Using Web Fonts
This guide covers how to add web fonts to your Gatsby site.
Web fonts provide a variety of typography styling options for your site. Hosting your fonts within a Gatsby project increases your site’s speed by up to ~300 milliseconds on desktop and 1+ seconds on 3G connections.
This guide uses the Gatsby default starter.
The fastest way to get started using Google Fonts is by choosing a font from Fontsource.
This example shows how to set up 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 packages directory in the Fontsource repository.
npm install fontsource-open-sansto download the necessary package files.
Then within your app entry file or site component, import the font package. It is recommended you import it via the layout template (
layout.js). However, importing via page component (
gatsby-browser.jsare viable alternatives.
If you wish to select a particular weight or style, you may specify it by changing the import path.
Note: The range of supported weights and styles a font may support is shown in each package’s README file.
- Once it’s imported, you can reference the font name in a CSS stylesheet, CSS Module, or CSS-in-JS.
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
.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.