How to host google web fonts on my own server?


There is a tool to help you download all font variants. It as well generates the corresponding CSS for implementation.


I need to use some google fonts on an intranet application. The clients may or may not have internet connection. Reading the license terms, it appears that its legally allowed.

In addition to k0pernicus I would like to suggest best-served-local. It's also a bash (v4) script to enable webserver operators to download and serve Google web fonts from their own webserver. But in addition to the other bash script, it lets the user fully automate (via cron and such) the serving of up-to-date font files and css-files.

There is a very simple script, written in plain Java, to download all fonts from a Google Web Font link (multiple fonts supported). It also downloads the CSS file and adapts it to local files. The user-agent can be adapted to get also other files than only WOFF2. See

The resulting files can easily be added to a build process (e.g. a webpack build like vue-webpack).

It is legally allowed as long as you stick to the terms of the font's license - usually the OFL.

You'll need a set of web font formats, and the Font Squirrel Webfont Generator can produce these.

But the OFL required the fonts be renamed if they are modified, and using the generator means modifying them.

I used grunt-local-googlefont in a grunt task.

module.exports = function(grunt) {

       pkg: grunt.file.readJSON('package.json'),

        "local-googlefont" : {
            "opensans" : {
                "options" : {
                    "family" : "Open Sans",
                    "sizes" : [
                    "userAgents" : [
                        "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0)",  //download eot
                        "Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 4.1.2; nl-nl; GT-I9300 Build/JZO54K) AppleWebKit/534.30 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/534.30", //download ttf
                        "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_9_2) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/35.0.1944.0 Safari/537.36" //download woff and woff2
                    "cssDestination" : "build/fonts/css",
                    "fontDestination" : "build/fonts",
                    "styleSheetExtension" : "css",
                    "fontDestinationCssPrefix" : "fonts"



Then, to retrieve them:

grunt local-googlefont:opensans

Note, I'm using a fork from the original, which works better when retrieving fonts with whitespaces in their names.