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CryFont is used to generate font textures that are required to render text on the screen. The various features of the font rendering can be seen by using the r_DebugFontRendering console variable.

The output is not only to test the functionality but also to document how the features can be used.

Supported Features

CryFont supports the following features:

  • Font shaders to configure the appearance of fonts. Multiple passes with configurable offset and color are supported to enable generation of shadows or outlines.

    The following XML file shows a sample font shader:

      <font path="VeraMono.ttf" w="288" h="416"/>
      <effect name="default">
          <color r="0" g="0" b="0" a="1"/>
          <pos x="1" y="1"/>
      <effect name="console">
          <color r="0" g="0" b="0" a="0.5"/>
          <pos x="2" y="2"/>

The attributes w and h of the XML font element specify the width and height of the font texture. The order of the passes in XML defines the order in which the passes are rendered. A pass element without child elements means that the pass is rendered with the default settings. The tag pos allows to offset the font, while color is used to tint it and define the transparency with the alpha channel.

  • Unicode.
    Note: The default font we use deliberately does not support all unicode characters to save memory but other fonts can be used.
  • Truetype fonts as source, cached in a small texture (common characters are precached but runtime updates are possible and supported).
  • Colored text rendering.
  • Adjustable transparency.
  • Varying colors within a string.
    Usage: $ 0..9 to set one of the 10 available colors, $$ to print the $ symbol and $o to switch off the feature.
  • Returns and tabs within a string.
  • Alignment (left, center and right).
  • Computation of the width and height of a string (used internally for center and right alignment).
  • Different font sizes.
    Note: Bilinear filtering allows some blurring but as no mip-maps are used, this has limitations in minification.
  • Proportional and monospace fonts.
  • Pixel perfect rendering with exact texel to pixel mapping for best quality.

Useful Console Commands


0=off, 1=display various features of the font rendering to verify function and to document usage


Logs a list of fonts currently loaded


Dumps the specified font's texture to a bitmap file
Use r_DumpFontTexture to get the loaded font names
Usage: r_DumpFontTexture 

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