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All About File Formats


All Colophon fonts are available in four different file formats: 

.OTF (Open Type Format)

.TTF (True Type Format)

.WOFF (Web Open Font Format)

.WOFF2 (Web Open Font Format 2)

Files will be delivered in different formats depending on the use case and determined by the licensing purchased.

Desktop, App and Broadcast Licenses 

For Desktop, App and Broadcast licenses, files are provided in .OTF format, which is designed for use across multiple platforms. For more information on desktop files, read our guide to installing desktop files.

Web Licenses

.WOFF and .WOFF2 files are compressed versions of the original .TTF file, with the reduced file size allowing for faster load times. Web fonts are provided in .WOFF, .WOFF2, and .TTF formats, although all major browsers will support .WOFF2 files.

Web file formats should only be used to host live web text rather than being installed locally. For more information and how to use, read our guide to installing web fonts.

Variable Font Files

Variable and custom static instance fonts are delivered as .TTF files and can be used in both desktop and web applications. There are some limitations to which desktop applications will support variable technology. For more information, read our introduction to variable font guide.