Downloading and Using Fonts on Zebra ZPL Printers

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This solution is useful for

  • Converting a font on your PC for use on a label
  • Printing True Type fonts using ZPL files
  • Storing Fonts on the printer
  • How to load a windows font on the printer

 

Symptoms addressed by this solution include: 

  • Convert, Download, and Printing True Type or External Fonts

 

Applies To

Zebra ZPL compatible printers (and Link OS compatible mobile printers - QLn Series, iMZ Series, ZQ500 Series)

Excludes non-ZPL printers: 2824 Series, 2844 Series, S4M (E53 Firmware Version), ZM Series (E53 Firmware), 888 DD/TT Series, MZ Series, ZQ110, EM220, EM220II, All Kiosk (except KR403)

Note: The ZT/ZD/ZQ printers do not support .FNT font files. Use the Zebra Setup Utilities or ZebraNet Bridge to convert and upload the proper fonts (TTF) to the printer.


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We recommend the Zebra Setup Utility as an option for converting and downloading Fonts.

To download the Zebra Setup Utility. Read More>>

Converting a font using the Zebra Setup Utility Read More>>

Note: Use of TrueType or other non-Zebra purchased fonts require licensing and is the responsibility of the user to acquire permission for use in the printer.  

Zebra Printer, Programming language user guides, manuals, and other documentation are available on our website in .pdf format. The programming manual provides information on using the printer command language to handle fonts.

Zebra Printer ZPL Programming Guide Read More>> 

Once the font is downloaded to the printer, you will need to give the font a designator before you can print with it. 

Note: The ZT/ZD/ZQ printers do not support .FNT font files. Use the Zebra Setup Utilities or ZebraNet Bridge to convert and upload the proper fonts (TTF) to the printer.

Check the font name in memory.  If your printer has an LCD display you can choose List Fonts or send the following ZPL string to the printer to print a listing of available fonts:

^XA^WD*:*.FNT*^XZ

The printer should print an index that looks somewhat like this:

Directory of *:*.FNT   
0 Z:0.FNT  48486 P 
H  Z:H8.FNT 7841 P 
G Z:G.FNT 46655 P 
B Z:B.FNT 7594 
A Z:A.FNT 6745 
E:ARI000.FNT 52296 P

Next you can create a short ZPL script to give the font a designator.  In this example,  we will use the letter Q.   ^XA^CWQ,E:ARI000.FNT^XZ

Send the above string to printer then ^XA^WD*:*.FNT*^XZ and the new directory should look like example below with Q designator.

Directory of *:*.FNT   
0 Z:0.FNT 48486 P 
H Z:H8.FNT 7841 P 
G Z:G.FNT 46655 P 
B Z:B.FNT 7594 
A Z:A.FNT  6745 
Q E:ARI000.FNT 52296 P

Then you can create a short ZPL file to see if the font will print onto your labels:   ^XA^FO50,50^AQN,50,50^FDSAMPLE ARIALI^FS ^XZ

The alternate method of printing the font is to use the ^A@ command to print using the font's downloaded name.

i.e.  ^XA^FO50,50^A@N,50,50,E:ARI000.FNT^FDSAMPLE ARIALI^FS ^XZ