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Using Local Fonts

This guide covers how to add local fonts to your Gatsby site.

Prerequisites

  • A Gatsby project set up. (Need help creating one? Follow the Quick Start)
  • Font file(s), e.g. from Inter. Common font file extensions are .woff2 and .woff

Directions

Place the font files into your project

When you downloaded your font file(s), e.g. from Inter you fill most likely have a bunch of different files available (this can differ a lot between fonts). You’ll want to use the “Web” versions or Variable Fonts versions of your font. They are optimized for the usage on the web.

Furthermore, in this next step you should only choose the font styles and weights you absolutely must, as it’s benefitial for performance to limit the number of fonts.

Place your font(s) into a static/fonts directory. For the sake of this guide the Inter/Inter Web/Inter-roman.var.woff2 file is used. It’s a web optimized, variable, subset font file of Inter.

The static folder (see the Using the Static Folder guide) contents will be copied over to the public folder so you can reference the files in your other files.

Preload your fonts

For the best performance possible it’s recommended to preload your font files. Add a gatsby-ssr.js if not existent yet and add the following:

Use the fonts in your CSS

This section depends on the styling option you chose and the fonts you chose. Refer to the respective documentation for details. In this guide a global.css file is added to the root, imported into a gatsby-browser.js file and has the following contents:

The important piece is the src. Point the url to your fonts directory.

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