"An artificial intelligence written entirely in JavaScript that recognises the font of a text in a image using the Tesseract optical character recognition engine and some image processing libraries."

Programming language: JavaScript
License: MIT License
Tags: QA Tools     Detection     Font     Ai    
Latest version: v0.1

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Typefont is an experimental library that detects the font of a text in a image.


Import the main function and invoke it like in the following script.

import { Typefont } from "./src/index.js";

Typefont("image.png").then((result) => console.log(result));


import { Typefont } from "./src/index.js";

async function getFontFromImage (source) {
    const fonts = await Typefont(source);

    return fonts[0]; // Return the most similar font.

The first argument of the function can be the path or the base64 of the image. The function returns a Promise that when is resolved returns an array containing each font ordered in descending order (considering the similarity percentage).


Text on the cover of a book (the language is different because I live in Italy).

Text on the cover of another book.

Version 2

I'm working on a new version which gets the fonts directly from .ttf files and the Google Fonts database. The comparison is made using the Hausdorff Distance and the Shape Context. If you are interested in a collaboration contact me ([email protected]). It's difficult to progress since I work and I have many other projects.


You can pass an object with options to the function as second argument.

Option Type Description Default
progress Function A function that is called every time the comparison with a font is completed. undefined
minSymbolConfidence Number The minimum confidence that a symbol must have to be accepted in the comparison queue (the confidence value is assigned by the OCR engine). 15
analyticComparisonThreshold Number The threshold of the analytic comparison. 0.5
analyticComparisonScaleToSameSize Boolean Scale the symbols to the same size before the analytic comparison? false
analyticComparisonSize Number Used as dimension when resizing the images to the same size during the analytic comparison. 128
perceptualComparisonSize Number Used as dimension when resizing the images to the same size during the perceptual comparison. 64
fontsDirectory String The URL of the directory containing the fonts. storage/fonts/
fontsData String The name of the file containing the JSON data of a font. data.json
fontsIndex String The URL of the fonts index JSON file. storage/index.json
fontRequestTimeout Number Font request timeout [ms]. 2000
textRecognitionTimeout Number Text recognition timeout [s]. 60
textRecognitionBinarization Boolean Binarize the image before the recognition? true


Example with options.

Typefont("restaurant-logo.jpg", {
    minSymbolConfidence: 50,
    analyticComparisonScaleToSameSize: true,
    analyticComparisonSize: 256
}).then(res => console.log(res));


  • [ ] Store and load fonts directly from .ttf files.
  • [ ] Implement the Shape Context algorithm to improve comparison results.
  • [ ] Implement the Hausdorff distance algorithm to improve the comparison results.
  • [ ] Import the Google Fonts database.

How it works?

Short summary: the input image is passed to the optical character recognition after some filters based on its brightness. The symbols (letters) are extracted from the input image and compared with the symbols of the fonts in the database using a perceptual comparison and a pixel based comparison in order to obtain a percentage of similarity.

How to add a font

The fonts stored in this database are just a JSON structure with letters as keys and the base64 of the image of the letter of the font as value. If you want to add a new font you must follow this structure.

    "meta": {
        "name": "name",
        "author": "author",
        "uri": "uri",
        "license": "license",
        "key": "value",
    "alpha": {
        "a": "base64",
        "b": "base64",
        "c": "base64",

Then you have to include your font in the index of fonts by adding the font name to the array.


[MIT License](LICENSE).


Author: Vasile Pește ([email protected]).

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Typefont README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.