Cyrillic and Euro
fonts for X11

This work is dedicated to Mr. Troodie --the example of persistence

What's here

CYR-RFX started as a collection of cyrillic fonts for X-Window ("CYR-RFX" stands for "CYRillic Raster Fonts for X"). Now it includes several cyrillic encodings and two latin ones (both with Euro sign).

These fonts are modified (mainly with cyrillics added) versions of standard X-Window fonts from misc/ and 75dpi/.

The fonts included are all *iso8859-1 from misc/, and most important 75dpi/ ones: lu (LucidaSans), lut (LucidaSansTypewriter), tim (Times), helv (Helvetica) and cour (Courier).

Detailed description of the CYR-RFX project is available in the doc/README.en.html file.

Current status and future plans

Version 1.2 is scheduled for the end of july / beginning of august, and it will have the following features:

Current "development" version is 1.1 (-1.1 files are really changing snapshots of the pre-1.2 work). "Stable" 1.0 files are still available.

1.2 will be followed by 1.4 with New Century Schoolbook (ncen) family (exact time unknown), and 2.0 (if it will ever appear :) will include 100dpi Times and Courier.


File Encoding (1) Aliases Area of use
cyr-rfx-koi8-1-1.1.tgz  koi8-1 koi8-r Russia
cyr-rfx-koi8-ru-1.1.tgz  koi8-ru (2) koi8-u,koi8-r Ukraine and Belarus (NOT Russia!)
cyr-rfx-windows-1251-1.1.tgz  windows-1251 (3) microsoft-cp1251 Viewing webpages in cp1251
cyr-rfx-iso8859-5-1.1.tgz  iso8859-5 (3)   Viewing webpages in iso8859-5; Suns and SGIs
cyr-rfx-mac-cyrillic-1.1.tgz  mac-cyrillic (4)   Viewing Mac texts
Auxilliary cyrillic
cyr-rfx-koi8-ub-1.1.tgz  koi8-ub koi8-u,koi8-r Ukraine and Belarus (maybe Russia)
cyr-rfx-koi8-o-1.1.tgz  koi8-o koi8-r
cyr-rfx-ibm-cp866-1.1.tgz  ibm-cp866 (2)   Viewing Dos texts
cyr-rfx-bulgarian-mik-1.1.tgz  bulgarian-mik (2)   Viewing bulgarian Dos texts
cyr-rfx-iso10646-0400-1.1.tgz  iso10646-0400 (3)(5)    
cyr-rfx-winlatin-1-1.1.tgz  winlatin-1 iso8859-1 Viewing Windows cp1252 webpages
cyr-rfx-iso8859-15-1.1.tgz  iso8859-15 iso8859-1 Successor/replacement for iso8859-1


Glyphs in the range 0-127 are not shown on screenshots, since this part is identical in all encodings.
Cyrillic, single linedrawing and some special glyphs only.
Currently the non-koi8 (ex-yugoslavian) cyrillic glyphs are present only in some fonts (including all the misc/ ones).
Without Mac-specific glyphs like "Delta" and "infinity".
Currently not all of the U+0400 glyphs are present, only WGL4 ones.

All the archives contain files in the form ENCODING/{misc,75dpi}/*.pcf, with user=root and group=root. So, they can be extracted with a command like

gzip -dc cyr-rfx_ENCODING-1.1.tgz | tar xf - -C /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/

Detailed installation instructions are available in the doc/INSTALL.en.txt file.

Fonts in the source (BDF) format are available in the srctgz/ dir.

See also the doc/ChangeLog.

Contact info

The master CYR-RFX homepage is located at

It is also available in ftp space as

If you find any errors, feel free to contact me, Dmitry Bolkhovityanov:

Copyright and license

All the fonts retain the same license policies as original (iso8859-1) fonts.

The standard iso8859-1 Courier, Helvetica and Times fonts are copyright by Adobe Systems and Digital Equipment Corporation (see CHT_LEGALNOTICE).

The standard iso8859-1 LucidaSans and LucidaSansTypewriter fonts are copyright by Bigelow & Holmes (see LU_LEGALNOTICE).

The standard iso8859-1 misc/{12x24,8x16} fonts are copyright by Sony Corp (see SONY_LEGALNOTICE).

The standard iso8859-1 misc/10x20 font is copyright by Network Computing Devices, Inc. (see NCD_LEGALNOTICE).

The standard iso8859-1 misc/5x7 font is copyright by X Consortium (see 5X7_LEGALNOTICE).

The rest of the standard iso8859-1 misc/ fonts (6x10, 6x13, 6x13B, 7x13, 7x13B, 7x14, 7x14B, 8x13, 8x13B, 9x15, 9x15B, nil2) are copyright by various people and organizations (see individual fonts' "COPYRIGHT" properties) and are public-domain fonts.

Cyrillic and Euro glyphs in all of these fonts, and linedrawing glyphs in 75dpi/ fonts, as well as CYR-RFX distribution and "CYR-RFX" logo are copyright by Dmitry Bolkhovityanov (see CYR-RFX_LEGALNOTICE).

Copyright © 2000 by Dmitry Yu. Bolkhovityanov