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Maxis Font (MXF) is a proprietary wrapper format for standard fonts used in SimCity 4. It is trivial to convert between PostScript Type 1 Binary (.pfb) or TrueType (.ttf) files and Maxis Font files.


This is the header of MXF Files:

 Magic Identifier. Always "MXFN"
 Unknown Bytes. Always "02 62 5A 00" in SimCity 4
 Mask Byte. Always 0x9D in SimCity 4

Following this, the remainder of the data is an enciphered font blob, padded out to the next multiple of (decimal) 10000 bytes with random data. This isn't checked by the game, and is apparently only an anti-reverse enginering feature, so modded fonts can leave this padding off.

The enciphered font blob is a standard font (PFB or TTF) that has been xor'd with the mask byte.

Python Encoding Script

Here is a python 3.8+ script to convert TTF or PFB files to MXF files:

import sys

if len(sys.argv)!=3:
	print("Usage: python3 input.{ttf,pfb} output.mxf")
	with open(sys.argv[1],"rb") as ttf:
		with open(sys.argv[2],"wb") as out:
			out.write(mask.to_bytes(1, sys.byteorder))
			while (
				out.write((int.from_bytes(byte,sys.byteorder)^mask).to_bytes(1, sys.byteorder))
			# we could pad to 10,000 bytes, as Maxis fonts do, but it is not necessary for modding

Modding note: You must edit the Font Table INI files, or ensure your font has as compatible PS name embedded in it. Simply replacing fonts under fonts\ isn't enough, the internal names must match.