SDL_pcf : The Bitmap Fonts Library THEY Don't Want You To Know About!

Have you ever found yourself needing to write some text in your game/app/whatever?

By “write some text”, I don’t mean fiddling with TTF fonts, handling rendering variants or managing SDL_Surfaces, creating textures from them, freeing them, etc.

I really mean writing text, just like that.

If you’re anything like me, you have been more than often in such an unpleasant situation. The solution? SDL_pcf!

This new library will let you do exactly this: Writing pixel-perfect text, with thousands of existing bitmap fonts. It leverages proven code from X11 and makes it work with SDL, in just 3 easy steps:

  • Open a font
  • Write text at a given location, directly to a SDL_Surface or a SDL_Renderer.
  • Close the font when you don’t need it anymore

No more temporary surfaces, no conversion, no nothing. Just fire and forget.

What about hardware acceleration you said? SDL_pcf does that too. Just tell it what you’ll need (it can be the whole font) and SDL_pcf will create a pre-rendered charset that can go live on the GPU memory for lightning-fast blits.

Try me now at for the 0.0.1 release, including code samples and full documentation at