Postscript Font Name Generator

Stuart SandlerStuart Sandler Posts: 283
edited March 29 in Font Technology
I'm looking for a way to select a folder of .otf and .ttf font files, run a script (I'd assume in Mac Terminal) that will grab the following information and generate a .csv file with the following columns: File Name, Font Name, Postscript Name, Vendor ID

Any guidance is deeply appreciated and I'm happy to compensate via payment or donate on behalf of any helpful folks who wish to assist.

Many thanks,


  • Georg SeifertGeorg Seifert Posts: 621
    That can be done with fonttools. This page can get you started:
  • Thanks @Georg Seifert - Since your post I've successfully installed fonttools but respectfully have zero idea where to even start on 1) importing the fonts within a specific folder and 2) knowing which tables to look at to grab data and 3) exporting this data in a csv file

    Kindly advise and many thanks for the start.

  • import os
    import argparse
    import csv
    from fontTools.ttLib import TTFont
    parser = argparse.ArgumentParser()
    options = parser.parse_args()
    dir_path = options.dir_path
    fonts_info = []
    for filename in os.listdir(dir_path):
        if filename.split(".")[-1].lower() in "ttf otf".split():
            font = TTFont(os.path.join(dir_path, filename))
                    "FileName": filename,
                    "FontName": font["name"].getName(4, 1, 0, 0).toUnicode(),
                    "PSName": font["name"].getName(6, 1, 0, 0).toUnicode(),
                    "VendorID": font["OS/2"].achVendID,
    with open("data.csv", "w", newline="", encoding="utf-8") as csvfile:
        fieldnames = "FileName FontName PSName VendorID".split()
        writer = csv.DictWriter(csvfile, fieldnames=fieldnames)
        for font_info in fonts_info:

  • Aha! Thank you Viktor! Please let me know if you'd like me to send you a payment or donate one on your behalf - Feel free to message me directly.

  • @Viktor Rubenko I'm attempting to run the script but am getting this error, kindly advise - Perhaps I'm doing it incorrectly:

    error: too few arguments

  • Disregard, all good now!
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