The font-family attribute indicates which font family will be used to render the text, specified as a prioritized list of font family names and/or generic family names.

Note: As a presentation attribute, font-family can be used as a CSS property. See the css font-family property for more information.

As a presentation attribute, it can be applied to any element but it has effect only on the following eight elements: <altGlyph>, <text>, <textPath>, <tref>, and <tspan>

<svg viewBox="0 0 200 30" xmlns="">
  <text y="20" font-family="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Sans serif</text>
  <text x="100" y="20" font-family="monospace">Monospace</text>

Usage notes

Value [ <family-name> | <generic-family> ]#

<family-name> = <string> | <custom-ident>+
<generic-family> = serif | sans-serif | cursive | fantasy | monospace

Default value Depends on user agent
Animatable Yes

For a description of the values, please refer to the CSS font-family property.


Specification Status Comment
CSS Fonts Module Level 4
The definition of 'generic font families' in that specification.
Working Draft Adds new generic font families, specifically: system-ui, emoji, math, and fangsong.
CSS Fonts Module Level 3
The definition of 'font-family' in that specification.
Recommendation No significant change
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of 'font-family' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

See also