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

/* Keyword values */
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;

/* Global values */
font-stretch: inherit;
font-stretch: initial;
font-stretch: unset;

The two 'e' belong to the same fonts. One is condensed, the other normal and can be selected by 'font-stretch'.

Note: This property does not change the geometry of a font by stretching or shrinking it. Rather, like font-feature-settings or font-variant, it selects the most appropriate font face.

For example, on macOS, in addition to the more common Bold, Regular, Italic, and BoldItalic faces, the "Helvetica Neue" font offers a second set of faces with compact characters: Condensed. Browsers will render this font with the condensed faces for the values semi-condensed through ultra-condensed, and the normal faces for all other values:

Font-stretch results with a font having 2 faces, one condensed and one normal.

If the specified font has no condensed or expanded faces, like the default "Times New Roman" on macOS, font-stretch will not have any visible effect:
Font-stretch results with a font having 1 single face.



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, i.e., towards the most expanded one.

Formal syntax

normal | ultra-condensed | extra-condensed | condensed | semi-condensed | semi-expanded | expanded | extra-expanded | ultra-expanded



<div class="ultra stretch">This is text with the font extremely stretched.</div>
<div class="stretch">This is text with the font stretched.</div>
<div class="normal">This is text without font stretching.</div>
<div class="condensed">This is text with the font condensed.</div>
<div class="ultra condensed">This is text with the font extremely condensed.</div>


.ultra.stretch { font-stretch: ultra-expanded; }
.stretch { font-stretch: expanded; } 
.normal { font-stretch: normal; }
.condensed { font-stretch: condensed; }
.ultra.condensed { font-stretch: ultra-condensed; }



Specification Status Comment
CSS Fonts Module Level 3
The definition of 'font-stretch' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition

Note: The font-stretch property was initially defined in CSS 2, but dropped in CSS 2.1 due to the lack of browser implementation. It was brought back in CSS 3.

Initial value normal
Applies to all elements. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Inherited yes
Media visual
Computed value as specified
Animation type a font stretch
Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 48 12 9 9 35 11
Feature Android webview Chrome for Android Edge mobile Firefox for Android IE mobile Opera Android iOS Safari
Basic support No ? 12 9 ? No ?

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