The Ekmelos Font

Latest release: 2.32

Ekmelos is a music font compliant with SMuFL.

It has been initially designed for use in conjunction with Ekmelily – an extension for LilyPond – and ekmelib to provide mainly accidental symbols for the notation of microtonal music. Meanwhile, it includes over 2000 glyphs of several groups (clefs, noteheads, flags, rests, articulations, dynamics, ornaments, playing techniques, etc.)

The Ekmelos Font Software is a family consisting of four fonts:

  • Ekmelos
  • Ekmelos 12-EDO
  • Ekmelos 24-EDO
  • Ekmelos 72-EDO

The three "Ekmelos N-EDO" fonts are intended for use with ekmelib and include only the glyphs required by the respective version (12 / 24 / 72-edo), thus reducing significantly the download volume.

Ekmelos is created with the excellent FontForge (Version 20201107).
The WOFF2 fonts of 12/72-EDO are created with woff2woff2.


  • Ekmelos Folder
    … all files of Ekmelos: fonts, documentation, metadata, scripts, old versions, etc.
  • Documentation
    … with tables of all glyphs in the Ekmelos font, and a description of the metadata and the support for LilyPond.
  • Zip Archive
    … with the fonts of the Ekmelos font family (OTF, WOFF, and SVG), as well as the documentation, metadata, et al
  • Windows Setup
    … installs Ekmelos.otf on the system (C:\Windows\Fonts), as well as the metadata, changelog, and license into a selectable folder (default is %COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\SMuFL\Fonts\Ekmelos\).

See also the Tables with alterations.


The folder fonts contains all available font files (OpenType, WOFF, WOFF2, SVG). Install the OpenType font file Ekmelos.otf on your system:

  • On GNU/Linux, copy the file e.g. to /usr/local/share/fonts (or a subfolder), and rebuild the font cache with fc-cache -f -v (or reboot).
  • On OS X, copy the file to /Library/Fonts.
  • On Windows, drag the file to C:\Windows\Fonts or run Windows Setup.


Copyright © 2013-2021 Thomas Richter (thomas-richteraonat),
with Reserved Font Name “Ekmelos”.

The Ekmelos font is licensed under the SIL Open Font License, Version 1.1, which means it is free to use, redistribute, and modify, but please do respect the conditions set out in the license.

See the files LICENSE.txt and OFL-FAQ.txt. This license and FAQ are also available at