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Install FreeType

Configure option

--prefix The installation path
--enable-freetype-config Install freetype-config

For CentOS / Ubuntu / MacOS

※ When installing version 2.10.1

> cd /usr/local/src
> sudo wget https://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/freetype/freetype-2.10.1.tar.gz
> sudo tar xvfz freetype-2.10.1.tar.gz
> cd freetype-2.10.1
> sudo ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/freetype/2_10_1 --enable-freetype-config
> sudo make
> sudo make install

Create Symbolic Link

Create installed libraries to under "/usr/local" by symbolic link.

※ When installing version 2.10.1

// /usr/local/bin
> sudo ln -s /usr/local/freetype/2_10_1/bin/freetype-config /usr/local/bin/

// /usr/local/include
> sudo ln -s /usr/local/freetype/2_10_1/include/freetype2 /usr/local/include/

// /usr/local/lib
> sudo ln -s /usr/local/freetype/2_10_1/lib/libfreetype.a /usr/local/lib/
> sudo ln -s /usr/local/freetype/2_10_1/lib/libfreetype.la /usr/local/lib/
> sudo ln -s /usr/local/freetype/2_10_1/lib/libfreetype.so /usr/local/lib/
> sudo ln -s /usr/local/freetype/2_10_1/lib/libfreetype.so.6 /usr/local/lib/
> sudo ln -s /usr/local/freetype/2_10_1/lib/libfreetype.so.6.17.1 /usr/local/lib/

// /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig
> sudo ln -s /usr/local/freetype/2_10_1/lib/pkgconfig/freetype2.pc /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig/

Set Environment Variable

Setting LD_LIBRARY_PATH and PKG_CONFIG_PATH variables is useful when building or executing other sources.
When copying or creating a symbolic link the library installed under /usr/local, it is recommended to set it.

> vim ~/.bash_profile

※ For CentOS / Ubuntu

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig:$PKG_CONFIG_PATH

If you want to load shared libraries in the system, create a file which is wrote "/usr/local/lib" under /etc/ld.so.conf.d.

> sudo echo /usr/local/lib > /etc/ld.so.conf.d/usr_local_lib.conf
> sudo ldconfig
> sudo ldconfig -v

Error Handling

fatal error: hb-ft.h: No such file or directory

Need to install HarfBuzz compled FreeType.

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