How to Find Synced Typekit Fonts on Your Computer

Chen: Make sure you restart Finder after the terminal line, Hold Option + right click on finder and then relaunch

Are you using Adobe CC and syncing fonts from Typekit to your desktop? If you’re on OSX you can follow these steps to see where those fonts live.

Occasionally Typekit takes my desktop fonts away which is scary in the middle of a project or en route to a design presentation. I then have to open the Creative Cloud app and re-sync the fonts. That’s an understandable workaround but I needed a viable game plan to meet a deadline even if Typekit or my connectivity is unreliable for a matter of hours. Now I sleep better knowing that I can still complete a project without worrying about the mystery sync bugs.

We’re going to use Terminal and Finder to locate these files. First you’ll need to enable viewing hidden files.

Open Terminal. Paste this command without the $ sign and click enter:
$ defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
Now Finder displays hidden folders and files on your computer. “Hidden” files are now distinguished from normal files by being slightly transparent.
Open Finder. Go to Macintosh HD/Users/YOURNAME/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CoreSync/plugins/livetype/.r/
Your fonts are in this .r folder named FONTID.otf
My terminal below shows the list of files in .r by running ls -la
Finder below displays the font files copied to a normal folder


Finder won’t let you change the folder or file names prefixed with a dot like a normal file.

After you copy the .r folder to a safe place on your computer, right click the copy of .r and select Get Info. Change the copied .r folder name to TypeKit by expanding the Filename & Extension option. Use Get Info for each font you need to use offline. This image explains how to do it.


The fonts are open type files named with a dot prefix and font id like .70.otf. If you want to play with the files and not mess with your CC configuration you can use Finder (or Terminal) to copy them and paste the files somewhere else.

Terminal Option: Open Terminal and “move” the files while simultaneously changing their names, which renames them. Example:

$ mv .70.otf Bree-Bold.otf

There is an XML file in …/livetype/.c/entitlements.xml with the list of fonts that correlate to each font id. But if you open the Get Info window for each font you can see the Full Name field without needing to look at the XML.

If you want Finder to hide the hidden files and folders again paste this in Terminal and click enter:
$ defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

One thought on “How to Find Synced Typekit Fonts on Your Computer”

  1. Thank you so much! I have a project due tomorrow that uses nothing but Adobe font files—files which Creative Cloud de-synced during an update and now inexplicably refuses to re-sync. I scoured the internet and couldn’t find this info anywhere else. You’re a lifesaver!

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