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Common fonts on Windows, Mac, and linux/Unix operating systems

October 10, 2009

Listed below are the fonts most commonly found on Windows, Mac, and linux/Unix operating systems, as of September 2009. If it is found on 90% or more of systems, it's on the list.

Unfortunately, there is no single font that is found on more than 90% of all these operating systems.

Web developers, beware.
 

Font Microsoft Mac linux/Unix
Microsoft Sans Serif 99.7%    
Helvetica   99.2%  
Verdana 99.1% 95.6% 59.7%
Tahoma 99.0% 74.9%  
Arial 98.7% 96.4% 65.9%
Courier New 98.7% 90.9% 64.6%
Comic Sans MS 98.6% 90.9% 56.7%
Trebuchet MS 98.6% 93.7% 57.4%
Arial Black 98.4% 93.9% 59.3%
Monaco Mac   98.3%  
Lucida Console 98.3%    
Impact 98.1% 90.1%  
Palatino Linotype 97.9%    
Courier   97.8% 90.0%
Georgia 97.8% 94.2% 57.7%
Franklin Gothic Medium 97.8%    
Lucida Sans Unicode 97.5%   74.0%
Times New Roman 97.5%   61.0%
Lucida Grande   97.0%  
Geneva   96.7%  
URW Chancery L     96.4%
URW Gothic L     96.1%
Sylfaen 95.4%    
Century Schoolbook L     95.1%
Nimbus Mono L     94.8%
URW Bookman L     94.1%
Helvetica Neue   94.0%  
Times   93.9%  
URW Palladio L     93.1%
DejaVu Sans Mono     92.7%
Gill Sans   92.0%  
Nimbus Sans L     91.4%
Bitstream Charter     90.4%

Next, we preview all of these fonts, by operating system, and use them to create a versatile collection of CSS font stacks for use on the Web.

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