The src CSS descriptor of the @font-face rule specifies the resource containing font data. It is required for the @font-face rule to be valid.


/* <url> values */
src: url(; /* Absolute URL */
src: url(path/to/font.woff);                         /* Relative URL */
src: url(path/to/font.woff) format("woff");          /* Explicit format */
src: url('path/to/font.woff');                       /* Quoted URL */
src: url(path/to/svgfont.svg#example);               /* Fragment identifying font */

/* <font-face-name> values */
src: local(font);      /* Unquoted name */
src: local(some font); /* Name containing space */
src: local("font");    /* Quoted name */

/* Multiple items */
src: local(font), url(path/to/font.svg) format("svg"),
     url(path/to/font.woff) format("woff"),
     url(path/to/font.otf) format("opentype");


<url> [ format( <string># ) ]?
Specifies an external reference consisting of a <url>, followed by an optional hint using the format() function to describe the format of the font resource referenced by that URL. The format hint contains a comma-separated list of format strings that denote well-known font formats. If a user agent doesn't support the specified formats, it skips downloading the font resource. If no format hints are supplied, the font resource is always downloaded.
Specifies the name of a locally-installed font face using the local() function, which uniquely identifies a single font face within a larger family. The name can optionally be enclosed in quotes.


The value of this descriptor is a prioritized, comma-separated list of external references or locally-installed font face names. When a font is needed the user agent iterates over the set of references listed using the first one it can successfully activate. Fonts containing invalid data or local font faces that are not found are ignored and the user agent loads the next font in the list.

As with other URLs in CSS, the URL may be relative, in which case it is resolved relative to the location of the style sheet containing the @font-face rule. In the case of SVG fonts, the URL points to an element within a document containing SVG font definitions. If the element reference is omitted, a reference to the first defined font is implied. Similarly, font container formats that can contain more than one font load only one of the fonts for a given @font-face rule. Fragment identifiers are used to indicate which font to load. If a container format lacks a defined fragment identifier scheme, a simple 1-based indexing scheme (e.g., "font-collection#1" for the first font, "font-collection#2" for the second font, etc.) is used.

Formal definition

Related at-rule@font-face
Initial valuen/a (required)
Computed valueas specified

Formal syntax

[ <url> [ format( <string># ) ]? | local( <family-name> ) ]#

<family-name> = <string> | <custom-ident>+


Specifying font resources using url() and local()

@font-face {
  font-family: examplefont;
  src: local(Example Font),
       url('examplefont.woff') format("woff"),
       url('examplefont.otf') format("opentype");


Specification Status Comment
CSS Fonts Module Level 3
The definition of 'src' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
srcChrome Full support 4Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 3.5IE Full support 6Opera Full support 10Safari Full support 3.1WebView Android Full support 2.2Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 10.1Safari iOS Full support 3.1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0
Support for format keywordsChrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox No support NoIE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari Full support 4WebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoFirefox Android No support NoOpera Android No support NoSafari iOS Full support 5Samsung Internet Android No support No


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