Eleventy — Dynamically Inlining Google Fonts

Update : I have learned since writing this post that this is a bad idea, since Google Fonts will serve different CSS based on the browser. If you want fast loading, vendor your fonts and use <link rel=preload>.

All in the name of Lighthouse scores.

When you add Google Fonts to your website by copying the link from the fonts.google.com website, you create a request chain. That is, after loading the HTML of your page, the browser then needs to request a bit of CSS from Google, and only then can it start loading the fonts themselves. A simple solution to this is to copy the CSS returned by Google and paste it into a <style> element in your page. However, I like to change fonts quite frequently, and I’d like to automate this process. This is easy with Eleventy.

A JavaScript data file

We simply fetch the CSS at build time.

// _data/googleFontsStylesheet.js

const fetch = require('node-fetch')

const url = 'the URL in the Google Fonts stylesheet link href'

module.exports = fetch(url).then(res => res.text())

And include it in our base layout.

<style type="text/css">{{googleFontsStylesheet|safe}}</style>

Enjoy your improved Lighthouse scores!