Using free script fonts (or free cursive fonts) in your design can help to add a special and versatile aesthetic. From signature-style fonts to ornate and formal handwriting, or even a casual scrawl, there are endless possibilities.
Whatever look you're going for, there's definitely a script font for you. But with so many options out there, it can be hard to know where to start. So, we've brought together a fantastic selection of free script fonts in this article. All are free for personal use, and some can even be used for free commercially too. Looking for more typographical inspiration? Check out the best free fonts available right now.
A script font created with a brushstroke, we love the movement and fluidity of this lettering. Totally confident, with a carefree and slightly hurried energy, it's surprisingly versatile when you see it in different contexts. Though it doesn't scream elegance when set against a beach-y background (more surfer-chic), when laid over black and white with a classic image, it manages to pull it off.
This is free for personal use but you'll need to pay for a commercial license.
02. Rampage Monoline Script
This elegant font is a vintage monoline touch, which has a sense of movement and a beautiful flow. Its curves and bounces draw the eye in whilst remaining clear to read. The script comes in regular and rounded, and is totally free to use.
Looking for free script fonts for invitations or other stationery? Here's one we'd highly recommend. Smooth, elegant and classic, this casual monoline, signature-style font is packed with personality yet still clear and easy to read. Barcelony Signature is free for personal use, or $11 for commercial use.
On the hunt for a handwritten, signature-style font? Cervanttis Signature Script is a great collection of free script fonts with a convincingly natural flow and style. Another great freebie from the makers of Barcelony (above), this free script font is free for personal use, and $11 for commercial use.
Who doesn’t love a free brush script font? Created by Nasir Udin, Arkipelago combines a wet inky feel with a traditional vibe to evoke the impression of clear but realistically imperfect handwriting. Arkipelago contains extra alternate letters, and is free for both personal and commercial use.
Inspired by This is America, Childish Gambino’s hit song of 2018, America boasts large dramatic capitals and a natural flowing stroke. This bold textured script font features a full upper- and lower-case character set, plus several alternate characters. It's free for both personal and desktop commercial use.
There’s a lovely 3D feel to this rough bold, hand-lettering script font. Designed by Sarid Ezra, Briberra features stylistic alternates and swashes and is great for quotes, T-shirt designs and other branding projects. It contains multilingual characters, supports PUA, and is free for personal and commercial use.
Handwriting script fonts can often look a little fake and contrived, but here’s one that looks more like real writing. An extension and redesign of the Arsenale White typeface, Bimbo was created in 2018 by Francesco Canovaro for Zetafonts. This monoline display font is ideal for minimal lettering and logos, fake handwritten notes, and metatextual jokes.
If you’re seeking free script fonts with an atmosphere of elegance and romance, then take a look at Ochre Script. This hand-drawn calligraphy font from Gizem Kiliç enables you to add a lovely personal feel to wedding stationery, cards, letters, and similar designs. And it’s free for both personal and commercial use.
A typeface family designed by Alice Savoie, Faune was a commission by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, in partnership with the Groupe Imprimerie Nationale. This intriguing and unusual script font is designed to reflect the plurality of the animal world. It can be downloaded for both personal and commercial use, as long as you include an author credit.
11. Hoodson Script
With a bouncy baseline and a bonus Swash set, this free script font packs plenty of punch and personality into every curve. A great choice for logos, packaging and posters, Hoodson Script is the work of Hendra Maulia, and can be freely downloaded for personal use, while a commercial licence costs $17.
Of all the free cursive fonts we've spotted of late, Serendipity is one of the most inspired. Created by The HungryJPEG and featuring more than 90 hand-drawn characters, it enables you to add a dash of originality and individuality to your lettering and logo designs. This font is free for both personal and commercial use, although you'll need to supply your email address to download it.
13. Youth Touch
Bursting with youthful energy, this vibrant script lettering font was created by Herofonts' Guilhem Greco. Capable of supporting 310 characters, this expressive and versatile font is free to download for personal use only.
14. Vegan Style
Looking for more free script fonts that evoke a young and trendy feel? Vegan Style, created by Billy Argel, blends boldness with beauty to create something fresh and original. Supporting 280 characters, this font is free to download for personal use only.
15. Sugar & Spice
It's never too early to get ahead on your festive designs, and Sugar & Spice is here to help. Characterised by its short ascenders and descenders, it's one of those free script fonts that's ideal for multi-line type designs. The work of Brittney Murphy Design, this font is free for personal use only.
One of the most delicate and restrained free script fonts we've seen, Shink is nonetheless highly legible. It also includes plenty of alternates, which you can use to customise your designs. Created by 7NTypes, Shink is free for personal use or $15 for a commercial licence.
17. Hickory Jack
Brittney Murphy is behind some of the best free cursive fonts around, and we simply love this laid back creation. Hickory Jack Murphy is free for personal use, but you'll need to contact Murphy to obtain a commercial license.
