Using a custom font in your Android app

This is a repost of an answer I wrote on Stack Overflow.

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Beginning with Android 8.0 (API 26), there is native support for setting the fonts in XML. However, using the support library extends this down to Android 4.1 (API 16).

1. Add a font to your project

  • Right click the res folder and go to New > Android Resource Directory. Type font as the name and font as the Resource type.
  • Copy and paste your font into the new res/font directory. I'm just using a single font in my example, the regular dancing script font. I renamed it to dancing_script.ttf just to avoid any potential naming problems with upper case or illegal characters.

2. Create a font-family XML file.

  • Right click the res/font folder and choose New > Font Resource File. Call it whatever you want. I'm calling mine my_custom_font.xml.
  • Paste in the following code. Note that the attributes are set twice, once for android (API 26+) and once for app (API 16+).
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<font-family xmlns:android=""

3. Set the font in XML

Now you can just use the fontFamily attribute to set the font in XML.

android:text="Hello World!"
android:fontFamily="@font/my_custom_font" />


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