XTerm Font Size

Way Too Small

The font size in XTerm by default is way small. To increase its size, you have a number of options.

1. Launch XTerm with -font argument

You can give the font face and size as an argument

xterm -font -*-fixed-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-iso8859-* -geometry 80x24

or try

xterm -font -*-lucidatypewriter-medium-r-*-*-12-120-*-*-*-*-iso8859-1 -geometry 80x24

Run xlsfonts to find out which fonts are available on your system. If results scroll off screen, pipe it to less

xlsfonts | less

Run xfontsel to select your font and get font details


You can also create a panel launcher on the desktop with the same settings as above.

2. Configure .Xdefaults

Add an entry in your .Xdefaults file located in your home directory

xterm*font: -*-fixed-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-iso8859-1

or try

xterm*font1: -*-lucidatypewriter-medium-*-*-*-12-120-*-*-*-*-8859-1