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Best monospace code fonts for developers?

As developers, we stare at code all day. Making sure that code is presented in a legible and clear format is table stakes for productive coding. What are some great monospaced fonts aimed at displaying code?

Criteria:

  1. Monospaced
  2. Free to use on all systems

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Hack

Hack also comes from the same Bitstream Vera lineage as DejaVu Sans Mono. This one is built by Source Foundry and the demo page does a wonderful job explaining its benefits.

To use this font, see Hack on Source Foundry

Example

hack font example

License: MIT license

Input

Input is only free for private use so you won’t be able to use it to style code blocks on your website, but it looks pretty great in your IDE.

To use this font, see Input on FontBureau

Example

input font example

License: Only free for private use, email required

Inconsolata

Another free font with font ligatures designed for a great coding experience. Inconsolata is the open source alternative to Consolas listed below.

To use this font, see Incosolata on Google Fonts

Example

Inconsolata font example

License: Open Font License