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Welcome

This site gathers bitmap/bytemap fonts, saved and extracted mostly from games and demoscene, drawn and pixelated by various graphicians and artists, lost and forgotten in time.

You can find hundreds of those fonts here, either as pictures or, better yet, in a file format that allows basic (macro)typography.

Feel free to browse the list, filtered either by initial letter of the font name (above right) or more specifically (via form above, left).

In closer look

A font is a set of characters. Bitmap is a map of bits (picture). A bitmap font is a set of pictures as its proprietary characters.

We can further distinguish pixelated/image fonts with just two colours (black or white, foreground or background) and fonts drawn with more than one colour. Let's call these bytemap fonts.

The fonts published here are of several origins:

  • pictures gathered by Daniel Guldkrans
  • font art from the archive of Carsten Cumbrowski
  • bytemap fonts of the 8-bit scene – mostly Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum
  • bytemap fonts of the 16-bit scene – mostly Atari ST and Amiga
  • other fonts from various sources (old demos, intros, etc.) converted by me

Wherever I could get a grip of the name of the author, I mentioned them in the file description. A lot of these fonts are many years old, some even decades. Font that were part of some games are now so called abandonware. I'm going to assume in good faith that all bitmap fonts shown here are freeware.

If you happen to be an author of a certain font presented here that you do not wish to be available, then feel free to contact me and I will make quick amendments to remove it from this website.

Similarly, if you happen to find an error in the description of any font, please, tell me what to fix in the discussion below each font.

Thanks in advance!

What's in it for me?

Let this site be helpful to you if:

  • you are a graphic designer seeking for some cool bitmap fonts
  • you are a programmer and would like to implement the BMF file-format
  • you'd like to have a pic of your text drawn by one of the fonts

Enjoy!

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Recent discussions

TimeSubjectNameComment
2020-08-05 11:44:05 ZbengSee also: https://bmf.php5.cz/index.php?font=adrenaline
At least '2' is different...
2020-08-05 11:43:58 ZbengSee also: https://bmf.php5.cz/index.php?font=alien-team-2
At least '2' is different...
2020-08-05 11:14:12 ZbengI'll find some time, and make for you versions of the font in the 2 other palettes suggested by "Le Sergeant"
2020-08-05 10:57:11 ZbengThanks for fixing!
The link in demozoo I already changed immediately after you added this font :) :)

I like how the tags have the ability to suggest.
It will be great to be able to suggest "See also" and "External links:" unless it is easier for admin to see the suggestions the comments.

If it is not too hard, an author (artist?) tag with default "Unknown" will be great to have - instead of just adding the author using the font's name. Also a tag for the author's crew.
If these tags are searchable (by clicking on them, for example), then you'll have nice filters for artists/crews.
Almost all graphic artists have their own page in sites like: demozoo, janeway, pouet. You can have links-lists for the artists and crews as well if you want to increase connectivity to these sites and information sharing.
A URL sub-list of "external links:" could be something like "used in:" where we can link to demos/intros featuring the font.
Of course, as a user of this site, I'l like to be able to suggest all these names and links, to save the admin the trouble of editing (maybe just admin approval will lock the values in the database).

Keep up the great work on these usability features!
You're on your way to becoming the leading source of knowledge for "Retro" fonts!
(Other sites dedicated to the retro computers and demo scene have not invested efforts yet in features specifically related to fonts)
2020-08-04 22:43:31 zbengSee also:
https://bmf.php5.cz/index.php?font=aptfont1
https://bmf.php5.cz/index.php?font=234
2020-08-04 22:43:25 zbengSee also:
https://bmf.php5.cz/index.php?font=aptfont1
https://bmf.php5.cz/index.php?font=044
2020-08-04 22:43:20 zbengFont by Spaz of "The Lost Boys".
This is the second font from the game "a prehistoric tale".
The first font from the game (also by Spaz) is https://bmf.php5.cz/index.php?font=044

External Links:

Atari ST original:
https://ftp.untergrund.net/users/ltk_tscc/fujiology/GFX/SPAZ/STGR16/APTFONT1.GIF
https://demozoo.org/graphics/150205/

Artist:
http://janeway.exotica.org.uk/author.php?id=18527
https://demozoo.org/sceners/2123/

See also:
https://bmf.php5.cz/index.php?font=234 (Guldkrans re-color?)
https://bmf.php5.cz/index.php?font=044
https://demozoo.org/graphics/150204/
http://janeway.exotica.org.uk/release.php?id=91816
2020-08-04 22:37:48 adminad thumbs) should be fixed now.
2020-08-04 22:21:04 zbengAlso like https://bmf.php5.cz/index.php?font=ming and the others...
2020-08-04 22:19:27 zbengAlso like https://bmf.php5.cz/index.php?font=ming and the others...