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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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TimeSubjectNameComment
2020-07-19 10:54:29General discussionadmin@Chandra: See the "bmfed.zip" link at https://bmf.php5.cz/?page=support I'm affraid, though, You'll have to use the DOSBox (https://www.dosbox.com/) - en MS-DOS emulator, since the editor is compiled in MS-DOS.

As of the copyright issue, I kind of mention it in the preface... yes and no - most of the fonts are 10, 20, 30 years old and belong to the so called "abandonware" category. The following is no legal advice of mine but - if you give credit (ie. treat it under the Creative Commons-Attribution license) you should be o.k., generally speaking.
2020-07-18 19:54:05 zbengAppears in S.U.C.C.E.S.S. by The Lost Boys:
https://demozoo.org/productions/72288/
2020-07-18 19:53:06 adminFeatured in Megafonts Compil 05 by Zuul - https://demozoo.org/productions/78860/
2020-07-18 19:46:00 adminFeatured in Megafonts Compil 08 by Zuul - https://demozoo.org/productions/78862/
2020-07-18 19:42:52 adminFeatured in Megafonts compil 10 by Zuul - https://demozoo.org/productions/78864/
2020-07-18 19:03:49 zbengThis font seems to be based on https://bmf.php5.cz/index.php?font=310
At least 'I' is different
2020-07-18 14:12:57 zbengLooks like an exact duplicate of https://bmf.php5.cz/index.php?font=qbic32

Maybe move all relevant info there?
2020-07-18 13:58:25 zbengLink: https://demozoo.org/graphics/150979/
Appears in:
https://demozoo.org/productions/184066/
2020-07-17 03:36:32General discussionChandraIs there an editor available for bmf fonts? Also are the fonts available on this website public domain?
2020-07-16 22:30:50General discussionadmin@Rick Hi. Depends what you wanna do with it. These font don't work the same way as TrueType fonts - they're not supported by operating system. You can generate a picture (writing of this font, using your text) by editing the text input (and pressing Enter) in the detail page of the font you like. For more complex graphics involving these fonts you can use tools listed in https://bmf.php5.cz/index.php?page=support . Cosmigo Pro Motion is the only full-fledged application I know of that supports the BMF format.