There aren't many free script fonts that give off a really authentic feel, but Crunchy is one of them. Created by typographer Mans Greback, it has a distinctly old-school feel to it, and would be perfect for any retro or vintage style design. Note that it's free for personal use only.
19. Alex Brush
There's a beautiful flow to this cursive font, which was created by designer Rob Leuschke of TypeSETit. Alex Brush features short ascenders and descenders, and is nice and legible. It's free for both personal and commercial use.
20. La Sonnambula
Designed by Fernando Haro, La Sonnambula is a handwritten and extended font that's been designed with calligraphic texts and elegant titles in mind. It's named after an opera by Vincenzo Bellini, performed by Maria Callas in Milan in 1957. However despite its classic roots, it's bang up to date, even including a Bitcoin symbol. Free for personal use only.
21. Lily of the Valley
Gregory Medina – aka dcoxy – does a great line in free script fonts, and one of our favourites, Lily of the Valley, has been fully updated for 2020. Fun and quirky with some charming flourishes, it features a full set of lower- and upper-case characters, plus accents and symbols. Free for personal use only.
One of the most original free script fonts we've found, Flanella provides a delightfully delicate, looping script that's full of character and flair. This expressive font is free for both commercial and personal projects.
23. The Woodlands
One of the best free cursive fonts we've seen in a long while, The Woodlands offers a strikingly modern and original take on the calligraphic aesthetic. The work of Jeremy Vessey, it's free for both personal and commercial use, although note that you'll need to provide your email address to do so.
Somewhat at the quirkier end of free script fonts, Noelan includes a number of alternates and international characters, for easy mixing and matching. Created by the team at ndro, this clean and modern design is free for personal use.
25. Beautiful Bloom
One of many beautiful free cursive fonts from Mats-Peter Forss, Beautiful Bloom is a great option for both print and digital projects, including stationery, posters, and logo designs. It's available at no charge for personal use only.
One of the more substantial free script fonts we've seen, Milkshake is round, thick and sturdy. Created by typographer Laura Worthington, it's free to download from Bold Faced Goods, although note that you'll have to give them both your physical and email address first.
27. Variane Script
Looking to give your brand a touch of vintage charm? Boy Moch Tomi's first attempt at creating free script fonts, Variane Script, is a modern take on the classic cursive style and is reminiscent of early 20th century American signage. Free for personal and commercial use.
28. Fabfelt Script
Fabien Despinoy is the creative behind Fabfelt, one of the most industrial-feeling free script fonts on our list. He set out to design a handwritten typeface without graininess, and the result is a natural-looking font with a splash of retro charm.
Released by Artimasa, this lovely hand-drawn brush font will add a natural touch to your designs. With its irregular, bouncing characters, Debby is ideal for wedding invitations, posters, logos and greeting cards. Free for both personal and commercial use.
30. Black Jack
Hitting that sweet spot between sophisticated and friendly, Black Jack was created by Ronna Penner of Typadelic. Although this cursive font is only available in one style, Black Jack is made up of 177 characters, including a full set of upper and lower case letters and numbers. It's free for use in personal and commercial projects.
31. Anke Calligraphic FG Regular
One of the quirkiest free script fonts around, Anke Calligraphic FG Regular was originally designed by Anke Arnold, but has been extended to include international characters by Fontgrube Media Design. It's free for both personal and commercial use.
32. Aguafina Script
This eye-catching and elegant free script font from Sudtipos offers a set of clean lines that manage to flow without expanding to fill every bit of space. It's economical with its use of the letterforms, reducing the capital A to a simple up/down stroke with a stylish flick. One of those free cursive fonts that's perfect for bold headlines, Aguafina Script is free for both personal and commercial use.
A clean, professional, and modern script font, Tahul includes a full upper- and lower-case set, plus numerals, punctuation and a range of special characters, making it nice and versatile. It's free for both personal and commercial projects, as long as you credit its creators.
34. 5th Grade Cursive
This wonderfully fancy handwritten font has an old-fashioned look and feel to it, making it perfect for all retro- and vintage-inspired projects. It also makes use of OpenType features to make it appear all the more natural. Designed by Lee Batchelor, it's free for both personal and commercial use.
35. Christopher Hand
This isn't the most technically finessed of our free script fonts, but we love the ease of the letterforms and the honesty of the designer's notes. Crafted by El Stinger, it allows you to present an appearance of effortless scrawl. Christopher Hand is free for personal use only.
36. Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel has a classic weight and subtlety that makes you think of artisan signage and craft, but its cursive lowercase lends itself to a host of different uses. Designed by Brian J Bonislawsky and Jim Lyles for Astigmatic, this most refined of free script fonts is free for both personal and commercial use.
With gentle curves and a haphazard, handwritten aesthetic, Puzzled is one of those free script fonts you reach for when you want to make a statement. Created by Dmitriy Chirkov, it comes with a wide range of punctuation marks, numerals and multilingual support. Free for both personal and commercial use.