which one is the main FONTS folder ?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by aliatm, May 19, 2006.

  1. aliatm macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2006

    Some how I replaced some of my fonts, and right now, when I'm using my Safari browser, I got some weird fonts on screen, but it looks fine in Firefox.

    I don't know what happened? I wanted to replace the fonts from my other Mac, but I can not find the main fonts folder.

    Could you help me.:(

  2. 20rogersc macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2005
    Brighton, UK


    EDIT: Soz can't check at the moment!
  3. tag macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2005
    PA, US
    Your system wide fonts (accessible by all users on the machine) is located in
    Your user fonts (accessible only by said user who's said home directory it is in) is located in
    Though unless you installed the fonts manually yourself into the user font folder, then they will most likely be located in the system wide font folder.
  4. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    There's also /System/Library/Fonts.

    Fonts are divided up into different folders so that Mac OS X can keep its own collection of fonts (/System/Library/Fonts), you can install additional fonts for all users (/Library/Fonts), and any user can have personal fonts as well (/Users/username/Library/Fonts)
  5. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Here is Apple's own list of which fonts that should be present at the many different font locations (under Tiger): Mac OS X 10.4: Fonts list
  6. Vudo2 macrumors newbie


    Feb 7, 2017
    I know this is an older thread but I have an important question regarding font folder location on the MAC.

    I noticed that in every single resource I looked up online everyone keeps referring to the base/default locations for fonts in OS X including the USER fonts folder. Here is what I did to install my fonts in Font Book:

    - Created a Library in Font Book named MyFonts
    - Dragged my purchased font Files from my FONT folder located in User/Documents/MAC/FONTS (not one of the default font locations already setup on the MAC) and placed them in the Font Book Library I created above

    I am running El Capitan v10.11.6 and I just spent the past 8+hrs manually doing this while also creating the required Collections I need for keeping all the fonts organized in Font Book..will this in any way affect speed or usage of the fonts moving forward instead of using the default USER library and placing/dragging all the fonts there to be duplicated in the User/Fonts folder? My objective in doing this was so I didn't duplicate all my fonts #1 and secondly so i could simply manage old & new purchased fonts by maintaining my own Fonts folder in "Documents".
  7. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles

    I see nothing wrong with your system, and I wouldn't think there could be any performance issue, as long as the results give you the fonts you want. For example, if you open TextEdit and select Format -> Fonts -> Show Fonts, do you see all of the fonts you expect in the "All Fonts" list?

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