3.2.0 (Nov 21, 2022)
Mar 11, 2017
Nov 20, 2022 (Retired)
Marcin Orlowski (MarcinOrlowski)
Marcin Orlowski (MarcinOrlowski)
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Fonty is simple Android library allowing you to easily change the typeface of your UI elements. Contrary to other libraries of that type, Fonty is designed with the assumption that if you want to change the font for your app, then you change it globally per whole application, to achieve consistency across your Fragments or Activities. If you want different fonts per each widget, then Fonty is most likely not what you need.

Using Fonty requires no change to your layout files and all you need to do is to initialize the library and specify what typeface you want to be used as normal, italic or boldfaced ones.

Download demo application APK from releases section. Source code in project's app/ module.


  • Does not require any changes to your layout XML files,
  • Fast and lightweight,
  • No extra dependencies,
  • Simple API,
  • Supports the following UI elements and all their subclasses:
    • TextInputLayout (see notes below!),
    • Navigation Drawer (including drawer's header view),
    • Toolbar
    • TextView (incl. Checkbox, EditText, CheckedTextView, Chronometer, DigitalClock, TextClock, ...),
    • Button (incl. Switch, RadioButton, CompoundButton, ...),
  • Can be used in libraries.


Edit your master file and add maven { url '' } to your current repositories block content (if you use other jitpack hosted libraries, then this step can be skipped):

allprojects {
  repositories {
    maven { url '' }

Next, edit your module's build.gradle and the following dependency:

implements 'com.github.MarcinOrlowski:fonty:<VERSION>'

For right value of <VERSION> consult release section or see jitpack page.


Put your TrueType (*.ttf) font files into module's assets/fonts folder (<MODULE>/src/main/assets/fonts folder, where <MODULE> usually equals to app).

Then add the following lines to your custom Application's class' onCreate() method (if you do not use own Application subclass, see demo app for how to make one and how it should be referenced form your AndroidManifest.xml file):


The above sets up Xenotron.ttf to be used whenever NORMAL font should be rendered and XPED.ttf to be used if your UI elements sets android:textStyle="bold" attribute and Carramba.ttf for android:textStyle="italic".

If you prefer to have font files stored elsewhere than in assets' fonts/ subfolder use fontDir() in your builder chain:


and put your font files into <MODULE>/src/main/assets/my-fonts folder.

Font substitution

This sets up font substitution but we yet need to apply fonts to widgets.

For Activity add this as last entry in your onCreate():


Same for Fragments, add the following to your onCreateView():


where view is the View is what you just inflated.

Using it with RecyclerView is also pretty simple. Edit your onCreateViewHolder() and add:


where view stands for first argument passed to your onCreateViewHolder() method.

If you are using Android Data Binding library, then you just need to call:


Layout files

Once Fonty is properly initialized and applied, all supported widgets will automatically be convinced to use fonts of your choice. Font specified with setRegularFont() is used as default, if widget sets android:textStyle="bold" then font set with boldTypeface() is applied and if android:textStyle="italic" is used then italicTypeface() applies.

        android:text="This will use normal typeface"
        ... />

        android:text="This will use boldfaced typeface"
        ... />


Unfortunately changing Toolbar/ActionBar title and subtitle fonts cannot be handled automatically by Fonty in some cases. This is due to Toolbar's internals as it simply have not instance of TextView created unless title or subtitle is set (even to empty string), so there's nothing Fonty can manipulate in advance.

The simplest solution is to set toolbar title (and/or subtitle) in onCreate() causing EditText creation prior calling Fonty.setFonts():

 protected void onCreate(Bundle state) {

     Toolbar toolbar = (Toolbar)findViewById(;




Alternatively, you can edit/create base activity class for your app with the following code:

 private Toolbar mActivityActionBarToolbar;

 public void setSupportActionBar(@Nullable Toolbar toolbar) {
    mActivityActionBarToolbar = toolbar;

 public void setTitle(CharSequence title) {
    final var ab = getSupportActionBar();
    if (ab != null) {

 public void setSubtitle(CharSequence subtitle) {
    final var ab = getSupportActionBar();
    if (ab != null) {


If you use TextInputLayout and its error message feature (text shown below the EditText widget), and you want error text typeface to be changed by Fonty as well, then you must either set app:errorEnabled="true" in the XML layout or call setErrorEnabled(true) on the object prior calling Fonty.setFonts(). This is because of how TextInputLayout works internally.

NOTE: Typeface used for hints and error messages will be derrived from one set for EditText.


Due to limitations of the Android API, once fonts are replaced by Fonty, former style information (like bold, normal) is lost, so all calls to i.e. isBold() or isItalic() will always return false. However because this information is gone, and Fonty relies on it, calling Fonty.setFonts() twice on the same layout elements will end up with wrong results (mostly all widgets will be using normal typeface). At the moment there's no workaround for this except for not calling setFonts() more than once. Hopefully IRL scenarios this should not affect many.


Please report any issue spotted using GitHub's project tracker.

If you'd like to contribute to the this project, please open new ticket before doing any work. This will help us save your time in case I'd not be able to accept such changes. But if all is good and clear then follow common routine:

  • fork the project
  • create new branch
  • do your changes
  • send pull request


  • Written and copyrighted ©2013-2022 by Marcin Orlowski
  • Fonty is open-sourced library licensed under the Apache 2.0 license