Grunt plugin for composing SVGs into multiple fonts, a character mapping, and CSS variables

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import gruntFontsmith from '';


grunt-fontsmith Build status


We are choosing to deprecate grunt-fontsmith and its family of libraries. They rely on a deprecated API, were never fully developed (e.g. missing SASS templates, multiple engines), and out of date (e.g. uses grunt@0.3).

While we would love to keep everything running, we have to choose to prioritize other projects over this one. We suggest using grunt-webfont as an alternative:

If you are interested in forking, feel free to (and maybe open an issue to let me know so we can link to it).

If you have a minor request (e.g. cannot figure out how to use existing tool), feel free to open an issue describing your problem.

Grunt plugin for composing SVGs into multiple fonts, a character mapping, and CSS variables.

The use case for this was to have a synchronized and automatically generated variable set between HTML character entities (e.g. &#e002;), CSS variables (e.g. `content: '\e002';), and fonts.

Getting Started

Install this grunt plugin via npm install grunt-fontsmith and add it to your gruntfile:

// Inside of grunt.js/Gruntfile.js


Currently, there is only the icomoon-phantomjs engine.


This requires installing phantomjs and having it accessible from your path (i.e. phantomjs --version will work).


  font: {
    all: {
      // SVG files to read in
      src: ['public/images/icons/*.svg'],

      // Location to output CSS variables
      destCss: 'public/css/icons.styl',

      // Location to output fonts (expanded via brace expansion)
      destFonts: 'public/fonts/icons.{svg,woff,eot,ttf}',

      // Multiple CSS outputs supported (generated .styl and .json files)
      destCss: 'actual_files/font.{styl,json}',

      // Alternative formats (1)
      destFonts: [

      // Alternative formats (2)
      destFonts: {
        // Override specific engines
        json: 'actual_files/font.less',
        styl: 'actual_files/font.json'
      destFonts: {
        // Override specific engines
        'dev-svg': 'actual_files/font.svg',
        woff: 'actual_files/font.waffles',
        eot: 'actual_files/'

      // OPTIONAL: Specify CSS format (inferred from destCss' extension by default)
          // (stylus, less, scss, json)
      cssFormat: 'json',

      // Optional: Custom routing of font filepaths for CSS
      cssRouter: function (fontpath) {
        return 'mysubfolder/' + fontpath;

      // Optional: Custom naming of font families for multi-task support
      fontFamily: 'my-icon-font',

      // OPTIONAL: Specify CSS options
      cssOptions: {}


Test files

Building Block designed by Michael Rowe from The Noun Project

Eye designed by Dmitry Baranovskiy from The Noun Project

Moon designed by P.J. Onori from The Noun Project


In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint using grunt and test via npm test.


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Copyright (c) 2013 Todd Wolfson

Licensed under the MIT license.