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International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) fonts

The following is a comprehensive list of modern open-source fonts that support IPA symbols.

IPA fonts with the best coverage are Charis, Gentium Plus, Doulus, and Andika, which were designed specifically for linguists by SIL International; as well as Google's Noto Sans and Noto Serif, who have the goal of covering as many Unicode symbols as they can in a neat, modern style (noting that no font in existence covers all 136,690 Unicode characters).

The other fonts on this list will cover all the IPA symbols and diacritics, however some have a few limitations to be aware of: some render some of the less common diacritics in slightly skewed positions, especially when attaching to symbols of differing heights; some may not render advanced tone contours (the ones that dyamically change in shape as you combine them); and some do not support ⱱ (which was a later addition to the IPA) or ᶑ (which is not officially recognised by the International Phonetic Association due to linguists not agreeing it exists). In any case, all these symbols are pretty rare.

Various Microsoft fonts also support IPA symbols extensively, but most are fairly dated, or too well-known to be interesting (with the exception of perhaps Cambria, which I quite like). These include Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Consolas (monospaced), Courier New (monospaced), Lucida Sans Unicode, Segoe UI, Tahoma and Times New Roman.

The fonts in no particular order:

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Name: Noto Sans
Released: 2013
Developer: Google

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Name: Noto Serif
Released: 2013
Developer: Google

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Name: Charis SIL
Released: 2006
Developer: SIL International

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Name: Andika
Released: 2008
Developer: SIL International

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Name: Gentium Plus
Released: 2001
Developer: SIL International

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Name: Doulos
Released: 2006
Developer: SIL International

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Name: DejaVu Sans
Released: 2004
Developer: Bitstream Vera

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Name: DejaVu Serif
Released: 2004
Developer: Bitstream Vera
Coverage: No contour tones

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Name: Linux Libertine
Released: 2012
Developer: Libertine Open Fonts Project

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Name: Linux Biolinum
Released: 2012
Developer: Libertine Open Fonts Project

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Name: Fira Sans
Released: 2013
Developer: Mozilla Foundation

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Name: Lato
Released: 2010
Developer: tyPoland

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Name: Tinos
Released: 2013
Developer: Steve Matteson

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Name: Arimo
Released: 2013
Developer: Steve Matteson

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Name: Voces
Released: 2010
Developer: Ana Paula Megda and Pablo Ugerman

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Name: Judson
Released: 2012
Developer: Daniel Johnson

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Name: Cardo
Released: 2010
Developer: David Perry

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Name: Istok Web
Released: 2008
Developer: Andrey V. Panov

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Name: Brill
Released: 2014
Developer: Brill

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Name: EB Garamond
Released: 2011
Developer: Georg Duffner

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Name: Source Sans Pro
Released: 2011
Developer: Paul D. Hunt

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Name: Cousine
Released: 2011
Developer: Steve Matteson

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Name: Quivira
Released: Unknown
Developer: Alexander Lange

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Name: LeedsUni
Released: 2009
Developer: Alec McAllister

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Name: Dialekt Uni
Released: 2002
Developer: Lars Törnqvist

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Name: Hindsight Unicode
Released: 2000
Developer: Starving-4 Entertainment

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Name: STIX
Released: 2008
Developer: STIX Pub

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Name: Thryomanes
Released: 1998
Developer: Herman Miller

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Name: RomanCyrillic Std
Released: 2006
Developer: Sebastian Kempgen

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Name: Junicode
Released: 2001
Developer: Peter S. Blake

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Name: Arev Sans
Released: 2014
Developer: Bitstream Vera Sans


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