The 100 best free fonts

Updated for 2017! Here's a selection of the best free fonts, from geometric sans-serif typefaces to stylish script serifs.

This list represents the 100 best free fonts we've found in a variety of styles. We have many other articles covering specialist font types including handwriting fonts, graffiti fonts, web fonts and more, but we have sectioned our main list under these styles:

  1. Body fonts & Legible sans serif display fonts (this page)
  2. Stylised sans serif display fonts
  3. Serif display fonts
  4. High-contrast serif display fonts
  5. Slab serif display fonts
  6. Handwritten and script display fonts
  7. Dramatic and low-legibility display fonts

Most of the typeface collections listed here can be used in your projects, but please be sure to check the terms. Now join us as we present you with 100 of the best free fonts, which you can download and use today.

Body fonts

01. Kayak

Free font Kayak is a pure delight

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Free for personal use, Jack Harvatt's Kayak font is a pure delight. Available in three weights and six styles, Harvatt describes his design as 'a modern grotesque type, designed with the intention of not standing out'. 

02. Oranienbaum

Free fonts Oranienbaum

Give your headings a classic look with Oranienbaum

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Described as 'modern Antiqua' (a group of classic 'old style' typefaces), Oranienbaum has been created by Ivan Gladkikh and Oleg Pospelov. And as free typefaces go, it's a corker! Based on classics like Bodini, this font has pronounced serifs and makes a great headlines.

Legible sans serif display fonts

03. Adam

Free fonts Adam

Inspired by Futura, Adam is suitable typeface for headlines, posters, titles and captions

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Shrenik Ganatra is the designer behind Adam. Based in Mumbai, the independent artist comments on Behance: "Adam is an all caps, sans serif typeface inspired by Futura. The sharp, clean appearance makes it a suitable typeface for headlines, posters, titles and captions. It consists of 227 glyphs and is free for both personal and commercial use."

04. Ailerons

Free fonts Ailerons

Ailerons is a free font for personal use

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Ailerons was inspired by aircraft models from the 1940s. A clean, all-caps font, it was originally designed for an experimental air models project, but Brazilian designer Adilson Gonzales de Oliveira has since made the font available for personal use.

05. Arkhip

Free fonts Arkhip

Arkhip makes a stunning headline font

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Arkhip was created by the team at Moscow-based Klimov Design. A bold all-caps font "with a Russian soul", it'll add instant character to your headlines, posters and more. Arkhip is available in both Latin and Cyrillic, and free to use.

06. Aventura

Free fonts Aventura

Aventura was inspired by the outdoors

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Inspired by the outdoors, Aventura was created by graphic designer Jimmy Kalman. With a full set of uppercase letters, numbers and a selection of special characters, Aventura is free for both personal and commercial use.

07. Azedo

Free fonts Azedo

Azedo was created off the back of Pedro Azedo's personal identity

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Portugal-based graphic designer Pedro Azedo is behind this gorgeous typeface Azedo. A personal project, Azedo was created off the back of the new identity Pedro created for himself.

08. Bariol

Free fonts Bariol

Bariol has already proved a massive hit with designers across the board

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Designed by Spanish studio Atipo, Bariol has already proved a massive hit with designers across the board. Crafted with versatily and readability in mind, the brand new, slightly rounded typeface is available in four weights.

The font is readable even at small scales and can be used as corporate typography, packaging design, infographics and even editorial design. You can download Bariol regular and italic for free by just 'paying' with a tweet or you can get the complete font family from as little as €3.

09. Baron

Free fonts Baron

Baron is an uppercase display typeface, free for personal and commercial projects

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Created by graphic design student Frank Hemmekam, this font family is designed for display with Hemmekam describing it as "a free uppercase display typeface inspired by the classic sans serif font families. This typeface is, because of its many alternative options and weights, perfect for usage in posters, logotypes and headlines." Baron is free for both personal and commerical use.

10. Bohema

Free fonts Bohema

Bohema by Joao Oliveira is an Art Deco font with a modern twist

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An Art Deco font with a modern twist, Bohema was created by graphic designer and illustrator João Oliveira. Perfect for retro designs, Bohema is ideal for headlines, editorial letterings, branding, merchandising and special occasions. Available in eight distinct styles, payment is required for the full set but Oliveria generously offers the regular alternative style demo as a free download.

11. Building

Free fonts Building

With a strong visual impact, Building is great for posters and headlines

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Building was created by Italian design student Leonardo Gubbioni. He comments on Behance: "With a strong visual impact, Building's primary purpose is to capture the attention, in a world where you are constantly assualted by sensory stimuli."

