getting ttf font/family name; fontTools?

John Hunter jdhunter at
Thu Sep 11 22:32:09 CEST 2003

I would like to extract the font and family name from a TTF file.  I
have been looking at fontTools ttLib, which parses the ttf file and
provides lots of helpful information, but cannot find the name.

  >>> from fontTools import ttLib
  >>> tt = ttLib.TTFont("cour.ttf")

tt['head'] seems like a good place to find it, but I can't.

The data appear to be in the 'name' field

  >>> s = tt.getTableData('name')
  >>> s.find('Courier')

But I still don't know how to extract this information if I don't know
the family/font name in advace.  Any ideas on how to best extract this
info using fontTools or otherwise?

What I am trying to do is find the best ttf font file for a given
fontname, fontangle, and fontweight.  I plan to write my own font
finder given a font name and font family from the ttf file, but if
there is a better way to find ttf fonts let me know.  Eg, what I want
to do is

  ttfile = findfont('Courier', 'Italic', 'Bold') 

and have findfont search some PATH containing TTF files and return the
closest match, or a default if no good match is found.

John Hunter

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