Custom Font

Adding custom fonts to your application or website is a typical requirement for projects. Panda recommends using custom fonts through CSS variables for consistency.



Next.js provides a built-in automatic self-hosting for any font file by using the next/font module. It allows you to conveniently use all Google Fonts and any local font with performance and privacy in mind.

Here's an example of how to load a local "Mona Sans" font and a Google Font "Fira Code" in your Next.js project.

import { Fira_Code } from 'next/font/google'
import localFont from 'next/font/local'
export const MonaSans = localFont({
  src: '../fonts/Mona-Sans.woff2',
  display: 'swap',
  variable: '--font-mona-sans'
export const FiraCode = Fira_Code({
  weight: ['400', '500', '700'],
  display: 'swap',
  subsets: ['latin'],
  variable: '--font-fira-code'

Next, you need to add the font variables to your HTML document. You can do this using either the App Router or the Pages Router.

App Router

import { FiraCode, MonaSans } from '../styles/font'
export default function Layout(props) {
  const { children } = props
  return (
    <html className={`${MonaSans.variable} ${FiraCode.variable}`}>

Note 🚨: By default, Next.js attaches the className for the fonts to the <body> element, for panda to appropriately load fonts, update the code to attach the className to the <html> element.

Pages Router

import { FiraCode, MonaSans } from '../styles/font'
export default function App({ Component, pageProps }) {
  return (
      <style jsx global>
          :root {
            --font-mona-sans: ${};
            --font-fira-code: ${};
      <Component {...pageProps} />


Fontsource (opens in a new tab) streamlines the process of integrating fonts into your web application.

To begin, install your desired font package:

pnpm add @fontsource-variable/fira-code

Next, import the font into your project:

import '@fontsource/fira-code'

Lastly, import the CSS styles for the specific weight and subset you intend to use:

import '@fontsource-variable/fira-code'
:root {
  --font-fira-code: 'Fira Code Variable', monospace;

Vanilla CSS

You can leverage the native font-face CSS property to load custom fonts in your project.

@font-face {
  font-family: 'Mona Sans';
  src: url('../fonts/Mona-Sans.woff2') format('woff2');
  font-weight: 400;
  font-style: normal;
  font-display: swap;

Then alias the font names to css variables.

:root {
  --font-mona-sans: 'Mona Sans', sans-serif;

Update Panda Config

export default defineConfig({
  theme: {
    extend: {
      tokens: {
        fonts: {
          fira: { value: 'var(--font-fira-code), Menlo, monospace' },
          mona: { value: 'var(--font-mona-sans), sans-serif' }

Use the custom fonts

import { css } from '../styled-system/css'
function Page() {
  return (
      <h1 className={css({ fontFamily: 'fira' })}>Mona Sans</h1>
      <code className={css({ fontFamily: 'mona' })}>Fira Code</code>