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International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) fonts

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

Some of these fonts do not cover 110% of all possible IPA symbols and diacritics. 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).

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 other open-source fonts on this list should cover more than what you practically need in 99% of cases. Things to watch out for: Some don’t render all the diacritics well, especially when attaching diacritics to symbols of differing sizes; some may not render advanced tone contours (the ones that combine these symbols ˥ ˦ ˧ ˨ ˩); and some do not support ⱱ (which was a later addition to the IPA) or ᶑ (which is not even recognised by the International Phonetic Association due to linguists not agreeing it exists).

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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
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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: Georg Duffner

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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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