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Hack Font


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This package was approved as a trusted package on 9/6/2019.

No frills. No gimmicks. Hack is hand groomed and optically balanced to be a workhorse face for code.

It has deep roots in the libre, open source typeface community and expands upon the contributions of the Bitstream Vera & DejaVu projects. The face has been re-designed with a larger glyph set, modifications of the original glyph shapes (including distinct point styles and semi-bold punctuation weight in the regular set to make analphabetic characters less transparent), and meticulous attention to metrics (including numerous spacing adjustments to improve the rhythm of the face and the legibility of code at small text sizes). The large x-height + wide aperture + low contrast design combined with PostScript hinting/hint replacement programs and a TrueType instruction set make it highly legible at commonly used source code text sizes with a sweet spot that runs in the 8px - 12px range on modern desktop and laptop monitors. Combine it with an HD monitor and you can comfortably work at 6 or 7px sizes. The full set of changes are available in the changelog.

The font binaries are released under a license that permits unlimited print, desktop, and web use for commercial and non-commercial applications. It may be embedded and distributed in documents and applications. The source is released in the widely supported UFO format and may be modified to derive new typeface branches. The full text of the license is available in (

NOTE: This is an automatically updated package. If you find it is out of date by more than a week, please contact the maintainer(s) and let them know the package is no longer updating correctly.

To install Hack Font, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install hackfont

To upgrade Hack Font, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade hackfont


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    # The code structure for this from the Inconsolata's source:
    # updated thanks to suggestions from Ramiro Morales (
    # create temp directory
    do {
        $tempPath = Join-Path -Path $env:TEMP -ChildPath ([System.Guid]::NewGuid().ToString())
    } while (Test-Path $tempPath)
    New-Item -ItemType Directory -Path $tempPath | Out-Null
    $packageArgs = @{
        packageName    = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
        unzipLocation  = $tempPath
        specificFolder = 'ttf'
        url            = ''
        checksum       = '0c2604631b1f055041c68a0e09ae4801acab6c5072ba2db6a822f53c3f8290ac'
        checksumType   = 'sha256'
    Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs
    # Obtain system font folder for extraction
    $shell = New-Object -ComObject Shell.Application
    $fontsFolder = $shell.Namespace(0x14)
    # Loop the extracted files and install them
    Get-ChildItem -Path $tempPath -Recurse -Filter '*.ttf' | ForEach-Object { 
        Write-Verbose "Registering font '$($_.Name)'."
        $fontsFolder.CopyHere($_.FullName)  # copying to fonts folder ignores a second param on CopyHere
    # Remove our temporary files
    Remove-Item $tempPath -Recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Write-Warning 'If the fonts are not available in your applications or receive any errors installing or upgrading, please reboot to release the font files.'
  • tools\chocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $packageArgs = @{
        packageName = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
        zipFileName = "Hack-v$($env:ChocolateyPackageVersion)"
    Write-Verbose "Uninstall zip: $($packjageArgs.zipFileName)"
    # different fonts path in the registry depending on os architecture
    $regPath = @( 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts', 
        'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts'
    # remove the fonts data from the registry path
    ForEach ($path in $regPath) {
        (Get-Item -Path $path).property | Where-Object { $_ -like 'hack *' } | ForEach-Object { 
            Remove-ItemProperty -Name $_ -Path $path -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Get-ChildItem -Path "$([Environment]::GetFolderPath('Fonts'))" -Filter 'Hack-*.ttf' | Remove-Item -Force
    Write-Warning 'If you receive any errors uninstalling, please reboot and try again to release the font files.'

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Christopher Simpkins
  • 22+ contributors


2015-2018, Christopher Simpkins with Reserved Font Name Hack


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Hack Font 3.000 2097 Monday, January 8, 2018 approved
Hack Font 2.020 1928 Thursday, August 24, 2017 approved
Hack Font 2.019 1982 Thursday, March 3, 2016 approved
Hack Font 0.0.2 368 Tuesday, December 8, 2015 approved

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