

pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-bitmap_font

To install system-wide (this may be required in some cases):

sudo pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-bitmap_font

To install in a virtual environment in your current project:

mkdir project-name && cd project-name
python3 -m venv .venv
source .venv/bin/activate
pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-bitmap_font

Usage Example

from adafruit_bitmap_font import bitmap_font
from displayio import Bitmap
font = bitmap_font.load_font("fonts/LeagueSpartan-Bold-16.bdf", Bitmap)

Creating Fonts

See this learn guide for more information about building custom fornt files

The command line tool otf2bdf can be used make bdf files for use with this library.

The command line tool bdftopcf can be used make pcf files for use with this library.


API documentation for this library can be found on Read the Docs.

For information on building library documentation, please check out this guide.


Contributions are welcome! Please read our Code of Conduct before contributing to help this project stay welcoming.

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