fonts-wqy-microhei - Sans-serif style CJK font derived from Droid

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Distribution Debian 9 (Stretch)
Repository Debian Main i386
Package filename fonts-wqy-microhei_0.2.0-beta-2_all.deb
Package name fonts-wqy-microhei
Package version 0.2.0
Package release beta-2
Package architecture all
Package type deb
Category fonts
License -
Maintainer Debian Fonts Task Force <>
Download size 1.53 MB
Installed size 5.05 MB
WenQuanYi Micro Hei font family is a sans-serif style (also known as Hei,
Gothic or Dotum among the Chinese/Japanese/Korean users) high quality
CJK outline font. It was derived from "Droid Sans Fallback", "Droid
Sans" and "Droid Sans Mono" released by Google Corp. This font package
contains two faces, "Micro Hei" and "Micro Hei Mono", in form of a
TrueType Collection (ttc) file. All the unified CJK Han glyphs, i.e.
GBK Hanzi, in the range of U+4E00-U+9FC3 defined in Unicode Standard 5.1
are covered, with additional support to many other international
languages such as Latin, Extended Latin, Hanguls and Kanas. The font
file is extremely compact (~5M) compared with most known CJK fonts.
As a result, it can be used for hand-held devices or embedded systems, or
used on PC with a significantly small memory footprint. Because both
font faces carry hinting and kerning instructions for Latin glyphs,
they are excellent choices for desktop fonts.


Package Version Architecture Repository
fonts-wqy-microhei_0.2.0-beta-2_all.deb 0.2.0 all Debian Main
fonts-wqy-microhei - - -


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ttf-wqy-microhei -


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ttf-wqy-microhei << 0.2.0-beta-2


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Binary Package fonts-wqy-microhei_0.2.0-beta-2_all.deb
Source Package fonts-wqy-microhei

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install fonts-wqy-microhei deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install fonts-wqy-microhei




2013-12-12 - Anthony Fok <>
fonts-wqy-microhei (0.2.0-beta-2) unstable; urgency=low
* Fix incorrect advanceWidths in hmtx for composite glyphs, which
had caused Korean Hangul glyphs to stack on top of each other.
From the bug report:
The issue appears when using ttf-wqy-microhei in Chromium
(and possibly other programs).
See for
the original report against Chromium.
The issue itself is that the version of ttf-wqy-microhei in the
repository was created with an old version of FontForge which
created incorrect advanceWidths in the htmx tables of this font.
As a result many Korean glyphs have tiny advance withs (1/8 of
what they should be) and so stack on top of each other when linear
metrics are requested and used.
Many thanks to Chromium developer Ben Wagner (Bungeman) for his
excellent and meticulous work in investigating the issue and in 
creating a patched version of wqy-microhei.ttc to fix the issue.
(Closes: #714641; LP: #1258520)
Also thanks to upstream author Qianqian Fang for giving us the go-ahead
to use Bungeman's version, and will investigate an upstream update
if he can find the time.
To facilitate adoption by other distributions, and for record keeping,
here are the checksums of wqy-microhei.ttc before and after the patch:
Checksum of original wqy-microhei.ttc with incorrect hmtx advanceWidths:
- MD5:    966af48e02884546677a2f762f6725b9
- SHA1:   42467ef798a8f7bd8192a869ac7e05e17132c5c6
- SHA256: e4bca8df123ce01b104780f576ea1a58b9a5ff1662a91124b6d3180cb6c88212
Checksum of wqy-microhei.ttc patched by Bungeman:
- MD5:    a7ff47b49e15875c113ed77c491953ab
- SHA1:   cd9c1b74f137db79c5fd403002cb1132d30f749b
- SHA256: 2420e8078af796b19a3f6ef13de527a1a91c1e7171eea115926c614ced1009b3
* Acknowledge NMU of ttf-wqy-microhei 0.2.0-beta-1.1 by Aron Xu
and contributed patch from 0.2.0-beta-1ubuntu1 by Steve Langasek
(Debian Bug#660060)
* Acknowledge improvements to ttf-wqy-microhei in Ubuntu
(0.2.0-beta-1.1ubuntu1 to 0.2.0-beta-1.1ubuntu4) by
Iain Lane, Scott Ritchie and Gunnar Hjalmarsson:
- New fontconfig file 65-wqy-microhei.conf
- Mark as Multi-Arch: foreign (Closes: #705180)
However, in 65-wqy-microhei.conf, I decide to remove <prefer> for serif
because WenQuanYi Micro Hei is a sans-serif font and there exist other
real serif CJK fonts in the Debian repository.
* Learning from Christian Perrier in his update to fonts-wqy-zenhei:
- Rename source package to "fonts-wqy-microhei" to fit the Font Packages
Naming Policy.
- Use dh minimal rules file
- Update Standards to 3.9.5 (checked)
- Bump debhelper compatibility to 9
- Use xz extreme compression for deb packages
- Use git for packaging: adapt Vcs-* fields
* Convert to machine-readable debian/copyright version 1.0
* Change upstream home page to
* Following the example of fonts-wqy-zenhei, set Debian Fonts Task Force
as the Maintainer.
* Add myself to the list of Uploaders
* Last but not least, many thanks to original maintainer Zhengpeng Hou
for generously allowing me do whatever I like to this package.  :-)    
2012-07-07 - Aron Xu <>
ttf-wqy-microhei (0.2.0-beta-1.1) unstable; urgency=low
* Non-maintainer upload.
* Remove recommends on x-ttcidfont-conf (Closes: #660060).
* Drop maintainer scripts, fontconfig uses trigger now.
* Set correct maintainer email address.
2009-05-28 - Zhengpeng Hou <>
ttf-wqy-microhei (0.2.0-beta-1) unstable; urgency=low
* Initial release. (Closes: #530935)

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