Google Fonts
Prompt,[1] a Thai typeface from Google Fonts
TypeFont embedding service
Launch date2010 (2010)

Google Fonts (formerly known as Google Web Fonts) is a computer font and web font service owned by Google. This includes free and open source font families, an interactive web directory for browsing the library, and APIs for using the fonts via CSS[2] and Android.[3] Google Fonts is also used with Google Workspace software such as Docs, Sheets, Drawings and Slides.

Popular fonts in the Google Fonts library include Roboto, Open Sans, Lato, Oswald, Montserrat, and Source Sans Pro.[4]


Google Fonts was launched in 2010[5] and revamped in 2011,[6] 2016,[7] and 2020.[8]

On March 3, 2020, Google updated the catalog website with support for variable fonts.[citation needed] On March 2, 2021, the Google Fonts team announced they were adding support for open source icons.[9]

Font library

As of July 2024, Google Fonts had 1691 font families, including 421 variable font families.[10]

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

Licenses and distribution

Most of the fonts are released under the SIL Open Font License 1.1, while some are released under the Apache License;[11] both are libre licenses.

The font library is also distributed by Monotype's SkyFonts and Adobe's Edge Web Fonts and Adobe Fonts (formerly Typekit) services.

Privacy issues

In February 2022, a German court ruled that a website using Google Fonts violated the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by passing personally identifiable information (IP address) to Google without the user's consent or a legitimate interest in doing so.[12]


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  2. ^ "How To Add Google Fonts Using CSS". 2019-01-25. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  3. ^ "How Oreo is better than Nougat : Downloadable fonts and adaptive icons". 2017-08-24. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  4. ^ "Analytics - Google Fonts". 2020-09-03. Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  5. ^ "Google Fonts is Born - Can I get a Hallelujah!?". 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  6. ^ "Google Fonts Blog: The new Google Web Fonts - Now fully launched". 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  7. ^ "Reimagining Google Fonts - Library - Google Design". 2016-06-15. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  8. ^ "Happy anniversary, Google Fonts!". 2020-03-02. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  9. ^ Kunisch, Tobias; Lee, SeHee (2021-03-02). "Google Fonts ❤️ Material Icons - Material Design". Material Design. Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  10. ^ "Browse Fonts - Google Fonts". Google Fonts. Retrieved 2024-07-03.
  11. ^ "Google Fonts - Attribution". 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  12. ^ Cushing, Tim (2022-02-07). "German Court Fines Site Owner For Sharing User Data With Google To Access Web Fonts". Techdirt. Retrieved 2022-02-28.