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Using Web Fonts

This guide covers how to add fonts from web services to your Gatsby site.

Prerequisites

This guide uses the Gatsby default starter.

Adding web fonts

Some examples of web font services include Google Fonts and Typekit Web Fonts.

gatsby-plugin-web-font-loader

gatsby-plugin-web-font-loader is a Gatsby plugin which makes it easy to add web fonts using the popular Web Font Loader library. It supports loading fonts from Google Fonts, Typekit, Fonts.com, and Fontdeck, as well as self-hosted web fonts.

How to use Web Font Loader with Typekit

You can add Typekit Web Fonts to your project by using the gatsby-plugin-web-font-loader and your Adobe Fonts project id. For example, this is how you can add Futura to your project.

First, install the Gatsby plugin with npm:

Or with yarn:

Then, create an environment variable to store your Adobe Fonts project ID. (Make sure this file is in your .gitignore file so your ID doesn’t get committed!) For example, if your Adobe Fonts project ID is abcdefg, your .env file will look like this:

Now you can add the gatsby-plugin-web-font-loader plugin to your gatsby-config.js file, located in your root directory. In your plugin configuration, pass in the environment variable you created.

Next, add the typeface name to the appropriate font-family value in your CSS.

Self-host Google Fonts with Fontsource

Fontsource is a project to provide open source fonts from Google Fonts as NPM Packages.

You can decrease your site’s loading time by self-hosting fonts, saving ~300 milliseconds on desktop to 1+ seconds on 3G connections.

This example shows how to install the Open Sans font. If you have a different Google Font you want to use, you can find the corresponding package in NPM or the Fontsource Font Preview Website.

  1. Run npm install @fontsource/open-sans to install the necessary package files.

  2. Then within your app entry file or site component, import the font package. It is recommended you import in your site’s gatsby-browser.js file.

If you wish to select a particular weight or style, you may specify it by changing the import path.

Note: The weights and styles a font includes is shown in each package’s README file.

  1. Once it’s imported, you can reference the font name in a CSS stylesheet, CSS Module, or CSS-in-JS.

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