wezterm.font(family [, attributes])

This function constructs a lua table that corresponds to the internal FontAttributes struct that is used to select a single named font:

local wezterm = require 'wezterm';

return {
  font = wezterm.font("JetBrains Mono"),

The first parameter is the name of the font; the name can be one of the following types of names:

  • The font family name, eg: "JetBrains Mono". The family name doesn't include any style information (such as weight, stretch or italic), which can be specified via the attributes parameter. This is the recommended name to use for the font, as it the most compatible way to resolve an installed font.
  • The computed full name, which is the family name with the sub-family (which incorporates style information) appended, eg: "JetBrains Mono Regular".
  • (Since 20210502-154244-3f7122cb) The postscript name, which is an ostensibly unique name identifying a given font and style that is encoded into the font by the font designer.

When specifying a font using its family name, the second attributes parameter is an optional table that can be used to specify style attributes; the following keys are allowed:

  • bold - whether to select a bold variant of the font (default: false)
  • italic - whether to select an italic variant of the font (default: false)

When attributes are specified, the font must match both the family name and attributes in order to be selected.

local wezterm = require 'wezterm';

return {
  font = wezterm.font("JetBrains Mono", {bold=true}),

Since: 20210502-130208-bff6815d

It is now possible to specify both font weight and font stretch when matching fonts:

  • stretch - specifies the font stretch to select. The default value is "Normal", and possible values are "UltraCondensed", "ExtraCondensed", "Condensed", "SemiCondensed", "Normal", "SemiExpanded", "Expanded", "ExtraExpanded", "UltraExpanded".
  • weight - specifies the weight of the font with more precision than bold. The default value is "Regular", and possible values are "Thin", "ExtraLight", "Light", "DemiLight", "Book", "Regular", "Medium", "DemiBold", "Bold", "ExtraBold", "Black", and "ExtraBlack".
  • bold - has been superseded by the new weight parameter and will be eventually removed. For compatibility purposes, specifying bold=true is equivalent to specifying weight="Bold".

These parameters are passed to the system font locator when resolving the font, which will apply system-specific rules to resolve the font.

When resolving fonts from font_dirs, wezterm follows CSS Fonts Level 3 compatible font matching, which tries to exactly match the specified attributes, but allows for locating a close match within the specified font family.

local wezterm = require 'wezterm';

return {
  font = wezterm.font('Iosevka Term', {stretch="Expanded", weight="Regular"}),

An alternative form of specifying the font can be used, where the family and the attributes are combined in the same lua table. This form is most useful when used together with wezterm.font_with_fallback when you want to specify precise weights for the different fallback fonts:

local wezterm = require 'wezterm';

return {
  font = wezterm.font({family='Iosevka Term', stretch="Expanded", weight="Regular"}),

Since: 20220101-133340-7edc5b5a

You can use the expanded form mentioned above to override freetype and harfbuzz settings just for the specified font; this examples shows how to disable the default ligature feature just for this particular font:

local wezterm = require 'wezterm'
return {
  font = wezterm.font({
    family="JetBrains Mono",
    harfbuzz_features={"calt=0", "clig=0", "liga=0"},

The following options can be specified in the same way:

Since: 20220319-142410-0fcdea07

You may now specify style="Normal", style="Italic" or style="Oblique" instead of simply specifying a boolean italic value such as italic=true.

italic=false is equivalent to style="Normal", and italic=true is equivalent to style="Italic".

"Oblique" and "Italic" fonts are similar in the sense that the glyphs are presented at an angle. "Italic" fonts usually have a distinctive design difference from the "Normal" style in a given font family, whereas "Oblique" usually looks very similar to "Normal", but skewed at an angle.