Adding the new rupee symbol to your website.

Prof Udaya Kumar with Ron

Prof Udaya Kumar with Ron

It was indeed a pleasure to see the new Indian rupee symbol come onto the world stage. It makes me proud as an Indian.  Having met the creator Prof.Udaya Kumar from the Design School, IIT Guwahati I know its an excellent well thought out symbol creating a perfect balance between devnagri and english symbolism.

Being a web based company the question naturally occoured that now how do we use this symbol online.  There are a lot of version available online. We like to use the rupee foradian available here

The rupee font works on a server-side font principle i.e. the font resides on the server and not on your computer unlike other fonts we see on webpages. This technique is mainly used to create language based websites and is useful for this purpose as well.

Step1: Download the rupee fonts

This contains
Rupee_Foradian.woff and

Upload these to a folder on your server named rupee.

Step 2: Add the rupee font definitions to an external style sheet.

font-family: ‘Rupee Foradian’;
src: url(‘../rupee/Rupee_Foradian.eot’);
src: local(‘Rupee Foradian’), url(‘../rupee/Rupee_Foradian.ttf’) format(‘truetype’),
url(‘../rupee/Rupee_Foradian.woff’) format(‘woff’),
url(‘../rupee/Rupee_Foradian.svg’) format(‘svg’);
font-weight: normal;
font-style: normal;

Now you may use it to create different styles just like any normal font.


.yellowrupee {
font-family: “Rupee Foradian”;
font-size: 18px;
font-style: normal;
font-weight: bold;
color: #ff0;
text-decoration: none;

Step 3: using the span within the document.

<span class=”yellowrupee”>`</span>

The ` symbol  (the key to the left of 1 and above the tab key below the tilde ~)  is used where you need the rupee symbol to appear.

Its as easy as that. Ofcourse there might be comflicts on different servers so do post here if you encounter any problems.


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  • Anant Tiwari

    I was trying to use this on a linux based hosting server, i worked as per the direction but was unable to see the rupee symbol in IE 7 browser. One more thing is that i m creating this in .php file… should not matter but stil i have given the info.