The web's full of places where you can download free fonts if your typography budget's stretched. In fact, there are so many places, you can end up spending hours trawling through badly made sites and still come away empty-handed. With this in mind, we've done the legwork for you and searched out the best libraries where you can download free fonts that will deliver the goods you need without wasting your time. Hit up the following sites and you're likely to find the font you're after.
Besides the obvious places to download fonts for free, we've also unearthed some lesser-known sources – including individual design portfolios. Don't forget to check our regularly updated list of the best free fonts (and you can make things a little edgier with some free tattoo fonts). One of our favourite font libraries is MyFonts, which has free as well as paid-for options. See the link below to go straight to MyFonts, or scroll down for more of the best places to download free fonts.
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myfonts.com by Monotype is one of our favourite type libraries with over 130,000 fonts, from brush fonts to display fonts. Over 900 of them are completely free.
The best places to download free fonts
It doesn't have the biggest collection around, but FontM's selection of free fonts is nicely-organised into all the categories you're likely to need, and as well as fonts from around the web, it also has a good few designed in-house. On top of the free fonts it also collects together great-looking premium fonts, with handy links enabling you to quickly buy what you need.
With over 85,000 fonts available in TrueType and OpenType flavours, FontSpace is a useful go-to for free type. The fonts here are neatly sorted into plenty of categories to help you root out what you want – alongside the typical 'serif', 'script' (and so on) categories are fonts designed for a particular occasion – ideal if you're not quite sure what you're looking for.
FontSpace has over 3,000 designers supplying fonts, and they're clearly labelled so you can be sure whether a font is good for commercial use or should be consigned to personal projects only.
MyFonts has a wealth of fonts available to buy, but there are some freebies available too. Just use the dropdown to search for free fonts and you'll see all the type currently available.
DaFont is a massive archive of freely downloadable fonts. You can browse by alphabetical listing, style, author or popularity. A lot of it is on the unprofessional side, but you can find some choice stuff here. It's also a good resource if you're looking to download free fonts with a novelty theme, like the Pac-Man Font featured above.
05. Creative Market
An online marketplace for community-generated design assets, Creative Market offers a selection of free goods each week – including one font. The design changes each week and is only available for a limited time period. Because the fonts on offer here are typically paid-for, you know you're getting a good quality product. This is a brilliant way to build up a library of different font styles, and if you do want to buy something on Creative Market, you can often unlock more fonts and other goodies with qualifying purchases.
The go-to place for designers to show off their work, online portfolio platform Behance is a brilliant place to find fonts.
There's work of all types on here, so you'll need to add some filters to get to the free fonts, but once you've done that there are some great options to download. Whether you want a slab serif, script, tattoo or handwriting font, you're sure to find something that suits here.
Fontasy is an archive of over 1,100 fonts you can download for free. As well as having a truly pun-tastic name, this resource offers a great range of styles and a pleasant browsing experience (the category list includes an example 'A' in each of the styles – a nice touch). Unless instructed otherwise, make sure you contact the designer if you want to use these fonts commercially.
FontStruct is a free font-building tool and community. Users create what the site calls 'FontStructions' using the 'FontStructor' editor (bear with us), and are encouraged to share them once they're finished, for others to download. This means there are a lot of fonts to search through, and more are added every day.
There's a range of high-quality TrueType fonts available here, ready for use on Windows and Mac. The site's easy to navigate and the best fonts are picked for the FontStruct gallery.
09. 1001 Free Fonts
Misnomer alert! 1001 Free Fonts doesn't feature exactly 1001 free fonts; it's actually more in the region of 10,001. All of them are handily organised across 64 categories, along with the option to browse by designer.
10. Abstract fonts
Abstract Fonts has one of the cleaner interfaces in this arena, and it's very easy to navigate. There's a custom font preview option, the terms are outlined clearly, and it's updated regularly, with a huge array of fonts for you to choose from.
Neogrey is the portfolio of Ivan Filipov. Working as a graphic and web designer, he's created some stunning fonts that he's very generously made available for free download. We particularly love his multi-coloured vector fonts.
Created by Lukas Bischoff, a designer based in Germany, Artill is a nice little website that's aimed purely at people wishing to download free fonts. It's minimalism at its best, and there's some great typography to be sampled.
Glukfonts is the site of Polish designer Gluksza, which offers some nicely designed typography. You can download free type and other design resources too.
An independent type foundry launched by Bulgarian designer Svetoslav Simov, Fontfabric includes a lot of paid fonts but its freebie section is also a great place to download some freebies.
15. Lost Type
Founded by Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin, Lost Type is a type foundry that offers you the chance to pay whatever you like for a font (and yes, it's possible to type in '$0' for a free download).
16. Font Squirrel
Want to download free fonts for commercial use? Then Font Squirrel is the place to head. The quality of the fonts is high, they're mostly @font-face compatible, plus it's got fun features like the Font Identifier, where you can upload an image with type and it'll tell you the fonts that match.
17. Google Fonts
Google Web Fonts makes it quick and easy for everyone to use web fonts on its site. All of the fonts are open source, so you're free to share and customise them for your own use, or collaborate with the original designer to improve them. And you can use them in every way you want, privately or commercially: in print, on your computer, or in your websites.
18. The League of Movable Type
GitHub project The League of Movable Type is a typographical revolution in the making and anyone looking to download free fonts should make a beeline for it. The very first free and open-source type foundry, it's a hand-selected group of typographers who've created an amazing set of high-quality free fonts for all to download, such as the popular League Gothic.