Top 5 Programming Fonts

The definitive ranking of programming fonts and direct download links to them for you. Disagreements not allowed! (kidding)

#1 Consolas

The best of the best after switching to this font I have never wanted more out of my font and it put an end to time wasting searches for better programming fonts. Designed by Luc(as) de Groot and owned by Microsoft, so unfortunately you can only get it bundled with a Microsoft product like Windows or Office. But since you’re a programmer with the internet at your fingertips you should probably be able to figure out where to get it without buying a Microsoft product.

#2 Inconsolata

Designed by Raph Levien and a good alternative to Consolas as it’s very similar to it and was influenced by it. The original release did not include a bold style which was annoying but the problem has now been fixed. Most importantly it’s open source unlike Consolas.

Direct Download It Here and read more about it here

#3 Source Code Pro

Adobes take at a good programming font that’s also open source. A little too ‘blocky’ for my tastes at least with Windows’s font rendering.

Direct Download It Here and read more about it here

#4 Droid Sans Mono

Droid Sans Mono was my pre Consolas font and is a good choice although the slightly longer character spacing is a bit of an annoyance.

Direct Download It Here and read more about it here

#5 Courier New


The good old Windows default for everything programming related, it gets the job done but it wears on you quickly and starts your quest for a better font.

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1 Comment

  1. I’m sticking with “PT Mono” for the time being…

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