Kannada on Mac OS

It was fun troubleshooting Font issue on Mac. Follow the link given below to see how Nicholas Shanks help you read Kannada on your Mac Safari browser. The only font which is currently working on Mac to render Kannada text is found here.

Unicode Kannada Font & Keyboard Layout for Macintosh

Rendering issues: Mac vs. PC vs. Linux (Source)

Many kannada fonts are unsuitable for use with Macintosh computers, because they make use of OpenType technology, developed jointly by Microsoft and Adobe, for displaying vowel signs (matras) and ligatures appropriately. While OS X also recognizes OpenType layout tables, it uses a different rendering engine (ATSUI), and these fonts are written for Microsoft’s engine (called Uniscribe).

There is currently no built-in Kannada support in OS X. However, a font and keyboard developed by Nick Shanks is available from here.

We have lots of fonts which are compatible with most distributions of Linux running Gnome or KDE.  ttf-kannada-fonts is bundled with most of the distributions to offer Kannada fonts. They also include Kannada language packs with Keyboard layouts, input methods etc.

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10 thoughts on “Kannada on Mac OS”

    1. Namaste, please let me know what you’re trying to do with Mac. I shall help you with it. You have default kannada font on Mac.

  1. Can some body help in kannada software for MAC. We are a trust and need to be in touch with the mutt pontiffs who knows only kannada

  2. hello sir i have a app mac book but my station all work done kannada tunga font how to install that font and other kannada fonts plz
    and one more doubt my self windows fonts also work with mac os also R?

    my mail is [email protected]

    plz reply

  3. Sir I’m not able to read any kannada files in Microsoft Word from mac . Please give me a solution for it.

  4. Hello Omshivaprakash,

    I am having trouble using Kannada fonts (type in Kannada) in Adobe Illustrator on my Macbook pro. I cant imagine it would be this cumbersome! I only want Illustrator to render the Kannada words properly with matras and wattaksharas. The trouble I face is when I copy the Kannada word onto Illustrator on my mac it renders the matras and wattaksharas separately. What am I doing wrong and what is the best way out? Thanks for your help in advance!


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