Android - Using Custom Font


I applied a custom font to a TextView, but it doesn't seems to change the typeface.

Here is my code:

    Typeface myTypeface = Typeface.createFromAsset(getAssets(), "fonts/myFont.ttf");
    TextView myTextView = (TextView)findViewById(;

Can anyone please get me out of this issue?

9/18/2015 10:05:01 PM

Accepted Answer

On Mobiletuts+ there is very good tutorial on Text formatting for Android. Quick Tip: Customize Android Fonts

EDIT: Tested it myself now. Here is the solution. You can use a subfolder called fonts but it must go in the assets folder not the res folder. So


Also make sure that the font ending I mean the ending of the font file itself is all lower case. In other words it should not be myFont.TTF but myfont.ttf this way must be in lower case

3/14/2017 5:44:04 PM

After trying most of the solutions described in this thread, I accidentally found Calligraphy ( - a library by Christopher Jenkins that lets you easily add custom fonts to your app. The advantages of his lib comparing to approaches suggested here are:

  1. you don't have to introduce your own overriden TextView component, you use the built-in TextView
  2. you can easily include the library using gradle
  3. The library doesn't limit your choice of fonts; you just add your preferred ones to the assets dir
  4. you not only get custom text views — all the other text-based Android compontents will also be displayed using your custom font.

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