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Importing Fonts


Typeface 2 lets you import fonts from directories on your Mac, external disks or network shares. These directories are added as linked locations to the sidebar, so you can easily view them later.

To import fonts you can use one of the following methods:

Typeface doesn’t move or copy your font files and directories, it just links to their location. This means that you can organize your font directory structure however you want.

You could create a single font directory on your Mac and put all your bought and downloaded fonts into that directory, or you could for example store font files in the project directories for which they are used. Either way Typeface will scan the locations and its subdirectories for font files (*.ttf, *.otf, *.dfont, *.ttc) and imports them into the app.

Location options

There are a couple of options you can change when you import a directory:

These settings are location specific, i.e. for some locations you want to scan all subdirectories and for some you don’t. Change these options before import by clicking on the ‘Options’ button in the bottom left corner:

importing font options


The following options are global and are applied for each imported location. You can find them in the app Preferences in the ‘Import’ tab.

Import duplicates

If the ‘Import Duplicates’ option is unchecked, Typeface will not import fonts which have the same PostScript name as already imported fonts. For example if you have Helvetica-Light imported from macOS and have a separate Helvetica-Light font somewhere else, Typeface will not import it.

When this option is enabled Typeface will import duplicates as well, but remember that only one can be activated at the same time (otherwise you’ll get font conflicts).

Import hidden fonts

Some fonts files contain hidden fonts, starting with a leading ‘.’ (dot), e.g. “.Al Bayan PUA Plain”. These fonts are normally not visible in other apps, so you probably don’t want to see them in Typeface as well. But if you want you can import them by checking the ‘Import Hidden Fonts’ option in the Preferences panel.

Classify Fonts on import

Typeface automatically classifies imported fonts if the information is available. The following tags will be applied:

If you don’t want these tags or want to manage these tags yourself, uncheck the ‘Classify Fonts on Import’ option in the app Preferences.

Refreshing & syncing

On launch Typeface refreshes all your imported locations automatically. If you want to manually refresh a location you can right click on the location name in the sidebar and choose ‘Refresh’.

Removing locations

You can remove a location by right clicking on it in the sidebar and choosing ‘Remove Location’. Note that when you remove a location its imported fonts will be removed from Typeface as well (but your font files will remain on your disk of course!). This also means that these fonts lose their attached tags. Make sure to backup your tags if you want to import those fonts later and restore their tags.

Missing Fonts

If you remove fonts from your disk Typeface will notice that on sync and will remove the fonts from your library. The attached tags are remembered for you, so if you accidentally removed the fonts and want to import them again later their tags are restored.

Transitioning from Font Book

Typeface will automatically import all fonts (both activated and deactivated) from Font Book. You don’t have to change anything in Font Book, just keep your fonts installed. However, it is recommended to move the fonts in ~/Library/Fonts to some other location. If you don’t do this and deactivate a font located in ~/Library/Fonts using Typeface it might be reactivated by Font Book, because it monitors that directory.

The first time you launch Typeface it will also import your collections, so you can continue organizing your library where you left off.

Google Fonts

Typeface can import the full Google Fonts catalog with 2000+ fonts into your library. When imported Typeface keeps the fonts up-to-date so you’ll automatically get the latest fonts when they’re added to the catalog.

To import the Google Fonts catalog go to Preferences > Import and click on the ‘Import Google Fonts’ button. This will add a ‘Google’ location to your sidebar.

For more info about Google Fonts and the font licenses go to https://fonts.google.com.


Import your Typekit fonts by opening the app Preferences, choosing Import and clicking the ‘Import Typekit Fonts’ button. This will add a ‘Typekit’ (‘livetype’) location to your sidebar. Note that not the full Typekit library will be visible, only Typekit fonts which are synced (downloaded) to your Mac.

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