Where can I find a list of system fonts for current and recent OS’s?

I’m considering using a system font stack for a project so that I can display beautiful typography without the performance hit of webfonts. I’m having difficulties finding a conclusive list of fonts for current and recent operating systems.

Does anyone know of any resources they could point me to?



Most unfortunately you’ll have serious trouble finding anything conclusive!

http://www.cssfontstack.com/ is a great resource that shows fonts at a glance along with the support on OS and Mac (not every platform of course, but that truly would be a labour of love).

Unfortunately, truly “web-safe” fonts are probably a myth, but Mailchimp probably have the resources to draw up a decent list and they suggest:

  • Arial
  • Arial Black
  • Tahoma
  • Trebuchet MS
  • Verdana

(Contain your excitement)


  • Century Gothic
  • Geneva
  • Lucida
  • Lucida Sans
  • Lucida Grande

…as backups. For serifs:

  • Courier
  • Courier New
  • Georgia
  • Times
  • Times New Roman


  • MS Serif
  • New York
  • Palatino
  • Palatino Linotype

…faced with that list of inspirational typefaces I’d frankly start thinking hard about the performance hit (on modern connections) of a less tedious typeface!

The plus side is that you’ve reminded me to code some truly outrageous font stacks purely for fun with other designers! I might try:

body {font-family: ‘http://www.dafont.com/action-jackson.font‘, arial) haha

Source : Link , Question Author : Kurtis Beavers , Answer Author : mayersdesign

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