Apple has created a custom font called "San Francisco" for use as system fonts in iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. It's a gorgeously simple font that's highly readable no matter what Apple system or display it's used to and if you're a developer or designer, you can appreciate having access to the San Francisco font for mockups and other developer-related work .
Apple makes the San Francisco font available for download for developer usage. If you have installed fonts on Mac OS before, this process of installing fonts must already be known.
How to Download and Install San Francisco Fonts for Mac
- Click here to go to the Apple Developer Fonts page and download the San Francisco font package
- Install the downloaded DMG file and access to the disk image in Finder
- You should read script-limited license files to understand the usage restrictions associated with These fonts are for developers only *
- Open each font size, then select all (command + A ) and then open (command + o) to load in font
- Select "Install Font" on each of the available fonts that are presented, and then repeat with the other individual fonts folder on the mounted disk image
<img src = "http://cdn.osxdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/install-san-francisco-fonts-mac-610×564.jpg" alt = "Installer San Francisco SF Font Package on Mac  Font Book Will open to show the user's installed fonts, now containing "SF Pro" and "SF Compact"
After the San Francisco font package is installed, you can get Access it as usual, just like you would like any other font on your Mac through an appropriate text modification menu.
The San Francisco "SF Compact" type is for Apple Watch and WatchOS, while the San Francisco "SF Pro" type is for Mac and MacOS, iPhone / iPad and iOS, and Apple TV and TVOS.
Note: A San Francisco font called "SF Mono" is hidden on Mac, you can access and use SF Mono font in Mac OS with these instructions if interested, the SF Mono font works well for Terminal windows and other situations. There a monospace font is appropriate.
* It is your responsibility to read the entire Apple License Agreement for the SF Font Package. Always refer to the license agreement included in the downloaded San Francisco font package itself. Due to this writing, the basic section "Limited License" for San Francisco (SF Pro Font) is as follows, but this may change at any time:
"A. Limited License. Subject to the terms of this license, You use the Apple font solely to create mock-ups of user interfaces to be used in software products running on Apple's iOS, MacOS, or TVOS operating systems as required. The above-mentioned right includes the right to display Apple Font in screenshots, images, mockups or other images, digital and / or printouts of such software products that run exclusively on IOS, MacOS, or TVOS.
You may use this Apple font only for the purposes described in this license and only if You are a registered Apple developer, or otherwise expressly permitted by Apple in writing. "
The limitations of current usage are quite clear and strict; These fonts are intended for use by mock-ups of user interfaces for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, and that is it. Mockups are often created by many developers and designers when they work with software and apps for Apple's ecosystem, and that's what these fonts are meant for, nothing else. Do not ignore the license agreement restrictions.
If you have installed the San Francisco SF Font package and later decide that you do not want it, you can always remove fonts from Mac just like installing them the first place.