hzeep is a (slightly) modified version of the Neep font by Jim Knoble. hzeep is designed for living in the terminal. In my experience, it works well for programming, as well as for other tasks like reading email.

Modifications to the original font were made using FontForge, and the TTF version of the font was created with help from this script. You can see the specifics of the changes from Neep a little farther down the page.

You can get a sense of how the font looks with the following two images:


hzeep is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 3.0. You can download the current version (version 3, released 9 Aug 2022) below:


On GNU/Linux Systems, download the TTF file and put it in your ~/.fonts directory, and then run:

$ fc-cache -vf

for best results


If this font is almost what you want, but not quite, you might be interested in one of the older versions (see below), or Neep, zevv-peep, or Proggy.

what changed?

Version 3

When using the bold version of the font, it was difficult to tell the exclamation point apart from the solid pipe character; so I modified both the exclamation point and the question mark to have more space between the two components. A comparison is shown below, with the original (version 2) on top, and the updated glyphs (version 3) on the bottom:

Version 2

After receiving feedback that the '6' and '8' glyphs were difficult to tell apart at a distance, I modified the '6' and '9' glyphs to try to improve this. A comparison is shown below, with the original (version 1) on top, and the updated glyphs (version 2) on the bottom:

Version 2 is available here:
hzeep Version 2, TTF
hzeep Version 2, 8x15 BDF

Version 1

Really, version 1 is almost entirely still Neep. The following is (I think) an exhaustive list of changes I made, starting with the neep-iso8859-1-08x15.bdf file from this tarball. For some of the changes, a comparison is shown, with Neep on top on hzeep on bottom.

Version 1 is only available as a bitmap font:
hzeep Version 1, 8x15 BDF