Google Fonts

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Google Fonts
TypeFont embedding service
Launch date2010 (2010)

Google Fonts (previously called Google Web Fonts) is a library of 952 free licensed fonts, an interactive web directory for browsing the library, and APIs for conveniently using the fonts via CSS[1] and Android.[2]


The directory was launched in 2010[3] and revamped in 2011[4] and 2016.[5] Most of the fonts are released under the SIL Open Font License 1.1, while some are released under the Apache License;[6] both are libre licenses. The font library is also distributed by Monotype's SkyFonts and Adobe's Edge Web Fonts and Typekit services.

The Google Fonts directory is intended to enable font discovery and exploration, and the service is used extensively with over 17 trillion fonts served, which means that on average each of its 952 fonts has been downloaded over 19 billion times, and that each person on Earth has, on average, downloaded each font at least two or three times. Popular fonts include Open Sans, Roboto, Lato, Slabo 27px, Oswald and Lobster.[7]

The library is maintained through Google Fonts' GitHub repository at, where all font files can be obtained directly. Source files for many of the fonts are available from git repositories within the Github organization, along with libre software tools used by the Google Fonts community.

Webmasters within Germany have received warning letters from lawyers claiming that loading Google Fonts directly from Google servers was not GDPR compliant.[8]

On May 9th, Google announced they would support the 'font-display' CSS parameter[9].


  1. ^ "Google Fonts Review - What is it?". 2015-01-26. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  2. ^ "How Oreo is better than Nougat : Downloadable fonts and adaptive icons". 2017-08-24. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  3. ^ "Google Fonts is Born - Can I get a Hallelujah!?". 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  4. ^ "Google Fonts Blog: The new Google Web Fonts - Now fully launched". 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  5. ^ "Reimagining Google Fonts - Library - Google Design". 2016-06-15. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  6. ^ "Google Fonts - Attribution". 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  7. ^ "Analytics - Google Fonts". 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  8. ^ Jodeleit, Bernhard. "Cease-and-desist letters because of Google Fonts"], Lots of Ways GmbH, 29 October 2018. Retrieved on 29 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Google Fonts - font-display: swap;". Fonts Plugin. 2019-05-16. Retrieved 2019-09-02.

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