Charis SIL
Charis SIL specimen.svg
Designer(s)SIL International
Date released2006
LicenseSIL Open Font License
Design based onBitstream Charter
Charis SIL sample (1).svg

Charis SIL /ˈkɛərɪs/ is a transitional serif typeface developed by SIL International based on Bitstream Charter, one of the first fonts designed for laser printers. The font offers four family members: roman, bold, italic, and bold italic.

Its design goal is to "provide a single Unicode-based font family that would contain a comprehensive inventory of glyphs needed for almost any Roman- or Cyrillic-based writing system, whether used for phonetic or orthographic needs."[1]

Charis SIL supports Graphite, OpenType, and AAT technologies for advanced rendering features. Along with Doulos SIL and Gentium, it is licensed under the SIL Open Font License (OFL),[2] and can be downloaded free of charge.[3]

Version 6.101 of the font, with over 3,600 glyphs,[4] current as of 2022, was released on 9 February 2022.[5]

Phonetician John C. Wells recommended Charis SIL for displaying IPA symbols.[6]



  1. ^ "Charis SIL (Home Page)". 2 October 2014.
  2. ^ OFL information page on
  3. ^ Download page on
  4. ^ "Character Set Support". Charis SIL. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Current Versions". SIL International. 2022. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  6. ^ Wells, John (2012-06-04). "IPA transcription in Unicode". University College London. Archived from the original on 2007-12-02.