In my search to load up some google fonts in Meteor, I found nothing in the official Meteor documentation about best practices, so search around community forums to figure out the best way to do to it right.

What I found was wrong information, bad information, and janky information. None of it terribly useful for my end solution, so I ended up going with the usual course when uncertainty strikes; trust google.

In this case, it was easy as they co-developed the webfontloader npm package and provided some clean documentation on how to use it.

Posted solutions didn’t quite pan out

I wanted a solution that didn’t involve a ton of monkey-patching Meteor (the top google result) or using @import and blocking all rendering while waiting for the fonts to load.

The best post I found was this which led me to webfontloader, but the method they recommended would wait until your main package was delivered, than attached a script element to the DOM that would start downloading webfontloader, which would then start loading your desired fonts. All the while ensuring you get a nice long FOUT (flash of unstyled text) to wait for this chain of requests to complete.

The balancing act of font loading

After reading through google’s tips, I settled on the solution below for a few reasons:

  • The compact webfontloader JS is included in the main package, no need to wait for a second round trip before the browser even begins to download fonts. The webfontloader package is a very small addition to your main bundle, well worth the extra speed in getting the font downloaded.

  • No render blocking at all, thanks to webfontloader replacing any @import css rules.

  • Control over FOUT using a few simple CSS rules that work with webfontloader. I decided to hide the text until the fonts were loaded.

  • Automatic fallback if google fonts fail to load.

KISS shows its truth yet again

After we run npm install -E webfontloader, go ahead and tell the client to use it when it loads up. Notice I don’t put this in a Meteor.startup() call, as I want it to be processed right away, not when the DOM is ready.


import WebFont from 'webfontloader';

  google: {
    families: [

This SCSS is optional, it prevents the FOUT by hiding the text, but falls back to showing it if the google font fails to load. I don’t write a lot of CSS code, so keep that in mind :).


h1,h2,h3,h4,h5,h6,p,a { 
    visibility: hidden; 
.wf-active, .wf-inactive { 
    h1,h2,h3,h4,h5,h6,p,a { 
        visibility: visible; 

After looking at the screenshots on a fresh render, this gives me exactly what I was looking for, quick page load that shows a layout that matches the end result, with the actual text hidden until the font is loaded within a second.

While something this common probably should be laid out in official documentation somewhere, it was still worth the effort as the end result ended up shaving almost a second off the initial load time where the website displays nothing but a white page while it waits for render blocking resources.