Android Getting system font names and using the fonts


The following examples show how to retrieve the default names of the system fonts that are store in the /system/fonts/ directory and how to use a system font to set the typeface of a TextView element.

Getting system font names

ArrayList<String> fontNames = new ArrayList<String>();
File temp = new File("/system/fonts/");
String fontSuffix = ".ttf";

for(File font : temp.listFiles()) {
    String fontName = font.getName();
    if(fontName.endsWith(fontSuffix)) {

Applying a system font to a TextView

In the following code you need to replace fontsname by the name of the font you would like to use:

TextView lblexample = (TextView) findViewById(;
lblexample.setTypeface(Typeface.createFromFile("/system/fonts/" + "fontsname" + ".ttf"));