Using Source Code Pro with Sublime Text 2 and Terminal

I just downloaded the new Source Code Pro font (blog post | GitHub project) and decided to give it a try in Sublime Text 2. I like the results. Here’s the "before" screenshot:

And here’s the "after" (with Source Code Pro):

(See these images side-by-side here.)

One of the strengths of Source Code Pro is that it does an excellent job of differentiating between similar glyphs. Here are a few easily confused characters in my blog’s default font:

1Il|iO0oB8

And here they are in Source Code Pro:

1Il|iO0oB8

Here’s a good look at some metacharacters:

<>&"^$\/()|?+*[]{},.

Since I frequently use Vim as my editor, I decided to try Source Code Pro with the terminal, as well. Here’s the before picture (using Menlo):

And here’s the terminal with Source Code Pro:

If you want to give it a try, here’s what you do:

  1. Download the Source Code Pro font and unzip the file.
  2. Install the font…
    • On Mac:
      1. Open the Font Book application.
      2. Click on the + button under the Font column.
      3. Navigate to the fonts you want to install (I installed the OpenType version).
    • On Windows:
      1. Navigate to the folder containing the fonts you want to install.
      2. Select all the fonts in the directory.
      3. Right-click and select Install.
  3. Follow these instructions for changing your font in Sublime Text 2.

Let me know what you think. So far, I really like it, but I’ll need to live with it for a few days before I know for sure.