I would like to list font names used inside an Adobe Illustrator (CS4 or CS5 I don't remember) file, on my Fedora linux desktop.

Is it possible ? I tried to open it with Inkscape but I fail to see where the information is.

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You can change the suffix of an .ai file to .txt then open it in any text editor.

Within the text file there are declarations for fonts:


I can't speak for Fedora specifically, but surely there's a method to search text files.

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    file extension is meaningless on linux for most part. PS you can also do this with ghostscript but yeah grep or sed will do.
    – joojaa
    Feb 2, 2015 at 19:22
  • Yep, opening the file with kwrite and such does the trick, no need to change the extension though.
    – B2F
    Feb 2, 2015 at 21:17
  • Yeah, no experience with Linux here. On the Mac, you have to change the extension for some text applications so they don't just show the PDF part of the file (Like BBEdit).
    – Scott
    Feb 2, 2015 at 21:23
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    So if one runs sed -n -e '/<stFnt\:fontName>/ s/.*<stFnt\:fontName>\(.*\)<\/.*/\1/p' file.ai you get a nice font listing. Now im off to list all the fonts Ive ever used in ai files.
    – joojaa
    Feb 4, 2015 at 18:40
  • I'm just facing an '.ai' file which supposedly contains text, but no stFnt tags whatsoever. Instead it looks like it contains a PDF, perhaps because it has been created in PDF compatibility mode.
    – bluenote10
    Jun 23, 2021 at 13:43

Here is a list of fonts that come with Illustrator CS4


Here is a list of windows system fonts


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    I don't really think this is what's being asked. I read the question and it seems to me B2F wants to know the fonts used within a specific AI file.
    – Scott
    Feb 2, 2015 at 19:14

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