One day I got very sick of maintaining samples of my 300 fonts by hand. So I wrote this.

FontDoc makes a plain old Rich Text document full of all your fonts. Save it, print it, or just gaze at it rapturously. Whatever. The possibilities are undoubtedly endless. Oh, and did I mention the fonts don’t even have to be installed to do all this?

Fifteen years later, and Font Book still doesn’t do any of this. Enjoy, dear denizens of Macdom.

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(Version 1.3; 736 KB)
Requires Mac OS 10.10 or later, probably.

Note that Apple will try to terrify you with dire warnings about my being an unidentified developer. This is secret code for “I declined to pay Apple $99 every year just to take away the scary warning on my non-revenue-generating utility.” Just say no to protection rackets. Here’s how to avoid the Apple Mafia.

For Ye Olden Versions of Mac OS, here’s version 1.2.1 for Mac OS 10.2+
Note: Corrupted fonts may crash the Apple code upon which FontDoc relies. If you are experiencing problems, please use Font Book to validate your fonts.

FontDoc is free. Of course, thank-you gifts are gladly accepted.

Version History

Version 1.3.0; 2019-10-14
  • 64-bit to support Mac OS 10.15; various API modernizations
  • Eliminates scary Address Book prompt
  • Dark Mode support
  • Fixes bug where printouts were truncated when font samples were longer than one page
  • Fixes issues restoring scroll position
Version 1.2.1; 2008-01-21
  • Fixes bug where printing in Leopard would only produce 1 page of output
  • Fixes bug where no fonts would appear in Jaguar
Version 1.2.0; 2007-10-09
  • View uninstalled fonts from any folder on your system. (10.4 recommended for this feature)
  • Leopard compatibility
Version 1.1.3; 2006-11-16
  • Universal Binary
Version 1.1.2; 2005-05-08
  • Tiger Compatibility
  • Localization for Traditional Chinese
Version 1.1.0; 2005-01-19
  • FontDoc remembers your scroll position when it updates its document display.
  • Printing improvements
  • Localizations for French and German
Version 1.0.0; 2004-10-21
  • Initial release
©Allen Smith, 2004–2019