12. Cornerstone

Free fonts Cornerstone

Looking for an attention-grabbing display font? Try Cornerstone

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A no-nonsense modular font, Cornerstone was created by graphic designer Zac Freeland. It’s an eye-catching design that looks fantastic used for headlines, posters and much more.

13. Fabrica

Free fonts Fabrica

Fabrica proves to be highly efficient for small screens

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Created by Canadian designer Alvin Kwan, Fabrica was designed with one thing in mind: to create the most legible typeface for mobile screens. In a world where people read more text on their smartphones and tablets, rather than on actual paper, Fabrica is a typeface that's well worth looking in to. Although the download is free for all, you can also donate however much money you would like to Alvin for his work.

14. Habana

Free fonts Habana

Bonnie didn't only design the font but she also crafted the sultry illustration that showcases the typeface

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Habana is a geometric sans-serif inspired by Cuba's capital city. Available only in uppercase, this curvy offering was designed by New York based designer Bonnie Clas. What's more, Bonnie didn't only design the font but she also crafted the sultry illustration that showcases the typeface. That's one talented lady right there!

15. Infinity

Free fonts Infinity

The name comes from guides for creating: they are similar to the number 8

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Thai graphic designer Tarin Yuangtrakul mainly focuses his work on illustration, which has been exhibited in Bangkok, South Carolina and New York City. At the tender age of 20, Tarin is already making waves on the design circuit. Here, Tarin turns his hand to typography to create Infinity.

16. Jaapokki

Free fonts Jaapokki

Create eye-catching headlines with Jaapokki

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Jaapokki was created by Finnish designer Mikko Nuuttila. With clean lines, two alternatives and large set of glyphs, Jaapokki is great for headlines, posters, logos and more.

17. KanKin

Free fonts KanKin

KanKin is a contemporary sans serif free font by Alexey Frolov

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The designer of this contemporary yet 'old style' sans serif, Alexey Frolov, claims it's perfect for posters, logos, print and web. It's certainly clean and bold, and it's no surprise, given the nationality of the font's designer, that the Russian characters look particularly good in this set.

18. Langdon

Free fonts Langdon

Serious, solid and dependable; XML Telecom worked alongside designer Steven Bonner to create free typeface Langdon

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Langdon is a free typeface from XLN Telecom and leading graphic designer, illustrator and typographer Steven Bonner. The result of the collaboration is a typeface that is solid, serious and dependable. Langdon is available as a free download and can be used privately and commercially with no restrictions on usage.

19. Locksmith

Free fonts Locksmith

You can grab this gorgeous font for the mere price of a tweet!

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Technically not a sans, but we just feel this gorgeous font fits best here. It was created by California based designer Kenji Enos. Having worked on everything from print, web, motion graphics, animation, video editing and 3D modelling, it's clear that Kenji has some serious talents when it comes to typography. You can grab the regular Format of Locksmith for the mere price of a tweet or Facebook share.

20. Lovelo

Free fonts Lovelo

Coming with two line versions, this is the perfect font for headlines

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Designed by Austrian typographer Renzler Design, the Lovelo font is a remake of the original Lovelo Inline. It's a geometric sans serif typeface with two line versions, making it an eye-catching choice for any large text or headlines. As always, the font is free but there is a donation option if you'd like to show the designer your appreciation.

21. Manifesto

Free fonts Wolf

Manifesto is an angular headline font with style

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Tomaz Leskovec's clean, uppercase show font Manifesto was inspired by the geometric aesthetic of the Italian rationalist movement in the mid 1920s. Angular and eye-catching, it'll add impact to headlines, posters and more.

22. Manteka

Free fonts Manteka

Manteka has proved popular with designers across the globe

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Manteka is designed by Spanish typographer Eduardo Araya and was crafted especially for use in print, but equally has a spectacular web performance. The free font has already proved very popular with designers across the globe.

23. Moderne Sans

Free fonts Moderne Sans

Moderne Sans takes its inspiration from 1920s typography

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A clean and elegant sans serif typeface, Moderne Sans was created by graphic designer Marius Kempken. "Moderne Sans is a free font, inspired by 1920s typography," Kempken comments on Behance. "The design is based on uppercase letters, but I created lowercase letters, numbers and some alternative letters too."

