font-stretch property CSS Reference

Definition and Usage

The font-stretch CSS property selects a normal, condensed, or expanded face from a font.

This property does not change the geometry of an arbitrary font by stretching or shrinking it. Like font-feature-settings or font-variant, it is merely a mean to choose the most appropriate face of the font, if this one offers several of them.

Note: If the font provides several faces, the one fitting the best with the value of the font-stretch property is chosen. E.g. On Mac OS, in addition to the more common Bold, Regular, Italic, and BoldItalic faces, the "Helvetica Neue" font proposes a second set of faces with condensed, that is shrinked, characters: Condensed. Browsers supporting font-stretch will use the condensed faces for the value ultra-condensed to semi-condensed and the normal faces for the other (normal and all expanded values).

If the font has no condensed or expanded faces, like the default "Times New Roman" on Mac OS, font-stretch will not have any visible effect as the only suitable face will be used in all cases.:

  • Initial normal
  • Applies to all elements
  • Inherited yes
  • Media visual
  • Computed Value as specified
  • Animatable yes, as a font stretch
  • Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


Formal syntax: normal | ultra-condensed | extra-condensed | condensed | semi-condensed | semi-expanded | expanded | extra-expanded | ultra-expanded
font-stretch: ultra-condensed
font-stretch: extra-condensed
font-stretch: condensed
font-stretch: semi-condensed
font-stretch: normal
font-stretch: semi-expanded
font-stretch: expanded
font-stretch: extra-expanded
font-stretch: ultra-expanded
font-stretch: inherit


Specifies a normal font face.
semi-condensed, condensed, extra-condensed, ultra-condensed
Specifies a font face more condensed than normal, with ultra-condensed as the most condensed.
semi-expanded, expanded, extra-expanded, ultra-expanded
Specifies a font face more expanded than normal, with ultra-expanded as the most expanded.


Font stretch values are interpolated in discrete steps. The interpolation happens as though the ordered values are equally spaced real numbers; the result is rounded to the nearest value, with values exactly halfway between two values rounded towards the later value, that is the most expanded one.


h1 { font-stretch: extra-expanded }
p  { font-stretch: condensed }


Desktop browsers

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support Not supported 9.0 (9.0) 9.0 Not supported Not supported

Mobile browsers

Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support Not supported 9.0 (9.0) NA Not supported Not supported

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