FreeType is a freely available software library to render fonts. It is written in C, designed to be small, efficient, highly customizable, and portable while capable of producing high-quality output (glyph images) of most vector and bitmap font formats.

Availability and Restrictions


The following versions of FreeType are available on OSC clusters:

2.5.5 X*
* Current default Version

You can use module spider freetype to view available modules for a given machine. Feel free to contact OSC Help if you need other versions for your work.


FreeType is available to all OSC users without restriction.


Usage on Oakley

Set-up on Oakley

To configure your environment for use of FreeType on Oakley, run the following command: module load freetype. The default version will be loaded. To select a particular FreeType version, use module load freetype/version. For example, use module load freetype/2.5.5 to load FreeType 2.5.5 on Oakley.

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