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CSS font-family Property

The font-family property specifies the font for an element.

CSS Demo: font-family

font-family: Lato, sans-serif;
font-family: "Lucida Console", Courier;
font-family: serif;
font-family: monospace;

The font-family property can hold several font names as a "fallback" system. If the browser does not support the first font, it tries the next font, and so on. Start with the font you want, and end with a generic family , to let the browser pick a similar font in the generic family, if no other fonts are available.

Note: If the name of a font family is more than one word, it must be in quotation marks, like: "Helvetica Neue".

More than one font family is specified in a comma-separated list:

div {
   font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;

Note: Single quotes must be used when using the "style" attribute in HTML:

<p style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">This is an example of a "Helvetica Neue" font.</p>

Technical Details

Default value depends on the browser
Applies to all elements
Inherited yes
Computed value as specified
Animatable no See animatable properties.
Version CSS1
JavaScript syntax object.style.fontFamily = "Verdana, sans-serif" Demo

CSS Syntax:

font-family: family-name|generic-family|initial|inherit;


The following example shows how to use font-family property:

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The following is an example of using the "Tangerine" font from Google Fonts:

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Browser compatibility

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the font-family property:

font-family 1 1 3.5 1 3

Property Values

The following table describes the values of font-family property:

Value Description
font-family The name of a font family. For example, "Times" and "Helvetica" are font families. Font family names containing whitespace should be quoted.
Generic font families are a fallback mechanism, a means of preserving some of the style sheet author's intent when none of the specified fonts are available. Generic family names are keywords and must not be quoted. A generic font family should be the last item in the list of font family names.
The names of generic-family: "serif", "sans-serif", "cursive", "fantasy" and "monospace".
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element

See also

CSS Fonts tutorial

CSS font-weight property

CSS font-style property

CSS font-size property

CSS line-height property