Akatab proverb
“Two spoons don’t mix in the mouth” — a local proverb warning against having more than one boss or trying to accomplish more than one job at the same time. (Latin transcription: Senatet tăsokalén wr teǧǧehnet émi.)


Akatab is a Unicode font for rendering Tifinagh¹ characters in the Tamahaq and Tamashek languages. Akatab (“writing”) is designed to reflect a handwriting style and even the “writing in sand” effect. This Character Inventory document demonstrates the characters that are included in the font.

This font uses state-of-the-art OpenType and Graphite font technologies to provide accurate typography including the formation of bi-consonant ligatures. Variations of characters are included in the font to meet personal and regional preferences. Documentation included with the font package will show these variants and how to access them.

Historically this writing system has been written in both right-to-left and left-to-right orientations. Akatab has the necessary characters and technical features to write in both directions.

Inclusion of basic Latin repertoire is provided as a convenience, e.g., for use in menus or for displaying markup in text files. This font is not intended for extensive Latin script use.

¹The Tifinagh block was first added to Unicode 4.1 and subsequently amended up through Unicode 6.1. See the latest code chart.


A Tuareg Tifinagh keyboard is now freely available at Keyman.com.


Can I make a web page using this font?

Yes. You can create web pages that request that Akatab be used to display them. In the download package we provide a WOFF font. See Using SIL Fonts on Web Pages for instructions on using fonts on web pages.

Can I make changes to the Akatab font?

Yes! That is allowed as long as you abide by the conditions of the SIL Open Font License (OFL).



This font is licensed under the SIL Open Font License (OFL).


Akatab 1.000for all platforms ZIP | 2.17 MB | 27 May 2020

Source Code

Akatab is licensed according to the terms of the SIL Open Font License. The latest source files are available in a Github project.


As these fonts and utilities are distributed at no cost, we are unable to provide a commercial level of personal technical support. We will, however, try to resolve problems that are reported to us.

We do hope that you will report problems so they can be addressed in future releases. Even if you are not having any specific problems, but have an idea on how this system could be improved, we want to hear your ideas and suggestions.

Please note that these fonts are intended for use by experienced computer users. Installing and using these fonts is not a trivial matter. The most effective technical support is usually provided by an experienced computer user who can personally sit down with you at your computer to troubleshoot the problem.


General troubleshooting information, including frequently asked questions, can be found in the documentation. Additional information is also available on the general Font FAQ page. If that fails to answer your question, send an email via this contact form.

Before requesting technical support, please:

  • Carefully read all the documentation provided with the font and on this site.
  • Try the Support and Troubleshooting path on scripts.sil.org.

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Support from other software users may be available through the SIL Language Software Community. This community will be growing to become the major source of software support.

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