Google Web Fonts not displaying in Chrome OSX Lion

February 16, 2012 in ,

Average Rating: 5 from 2 ratings

Since installing a new font onto Mac OSX Lion a week ago, most non web-safe fonts, embedded using font-face or Javascript did not display in Google Chrome 17.  They did, however, display correctly in Firefox.

Left: Firefox 10 displaying Google Web Font correctly. Right: Chrome 17 not displaying the Google Web Font, despite using the same HTML and CSS.

Thanks to this post, I was able to find the solution:

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Type in atsutil databases -removeUser
  3. Type in atsutil server -shutdown
  4. Type in atsutil server -ping

Terminal Commands on OSX for font rendering fix


Chrome OSX Lion Google Web Font - now displaying correctly!


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  • Jack

    Thanks so much, I’ve been having problems with fonts not displaying and this fixed it.

    Average Rating: 5
  • Daniel

    Scared me a bit after doing this:
    A number of fonts from the Helvetica Neue Family were not loading after running these Terminal Commands, but I just quit FontExplorerX and inDesign. After relaunching, all was good and right.

  • Basti

    Thank you!!

    Average Rating: 5
  • Royce Osborn

    Thank you so much! I’ve been fighting with this forever :-)