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Latest commit 667a9ff Apr 28, 2016 @neverpanic Merge pull request #7 from joelpurra/use-https
Use HTTPS when downloading fonts


This is a small shell script that allows you to download Google's web fonts to your local file system. Additionally, a CSS file that uses your local copy of the fonts is generated. You may want to use this if you want to avoid requesting resources from 3rd party servers (for example for privacy reasons or because you do not have a connection to the public internet).


To run this script, you will need:

  • Bash (>= 4.x)
  • curl
  • getopt, preferrably a version that preserves quoted whitespace and supports long options
  • tput
  • fmt
  • sed, in a version that has extended regex support using either -E (BSD) or -r (GNU)
  • awk
  • tr
  • grep


The script is released under the 2-clause BSD license. The SPDX identifier of this license is BSD-2-Clause. See the LICENSE file for the terms.



google-font-download [OPTION...] [FONT...]


-f FORMAT, --format=FORMAT
Download the specified set of webfont formats from Google's servers. FORMAT is a comma-separated list of identifiers for webfont formats. Supported identifiers are eot, woff, woff2, svg, and ttf. Additionally, the special value all expands to all supported formats. The default is all. Note that you may not really need all formats. In most cases, WOFF is enough. See for a current status.
-h, --help
Display this message and exit.
-l LANGSPEC, --languages=LANGSPEC
Download the specified subset of languages from Google's webfonts. LANGSPEC is a comma-separated list of idenfitiers for font subsets. Common identifiers are latin, latin-ext, cyrillic, cyrillic-ext, greek, greek-ext, etc. An undocumented language is all which means the full (non-subset) files are served. The default is latin.
-o OUTPUT, --output=OUTPUT
Write the generated CSS into OUTPUT. The file will be overwritten and will be created if it doesn't exist. The default is font.css.

Positional Arguments

This script accepts an arbitrary number of font specs. A font spec is any string that Google's servers will accept as famility URL parameter. Note that your font spec should not be URL-encoded and only one font weight is supported per font specification. If you want to download multiple font weights or styles, provide multiple font specs.

For example, to download Open Sans in

  • light (300),
  • normal (400),
  • normal italic (400italic),
  • bold (700), and
  • bold italic (700italic), run:
google-font-download \
    "Open Sans:300" "Open Sans:400" "Open Sans:400italic" \
    "Open Sans:700" "Open Sans:700italic"