Gaël Varoquaux

Sun 01 October 2006


Garamond fonts for LaTeX

Garamond fonts are a large family of fonts. At a friend’s request I modified the URW-garamond fonts to improve kerning, add old style numbers, and make some letters prettier. These fonts are available under the Aladdin Free Public License , which states, if I understand it correctly, that you can use and modify the fonts freely for non commercial purposes.

Here is a pdf file that gives an example of the fonts.

Questions and suggestions

I made this font in 2006. Time has passed, and I have completely forgotten the skills required to modify it. I cannot go anywhere beyond providing the file for download. Sorry, if you send me a kind email mentionning that the accents or the numbers are not right, I am unable to address it.

Instructions for use with pdfLaTeX

The standard procedure for installing new fonts in a LaTeX installation is quite complicated and varies from one LaTeX distribution to another.

I strongly suggest that you install the fonts only in your documents folder. This make your document portable: as long as you give the complete folder to your colleagues, they will be able to compile it.

If you want to install the fonts in the TeXMF (so that all documents compiled on your installation have access to the fonts) I assume you know TeX well enough to perform the installation without further help.

Installing in the current folder

Here is an easy way to install the fonts in your document’s folder (this will only work if you are using pdfLaTeX):

Here is a package to use these fonts with LaTeX.

Unzip in the same folder than the LaTeX document you are working on.

Using in a LaTeX document

In your LaTeX file, include the package “garamond”:


You also need to use the T1 font encoding:


The garamond package defines a new command \garamond that switches the font in the current group to garamond. Here is a minimal example:




The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog. 0123456789 \\
    {\slshape This is garamond slanted} \\
    {\bfseries This is garamond bold face} \\
    {\scshape This is in small caps} \\
    {\slshape \bfseries This is slanted and bold face} \\
And this is written with the latin modern fonts.


Here we switch to garamond.

Here we switch back to the default.

minimal example of a LaTeX file using garamond fonts

One remark on this example: you should never, ever, use the standards out-of-the-box T1 fonts with pdfLaTeX, they look ugly. Always include the “lmodern” or “pslatex” package, that uses much better postscript fonts.

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