24. Nevis

Free fonts Nevis

The font can be used for both personal and commercial purposes

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Nevis is another fantastic typeface brought to you by Ed Merritt of Ten by Twenty. The website description is spot on: "Nevis is a strong, angular typeface and is ideal for headings, text, buttons and everything in between.

It's assertive and bold, but manages to retain a friendly tone, and looks especially good when used in all caps." The font can be used for both personal and commercial purposes but it cannot be redistributed or sold. Although you can download the font for free, Ten by Twenty say they always appreciate a donation, however small. If you can't do that, a link back to the site is hugely appreciated!

25. Nexa: light and bold

Free fonts Nexa light and bold

The Nexa font family includes a number of styles and weights. Here you get two

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The Nexa font family includes 16 styles and weights. The font family has great legibility, and works very well as a headline font. Here you get two parts of the family for free, and if you want the rest then you'll have to put your hand in your pocket.

26. Nord

Free fonts Nord

Nord was created to celebrate the launch of the Nord Collective new motion graphics studio

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Nord is a new font created by Alex Frukta and Vladimir Tomin to celebrate the launch of the Nord Collective, their new motion graphics studio. Free for both personal and commercial use, it's an OpenType font that comes in four weights - Bold, Light, Medium and Regular - and which included Cyrillic as well as Latin characters.

27. Parisish

Free fonts Parisish

Parisish by George Williams is kinda reminiscent of the French capital city - hence the name

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This is one of the most elegant typefaces, and was created by type designer George Williams; it has the feel of old Paris about it. One of 57 fonts created by the designer, this is one of his most popular, having received over 200,000 downloads. It's free for both personal and commercial uses.

28. Pier

Free fonts Pier

Add a touch of class with Pier, a geometric font with a modern feel

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Pier is a clean sans-serif font that's perfect for any-sized design, big or small. Created by Montreal-based senior art director Mathieu Desjardins, it comes in four weights, has a selection of glyphs and is free for personal use.

"The idea was to create a slightly off geometric font that would look good big or very small," he says. "It was made to fit your everyday designs and text needs."

29. RBNo2

Fee fonts RBNo2

You can grab the light and light alternative Formats for free!

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RBNo2 is inspired by late 19th century industrial fonts with German roots regarding straightness and geometry. Combined with other sans serifs, slab serifs and serif fonts it catches the eye when used in headlines and short copy texts.

Added to the regular styles the alternate versions will turn the font into a perfect partner for modern, technical and contemporary impressions as well as high quality, luxury and timeless environments. You can grab the light and light alternative Formats for free.

30. SciFly Sans

Free fonts SciFly Sans

The SciFly font was created by Tomi Haaparanta

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Tomi Haaparanta, the famous and prolific font designer from the Suomi Type Factory, has created a new typeface, commissioned by Flyerzone. Anyone can download and use SciFly Sans within their projects to create a unique style.

31. Shumi

Free fonts Shumi

Need a chunky font? Try Shumi...

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For all your bold, geometric typeface needs, look no further than Moscow-based designer Ivan Shumikhin's free font Shumi. Packed with Latin and Cyrillic characters, it's perfectly suited to those times when you need to add impact to your designs.

32. Stellar

Free fonts Stellar

An elongated sans serif, Stellar remains legibile whether used large or small

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Designed to give purpose to your ideas, whether they're "galactic or atomic", Stellar is a slick, condensed sans serif with an elongated x-height that gives the font legibility and personality.

Senior art director Mathieu Desjardins created four weights, which come at a price – but a stripped back option is also free for personal use.

33. Tracks

Free fonts Tracks

Tracks Type will look great when used for headlines and posters

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Tracks type is all caps fonts and alphabet only, inspired with railway tracks slash, static, dynamic, and clean. It was designed by Indonesia-based design student Gumpita Rahayu and is available in two different styles - medium and slanted. This font was designed for display purposes, so will look great when used for headlines.

34. Ziamimi

Free fonts Ziamimi

Another typeface collection that's perfect for your headlines and poster designs

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Ziamimi is a gorgeous font that comes in capitals - making it perfect for headers and eye-catching statements. Its sleek finish allows it to really stand out as one of the best free typefaces we've come across. It also comes with numbers and a few punctuation marks.

35. Zwodrei

Free fonts Zwodrei

Another brilliant font for headlines and larger texts

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Perfect for personal headline use, Zwodrei was designed by 27-year-old German based graphic designer Lukas Bischoff. After graduating from his studies of communication design at the University of Applied Science, Lukas has gone on the create some beautiful typefaces - including this one!

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