My system came with DejaVu Sans and DejaVu Sans Condensed installed by default.

PROBLEM: Inkscape only shows DejaVu Sans.

  • Do I have to configure something special in Inkscape?
  • Or is DejaVu Sans Condensed supposed to be obtained by selecting DejaVu Sans and pressing Toggle bold or normal weight?
  • Or am I misundertanding something about fonts?

2 Answers 2


The Inkscape text toolbar only allows you to select the font family and size, and to toggle bold and italic type, but it doesn't include any way to select a specific font variant. This has actually been reported as a bug in Inkscape, and should be fixed in the next version (0.49).

In order to select a specific font variant in current versions of Inkscape, you need to open the Text and Font dialog, either via the Text menu or by pressing Shift+Ctrl+T. This will open a floating dialog window that looks like this:

Inkscape Text and Font dialog screenshot

Note that this dialog is currently not dockable, although that should also be fixed in Inkscape 0.49.


Go to your fonts folder and manually remove it - then download a fresh version from Font Squirrel (links below as well as some other styles from the family - well worth grabbing.)

DejaVu Sans

DejaVu Sans Mono

DejaVu Serif

Then try installing these (close inkscape before you install just to be safe)

  • Ironically, the website you link to does not contain the DejaVu Sans Condensed font... it can be downloaded from elsewhere though. Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 9:46
  • yes it does its inside the the deja vu sans family
    – MephistonX
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 12:14

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