How to Add Custom Fonts to Your Xcode Project

The default fonts available in Xcode are good, but sometimes you need a specific font to make your iOS app stand out or adhere to a brand’s guidelines. Adding custom fonts to your Xcode project might seem daunting at first, but it’s actually quite straightforward.

In this blog post, I will walk you through the process of adding a custom font to your Xcode project.

Steps to Add Custom Fonts

Download the Font File

First, download the custom font you want to use. Make sure it’s in a supported format like .ttf or .otf. For example, I am using regular Roboto font from the Google Fonts website.

Add Font to Xcode

  • Open your Xcode project.
  • Drag and drop the font file into your project’s navigator. Make sure to check the “Copy items if needed” option and the target option.
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Update Info.plist

  • Open your Info.plist file.
  • Add a new key called Fonts provided by application.
  • Under this key, add an item for each font you’ve added, specifying the full file name along with its extension.
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Use the Font in SwiftUI

To use the custom font in SwiftUI, you can use the .font() modifier like so:

Text("Hello, Custom Font!")
    .font(.custom("Roboto-Regular", size: 20))
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  • Font Not Showing: Make sure the font file is included in the “Copy Bundle Resources” under your project settings.
  • Incorrect Font Name: The name you use in code might be different from the file name.

Why Use Custom Fonts?

  • Branding: Custom fonts can help maintain brand consistency across different platforms.
  • Aesthetics: A unique font can make your app more visually appealing.
  • Readability: Sometimes, the default fonts are not the best for readability, and a custom font can improve the user experience.

Adding custom fonts to your Xcode project is a simple process that can make a big difference in how your app is perceived. By following these steps, you can easily include and use custom fonts in SwiftUI.

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