I want to choose proper GIMP font for my purpose, so I would like to browse through all of them visually. But, having to choose GIMP font based on a single letter "Aa" (as provided by the text tool) really sucks:

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Googling around, I found there are three ways to open font dialog in GIMP, but all of them are equally bad.

Is there some better preview of all the default GIMP fonts? In the GIMP program itself or at least somewhere on the Internet.

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    I've used gimp for 20 years and wanted this. I don't want to use a font manager, I want to see my text, in my colours, in the image, in the font that I'm interested in without messing around. Anyway I saw someone say you can use the mousewheel on the fonts dialog (not the popup) but no use to me as I am on a laptop.
    – Cameron
    Nov 25 '19 at 23:59

Simple answer: GIMP (up to v2.8) can not do that for you.

But there are workarounds. At first, one side note: there are no "Gimp fonts" — all fonts come from your system.

So we all can use the system font viewer. Or, as an alternative, install an external viewer for the appropriate operating system. Here are several useful links:

PS. After all, it is embarrassing, that the official Graphic Editor doesn't provide many basic features for image editing (please, correct me if I'm wrong). For small pictures I always use small editors, for large projects - I go to Fiverr...


There are no "Gimp" fonts. The fonts are on your system.

Google for some Font Manager on your operating system, and choose the one that has previews.

On Windows I use the font manager that comes with Corel Draw, but there a some interesting free tools:

xiles.net Nexus font has a nice interface, can make some groups of your favorite fonts and preview all installed ones.

This is really interesting fontba.se because I used it to download the google fonts to a folder, but has many features that you need to explore.

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    The system font manager only sees fonts that are installed for the system, not the ones that have been added only to Gimp.
    – xenoid
    Nov 30 '18 at 23:38
  • Aha! Wow, I didn't know that! Ok, in this situation I can just use Microsoft Word to select fonts in more user friendly way - they have font name typeset in that font. My OS is Windows 10 Professional. If there is a better preview tool I would be grateful for that. Thanks!
    – Tomas
    Dec 1 '18 at 0:43
  • @xenoid: Don't know your platform, but the Windows font tool in Windows 7 and 10 can preview uninstalled fonts too and even install them for you. Just right click the font and select Preview. But note that Gimp will only show installed fonts. Dec 1 '18 at 19:07
  • @RudyVelthuis thanks! Anyway, right-clicking each font when you need to select out of 100+ isn't a solution :)
    – Tomas
    Dec 1 '18 at 21:50
  • @Tomas: that's true. Not really the ideal way to choose a font. Although, you should only click those that may be useful. If they don't look good in the font selection box of Gimp, no need to click them. But I agree, that is still not a very good way. Dec 1 '18 at 22:09

I think he is right the font viewer on Gimp is a total pain. Also I don't want to open yet another program when looking at fonts. Gimp needs a larger font interface that's easier to navigate and shows the fonts more clearly.

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