Default Fonts For Mac

What fonts can you assume Windows users will have? Mac users? And how about (gulp!) Linux & other UNIX users? Oh, & don't forget mobile users: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android, & Windows Phone 7!

One answer can be found at Code Style Font Sampler, which asks visitors to fill out a survey asking them about the fonts they have on their computers. You should take the results with a grain of salt, as the results are biased in favor of users who:

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  1. visit the site,
  2. agree to take the survey, &
  3. are able to correctly determine the fonts on their computers

Still, it provides some useful results. Go take a look & it'll give you some numbers you can work with.

Various resources also exist that give web developers some hard numbers & lists they can use when determining the fonts available on various operating systems.


The following fonts have served as the default system fonts on Windows:

VersionDefault System Font
10Segoe UI1
8.1Segoe UI1
8Segoe UI1
7Segoe UI1
VistaSegoe UI1
Me (Millennium Edition)MS Sans Serif3
98 Second EditionMS Sans Serif3
98MS Sans Serif3
NT 4MS Sans Serif3
95MS Sans Serif3
NT 3.5MS Sans Serif3
NT 3.1MS Sans Serif3
3.1MS Sans Serif3

The number of typefaces & fonts Microsoft includes with Windows has been steadily increasing. First a table:

Typefaces (New)Fonts (New)
7111 (15)257 (49)
8118 (6)279 (17)
8.1124 (10)322 (45)
1093 (10)171 (45)
10 (FoD)84 (3)269 (9)

And now a detailed breakdown:

  • Windows XP: 31 typefaces4 & 136 fonts5
  • Windows Vista: 90 typefaces6 & 191 fonts
  • Windows 7: 111 typefaces & 257 fonts7; 15 are new typefaces & 49 are new fonts8
  • Windows 8: 118 typefaces & 279 fonts; 6 are new typefaces & 17 are new fonts9
  • Windows 8.1: 125 typefaces, 322 fonts; 10 are new typefaces & 45 are new fonts10
  • Windows 10: 177 typefaces, 440 fonts
    • In the base install, there are 9311 typefaces & 17112 fonts.
    • In that base install are 10 new typefaces & 45 new fonts.12
    • Windows 10 also makes other typefaces & fonts available in Feature on Demand packages. According to Microsoft, FoD packages “are installed automatically by Windows Update when the associated languages are enabled in language settings (for example, by enabling a keyboard)” but can also be installed manually by using Settings > Apps > Apps & Features > Manage Optional Features. The FoD packages include 84 typefaces & 269 fonts.13
    • In those FoD packages are 3 new typefaces & 9 new fonts.13

For more info:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8/8.1
  • Windows 10
    • New fonts in Windows 10 (including Georgia Pro & Verdana Pro)

Wikipedia’s “List of typefaces included with Microsoft Windows” lists fonts included with Windows 3.1–10.

In addition to these, you should also check out Microsoft's “Fonts and Products”, which lists fonts supplied not only with Microsoft’s products, but also included in UNIX, Mac OS X, & Adobe products.

Mac OS X/OS X/macOS

Apple has a page detailing System Fonts for macOS & iOS.

The following fonts have served as the default system fonts on macOS:

VersionDefault System Font
10.14 MojaveSan Francisco
10.13 High SierraSan Francisco
10.12 SierraSan Francisco
10.11 El CapitanSan Francisco
10.10 YosemiteHelvetica Neue
10.9 MavericksLucida Grande
10.8 Mountain LionLucida Grande
10.7 LionLucida Grande
10.6 Snow LeopardLucida Grande
10.5 LeopardLucida Grande
10.4 TigerLucida Grande
10.3 PantherLucida Grande
10.2 JaguarLucida Grande
10.1 PumaLucida Grande
10.0 CheetahLucida Grande

The number of typefaces & fonts Apple includes with Mac OS X/OS X/macOS has varied. First a table:

InstalledAvailable for DownloadAvailable in Documents or Apps
10.3 Panther– / 74
10.4 Tiger– / 117
10.5 Leopard– / 160
10.6 Snow Leopard– / 249
10.7 Lion– / 225
10.8 Mountain Lion– / 242
10.9 Mavericks– / 507
10.10 Yosemite?
10.11 El Capitan?
10.12 Sierra– / 473– / 106– / 158
10.13 High Sierra193 / 48858 / 107134 / 197
10.14 Mojave180 / 48861 / 187134 / 198

And now a detailed breakdown:

  • Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
    • 74 fonts installed14
  • Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
    • 117 fonts installed15
  • Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
    • 160 fonts installed16
    • 155 fonts installed17
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    • 249 fonts installed18
  • Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
    • 225 fonts installed19
  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    • 242 fonts installed20
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks
    • 507 fonts installed21
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite
    • Full list not available
    • 11 new typefaces & 29 new fonts22
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
    • Full list not available
    • 6 new typefaces23
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra24
    • 473 fonts installed
    • 106 fonts available for download
    • 158 fonts available in documents or apps that use or request the font(s)
    • 8 new typefaces & 12 new fonts25
  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra26
    • 193 (?) typefaces & 488 fonts installed
    • 58 typefaces (?) & 107 fonts available for download
    • 134 typefaces (?) & 197 fonts available in documents or apps that use or request the font(s)
  • macOS 10.14 Mojave27
    • 180 typefaces & 488 fonts installed
    • 61 typefaces (?) & 187 fonts available for download
    • 134 typefaces (?) & 198 fonts available in documents or apps that use or request the font(s)

Some interesting info is at Unicode fonts for Macintosh OS X computers.

UNIX & Linux

There are hundreds of different UNIX variants out there (Linux itself is one, and there are hundreds of variants of Linux!), so saying with certainty what fonts are safe to assume are on any particular user's UNIX box is difficult. Fortunately, even though there are hundreds of UNIX flavors, there are only a few that make up the majority of desktop use.

Fedora 29: 59 typefaces & 300 fonts installed28

Ubuntu Server28

  • 12.04: 15 typefaces & 56 fonts installed
  • 14.04: 13 typefaces & 47 fonts installed
  • 18.04: 15 typefaces & 43 fonts installed
  • 18.10: 4 typefaces & 16 fonts installed

For more, see Fonts supplied with UNIX / XFree and GhostScript.


The following fonts have served as the default system fonts on iOS:

VersionDefault System Font
12San Francisco
11San Francisco
10San Francisco
9San Francisco
8Helvetica Neue
7Helvetica Neue
6Helvetica Neue
5Helvetica Neue
4Helvetica Neue
iPhone OS 3Helvetica
iPhone OS 2Helvetica
iPhone OS 1Helvetica

When the iPad came out, it had more fonts on it than did the iPhone. Apple has since rectified that, & it's my guess that it will continue to make sure both devices have the same number of fonts on them.

iOS VersionFonts

iPhone OS (iOS 1)29

11 typefaces & 23 fonts (?)


11 typefaces & 33 fonts


20 typefaces & 55 fonts (10 new typefaces & 22 new fonts)


54 typefaces & 120 fonts (13 new typefaces & 28 new fonts)



57 typefaces33

60 typefaces & 161 fonts (6 new typefaces & 32 new fonts)34


206 fonts (58 downloadable as needed)


244 fonts (287 downloadable as needed)36

10 new typefaces & 37 new fonts37


77 typefaces & TK fonts (2 new typefaces & 6 new fonts)38

74 typefaces & 245 fonts39


75 typefaces & 248 fonts40


75 typefaces & 248 fonts



263 fonts installed

? fonts available for download

? available in documents or apps that use or request the font(s)

Default Font Mac Os Catalina


Android is a bit more complicated, because while it doesn't include very many built in fonts, apps can bundle whatever fonts they want (note that this is now true for Apple's iOS as of version 4; however, since iOS also comes with over 50 built in fonts, most apps don't need to include their own).

Android versions 1 through 3 (code names: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, & Honeycomb) included only 3 fonts:

  • Droid Sans
  • Droid Serif
  • Droid Sans Mono

You can read more about Droid:

Starting with version 4 of Android (codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich), Google introduced a new standard font: Roboto. Here are some webpages about Roboto:

Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 out of the box supports 16 fonts, including those in Core Fonts for the Web plus a few others. If you do not specify font-family, Segoe WP is used by default. However, like Android & iOS, developers can embed their own fonts in their apps if they desire.

If you’re looking for my comments on Microsoft’s Core Fonts for the Web (Andalé Mono, Arial, Comic Sans, Courier New, Georgia, Impact, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS, Verdana, & Webdings) & Microsoft’s ClearType Font Collection (Calibri, Cambria, Candara, Consolas, Constantia, Corbel), see My Thoughts on Fonts.

