The Mātṛkā Serif Font

The Mātṛkā Serif font was developed as a free and open-source font capable of displaying glyphs used commonly for Sanskrit, Pali, and Chinese transliteration. This font is based upon Droid Serif, which was developed by Steve Matteson of Ascender Corporation for Google’s Android operating system. As with Droid Serif, Mātṛkā Serif is open-source under the terms of the Apache License 2.0.

Mātṛkā Serif is a screen font, meaning that it has been optimized for viewing on electronic devices, and it is not ideal for printing. The Gentium family of fonts is much more suitable for printing and publishing.

Mātṛkā Serif includes all glyphs commonly used for transliteration of Sanskrit, Pali, and Chinese. The transliteration scheme supported for Sanskrit is that of IAST, but the variant using and , rather than and , is also supported. For Chinese, the standard tranliteration method supported is that of Hanyu Pinyin.

Glyphs included for Sanskrit and Pali

Ā Ḍ Ḥ Ī Ḷ Ḹ Ṁ Ṃ Ṅ Ñ Ṇ Ṛ Ṝ Ś Ṣ Ṭ Ū ā ḍ ḥ ī ḷ ḹ ṁ ṃ ṅ ñ ṇ ṛ ṝ ś ṣ ṭ ū

Glyphs included for Chinese

Ā Ē Ī Ō Ū Á É Í Ó Ú Ǎ Ě Ǐ Ǒ Ǔ À È Ì Ò Ù Ü ā ē ī ō ū ǖ á é í ó ú ǘ ǎ ě ǐ ǒ ǔ ǚ à è ì ò ù ǜ

Type sample


Archive files for Mātṛkā Serif are available which contain sources for FontForge, TrueType fonts, and minimized Web fonts. These can be found in our Fonts Archive section of the site, or downloaded here:

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