Source Han Serif (also known as Noto Serif CJK) is a serif Song/Ming typeface created by Adobe and Google.

Source Han Serif
Source Han Serif
ClassificationEast Asian Song/Ming Typeface
Commissioned byAdobe, Google
Date created2017[1]
Date releasedApril 3, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-04-03)
LicenseSIL Open Font License v.1.1
Latest release version1.001[2]
Latest release dateMay 8, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-05-08)


Latin-script letters and numerals are from the Source Serif Pro font. Changzhou SinoType Co., Ltd., Iwata Corporation and Sandoll Communications Inc. took part in the design and finished the work on Chinese (both Simplified and Traditional), Japanese and Korean glyphs.[3]

The kana characters were designed by Ryoko Nishizuka of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Frank Grießhammer designed the Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic glyphs.[4]

Ken Lunde from Adobe Systems Incorporated Specification worked on the glyph set, Unicode mappings and CJK glyph consolidation of the typeface.

Frank Grießhammer of Adobe Systems Incorporated provided additional Source Serif glyphs.

Design work for Source Han Serif began in late 2014, with 6 prereleases between 2015 and 2017.[5]

Font release

The font family includes seven font weights: ExtraLight 100, Light 200, Regular 300, Medium 400, SemiBold 500, Bold 700, and Heavy 900. The font contains 65,535 glyphs (the maximum possible in a TrueType font).

Other changes from Source Han Sans v1.004 include:

Noto Serif CJK (2017)

The Google version of the font family include 43,027 encoded characters and includes 65,535 glyphs.[6] OpenType features included vertical text layout support (compliant with Unicode vertical text layout standard).

Simplified Chinese fonts support GB 18030, 2013 Table of General Standard Chinese Characters.

Traditional Chinese fonts support Big5, Taiwan Ministry of Education glyph standard.

Japanese fonts support JIS X 0208, JIS X 0213, and JIS X 0212, Adobe-Japan1-6.

Korean fonts support CJK ideographs in KS X 1001 and KS X 1002.

Noto Serif CJK fonts are released as individual fonts separated by language and weight, or as OTC fonts containing all language variants separated by weight, or OTC fonts containing all weights separated by language, or a single OTC font containing all languages and weights.

Derivative works

  • GenRyuMin (源流明體/源流明朝): It is a version of Source Han Serif, with similar type design to GenYoMin, but the ideograms looks a bit narrow within character frame, leaves wider spacing between the ideograms, added more wedge serifs in ideograms. Available in TTF format.
  • GenWanMin (源雲明體/源雲明朝): It is a version of Source Han Serif, with similar type design to GenYoMin, but the ideograms looks sightly rounded at corners. Available in TTF format.

See also

Adobe's open source family


  1. ^ Source Han Serif: An open source Pan-CJK typeface
  2. ^ "GitHub - adobe-fonts/source-han-serif: Source Han Serif | 思源宋体 | 思源宋體 | 源ノ明朝 | 본명조". Adobe Fonts. 20 September 2019.
  3. ^ 어도비, 구글 그리고 산돌 = ‘본명조’ 탄생! (Adobe, Google, and Sandoll = 'Myeongjo' was born!)
  4. ^ Source Han Serif: An open source Pan-CJK typeface
  5. ^ Source Han Serif / Noto Serif CJK History & Development
  6. ^ "Noto Serif CJK is here!". Google Developers Blog. Retrieved 2021-09-11.