Using Web Fonts
This guide covers how to add fonts from web services to your Gatsby site.
This guide uses the Gatsby default starter.
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.
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.
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 packages directory in the Fontsource repository.
npm install @fontsource/open-sansto install the necessary package files.
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.
- Once it’s imported, you can reference the font name in a CSS stylesheet, CSS Module, or CSS-in-JS.