  1. Segoe↩↩↩↩↩

  2. Tahoma (typeface)↩↩

  3. Microsoft Sans Serif↩↩↩↩↩↩↩↩↩↩↩

  4. Standard Windows Fonts↩

  5. Fonts supplied with Windows XP↩

  6. Fonts included with each version of Windows: Windows Vista Fonts↩

  7. Lines counted from Windows 7 font list↩

  8. Fonts included with Windows 7↩

  9. Lines counted from Windows 8 font list↩

  10. Lines counted from Windows 8.1 font list↩

  11. See List of Installed Typefaces in Windows 10 (N. America)↩

  12. Lines counted from Windows 10 font list↩↩

  13. Lines counted from Windows 10 font list: Fonts included in Feature On Demand (FOD) packages↩↩

  14. Lists found at Apple’s Mac OS X 10.3: Fonts list↩

  15. Lists found at Apple’s Mac OS X 10.4: Fonts list↩

  16. Lists found at Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5: Fonts list↩

  17. List found at Microsoft’s Fonts supplied with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard↩

  18. List found at Apple’s Mac OS X v10.6: Fonts list↩

  19. List found at Apple’s OS X Lion: Fonts list↩

  20. List found at Apple’s OS X: Fonts included with Mountain Lion↩

  21. List found at Apple’s OS X: Fonts included with Mavericks↩

  22. List found at Wikipedia’s List of typefaces included with macOS: New fonts added with OS X 10.10 Yosemite↩

  23. List found at Wikipedia’s List of typefaces included with macOS: New fonts added with OS X 10.11 El Capitan↩

  24. Lists found at Apple’s Fonts included with macOS Sierra↩

  25. Lists found at Wikipedia’s List of typefaces included with macOS: New fonts added with macOS 10.12 Sierra↩

  26. Lists found at Apple’s Fonts included with macOS High Sierra↩

  27. Lists found at Apple’s Fonts included with macOS Mojave & System Fonts. ↩

  28. Result of fc-list command. ↩↩

  29. List from John Gruber’s iPhone Fonts. ↩

  30. List from iOS Font List, availability set to 2.0. ↩

  31. List from iOS Font List, availability set to 3.0. ↩

  32. List from iOS Font List, availability set to 4.0. ↩

  33. Lists from Apple’s iOS 5: Font list. ↩

  34. List from iOS Font List, availability set to 5.0. ↩

  35. Lists from Apple’s iOS 6: Font list. ↩

  36. Lists from Apple’s iOS 7: Font list. ↩

  37. List from jeradesign’s “List of fonts and font families added in iOS 7” ↩

  38. List from iOS Font List, availability set to 8.0. ↩

  39. List from Nick Cheng’s iOS 8 font list. ↩

  40. List from Nick Cheng’s iOS 9 font list. ↩

  41. List from Nick Cheng’s iOS 10 font list. ↩

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page shows you how to set font for emacs.

Change font size

Alt+xtext-scale-adjust, then press+ to increase, - to decrease. You canpress them repeatedly. Press0 to set it back to defaultsize. Press any key to exit.

Change System Font Size Mac

Or, Alt+xtext-scale-increase.

You can make mouse wheel with Ctrl key to increase/descrease font size. See: Emacs: Mouse Config.

To set font size globally in init file, just put the point size in the font name:

[see Elisp: Determine OS, Emacs Version, Machine Host Name]

Find the current font used

Alt+xdescribe-char, then look at the line in “display:”. It shows the font used for the character under cursor.

Change Font Interactively

Chose the menu 〖Options ▸ Set Default Font…〗, then 〖Options ▸ Save Options〗.

Or,Alt+xeval-regionone of the following code:

Set default font

Use set-frame-font to set font and size for curent window. Like this:

You can add a font size:


List available fonts

Select the elisp code, then Alt+xeval-region. [see Evaluate Emacs Lisp Code]

You can see the result in “*Messages*” buffer. view-echo-area-messagesCtrl+he】.

To list fonts in Linux, in terminal, type fc-list.

For linux, see Standard Fonts on Linuxes

Check if a font exist

[see Emacs: Evaluate Elisp Code]

Set Font for Emoji

[see Unicode Emoji 😄 😱 😸 👸 👽 🙋]

[see Download Free Unicode Fonts]

Set Font for Chinese

Note: if you don't set this, and if a buffer has Chinese character, then emacs operation such as moving cursor will be noticeably slow, like 1/3 of a second when you press arrow key. This is so at least on Microsoft Windows 10, 2020-05-28.See also: Chinese Font

How to Display Emoji on MacOS


FSF GNU emacs disabled displaying color emoji on Mac, so that Mac won't work better than linux.SeeGNU Emacs Removes Color Emoji Support on the Mac


download font “symbola” atDownload Free Unicode Fonts

Put this in your emacs init file:

How to install font

  • Microsoft Windows: double click on the font.
  • MacOS: double click on the font.

Restart emacs. Emacs should see it.


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