Posted by: Tharindu | December 3, 2009

How to install Sinhala unicode for Mac

I was looking for how to install sinhala unicode fonts for Mac. When I initially checked out about this I could not find this details from Siyabas site by ICTA where it has all other information regarding installing Unicode fonts for different Operating Systems. For OS X (Leopard, Snow Leopard) site did not contain any information. Then through wikipedia article on Sinhala Font Guide, I was able to get a link to download Malithi web sinhala unicode font designed for Mac. So I just thought of posting this few simple steps on how to have sinhala unicode running for a Mac. But still with some rendering problems may be

  • Download Malithi web font for Mac from here (.ttf)
  • Copy the file to /Library/Fonts folder simple as that

At this point at least now we can see some sinhala web pages but still with some rendering issues for letters with ‘combu’ some times. I will add it here if I find a better solution than this later.

Just found a better article on this subject with the help of a friend from sinhala-fonts google group. From here you can download a better Mac compatible unicode font.

Adobe and Mac Compatible Sinhala Unicode Font

You can Download the font from here directly since most of the content in this article is in Sinhala. And you might have to use firefox for your work then still

Download Mac Compatible Kaputa font

There seems to be a really well made sinhala font designed for Mac. It is mac version of Bhashitha Font. Download Mac Bhashitha font.

Also you could download FireFox RC2 with Sinhala for Mac.

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  1. it’s works perfectly thx a lot

  2. thank you!

  3. Working prefect

  4. Thanks for that! I have also tried kaputa Unicode, it works but as you said there are some rendering problems….. But this is what I dont understand…. I can see sinhala unicodes on my iPod touch perfectly with no rendering probs…. It was built in font… So I’m just wondering why apple didn’t do the same for Mac os

    • ah yep.. they had included sinhala unicode to iOS since 4.0 OS.. may be with next Mac OS – Lion they might include sinhala font for mac as well hopefully..

    • you might also try Mac Bhashitha font done by ICTA. It’s here.

      http://siyabas.lk/files/macbashitha.ttf

      • thanks for that :D

  5. Malithi and Iskoola Potha unicode fonts are working very well if you use Firefox. You will not get the correctly rendered fonts when you use Safari or Chrome.

  6. Appreciate your blog to help Mac users. The links to Malithi,Kaputa Mac Bhasitha and Adobe-and-mac-compatible-sinhala-unicode-fonts no longer works. I google separately and still could not find. Any suggestions?

  7. Thanks so much for your help. I downloaded the fonts and now I can read Sinhala (with minor rendering issues). Is there a transitilation program for Mac for writing Sinhala?
    Regards,
    Shani

  8. Hi,
    Go to following URL and save that page in locally. then you are good to go offline too.
    http://www.ucsc.cmb.ac.lk/ltrl/services/feconverter/t1.html
    Tharindu

  9. බොහොම ස්තුතියි කරපු උදව්වට.
    Thanks a lot. It works. You are great!
    May the noble triple gem bless you!
    Shani

  10. Thanks for the information I just did it.


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