My &guifont is set using let &guifont="SauceCodePro NF 11,Source code pro 11".

Calling set guifont? returns the full option, guifont=SauceCodePro NF 11,Source code pro 11.

Is there a way to check which of the two fonts gvim eventually used, if any?

Reading :h guifont didn't give me any ideas.


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If there really isn't a simple query to find the information then we'll have to brute-force it...

Two key behaviors are described in :h 'guifonts':

[If a list of fonts is given] the first valid font is used.


[If a single font is given and] the font cannot be found you will get an error message.

That suggests something like this function:

func! ReportFirstValidGuiFont()
    " preserve existing value
    let l:fonts = &guifont

    for font in split(l:fonts, ",") 
            exe "set guifont=" . font
            echo "Applied GUI font: " . font
        catch /E596/
            " ie: Vim(set):E596: Invalid font(s): guifont=<font-name>
            echo v:exception
            " always restore original value
            let &guifont = l:fonts

Call with :call ReportFirstValidGuiFont() and it will iterate over the comma separated font list, setting each font as the sole guifonts value. It will print a message naming the first one that doesn't cause an error and exit. The printed name should be the font that is currently applied.

  • Is the return a bug?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Nov 24, 2019 at 14:34
  • @D.BenKnoble How so? All we care about is the first font that doesn't cause an error. So if we get past the set guifont line we print and bail.
    – B Layer
    Nov 25, 2019 at 4:43
  • Yeah misread my bad
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Nov 25, 2019 at 12:51
  • I finally got around to trying this, and discovered a few things. First, it took me ages to figure out I needed to remove the finally block. The other thing is that this only works after the GUI has connected, so I had to put it into au GUIEnter * call .... Sadly, that means it can't be used for anything during startup. Feb 1, 2020 at 10:29
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    Sorry, my question didn't quite outline why I wanted to know this. I wanted to check the eventual font while starting up, so I could configure whether or not to use nerd font symbols. I removed the finally to actually set guifont to the first valid font, rather than keeping the fallback list for the whole session. I now see why you put it in there! This answer did answer the question though, so I'll give you the answer tag. I don't think I'll find anything to suit my requirements Feb 1, 2020 at 10:48

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