Fonts for your documents, website, pictures, software
This page lists sources of free fonts that you can use in your documents and pictures. Some of the websites here are repositories for a whole bunch of free fonts while others may only offer a single font for free. Since there appears to be many "free fonts" sites on the Internet, not all of which are genuine, and some of which may even be scams, I have tried to verify that all the sites listed here are the real thing. However, you should take your own precautions as well, and check each site out carefully. Another thing to note is that even though the font may be offered for free, they may have licensing restrictions attached to their use and distribution in the End User Licence Agreement (EULA), so make sure you read their licence terms before you use them.
If you are looking for monospace (fixed-width fonts), such as for a programmer's editor or an HTML editor, please see the Free Programmer's Fonts page instead. Font-making software are also listed separately on their own page: Free Font Editors and Free Online Font Creation Sites.
Finally, if you are looking for a font for your website, please read the article Which Font Should I Use for My Web Page? Tips on Choosing Fonts for Your Website as well.
In case, you get lost in the terminology used below, I sometimes use faces and typefaces to refer to the name of a font family or some set of fonts. For example, Arial and Helvetica are typefaces. While I use "font" on this page interchangeably with "typeface", this is technically not correct, since the word "font" refers to more than just the typeface: it includes the size, spacing and pitch of the particular typeface.
Serif fonts are the fonts where each character has extra short lines at the end of each stroke. For example, both the Times Roman font and the Times New Roman font are serif fonts. Sans-serif faces are those fonts that do not have the extra lines at the end of each stroke. Examples of sans-serif fonts include Helvetica and Arial. The text you're looking at on thefreecountry.com is in a sans serif font.
- Adobe's Source Sans Pro
Source Sans Pro is an open source font from Adobe, released under the Open Font License. This is a sans-serif font that you can not only download and use, but that has its source code made available so that you can modify it. The designers sought to create a font that was legible for use in program user interfaces as well as comfortable to read in text passages. The link above takes you to the Adobe blog post announcing its release, but the fonts themselves need to be downloaded from its download page on SourceForge.
- Ubuntu Font Family
The Ubuntu Font Family is a professionally-designed family of fonts originally created to be used in the Ubuntu distribution of the Linux operating system. At the time this description was written, it contains fonts in sans-serif style, with a variety of weights (regular, bold, italic, bold italic, etc). The plan is to eventually include monospaced fonts and condensed fonts as well.
- STIX Fonts
The STIX Fonts are open source, royalty free fonts (under the SIL Open Font License) intended for use in scientific, engineering and mathematical documents which sometimes use symbols not found in the standard fonts you find your system. The fonts are fully hinted (which means they are supposed to look good even when used at small point sizes) with a huge range of glyphs (loosely speaking, "characters"), and come in the form of OpenType (PostScript) fonts.
- SIL Fonts
SIL, the Summer Institute of Linguistics, provides a number of Unicode encoded and legacy fonts for downloading from their site. The fonts vary from those supporting the Latin character set (which is used for English and such languages) to those supporting other languages (Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, etc). Interesting ones to look for (in my opinion; your tastes will obviously be different) include Gentium, a multilingual serif font, and Doulos SIL, a font that includes the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).
- Acid Fonts - Download Free Fonts
This site lists a wide variety of fonts, sorted by category, including 3D fonts, Christmas fonts, Dingbats, Graffiti, Grunge, Halloween, Horror, LCD, Mac, Number, Portland, Outlined, Retro, Sci-Fi, Stencil and Valentine.
This site provides a variety of free True Type and OpenType fonts, including fancy fonts, techno fonts, dingbats, etc. There are also bitmapped fonts available. The fonts are organised according to category, which makes the site easy to use, since if you are looking for, say, cartoon fonts, you can simply go to the cartoon section. You can see a sample of the appearance of the font. Note that not all the links to the fonts work.
- 1001 Free Fonts
This free fonts site provides a wide variety of True Type and Open Type fonts. The fonts are organised alphabetically according to the font name. Sample text using the font is given.
- Webpage Publicity Free Fonts
Free True Type fonts are listed here alphabetically. Sample text for each typeface is given.
- Microsoft Core Fonts
Some time ago, Microsoft distributed a free set of "core fonts" including Arial, Comic Sans, Impact, Times New Roman, Verdana, Webdings and Trebuchet so that web designers could create pages that appear the same way regardless of the operating system they used. If you use Windows, you already have these fonts, or updated versions of them. This site includes the same free fonts in an RPM package for use on Linux systems that support it. (It is supposedly packaged in a way that does not violate the Microsoft free distribution license.)
The monospace or programmers' fonts previously listed here have been moved to their own page. Please see the Free Programmer's Fonts page for the list of fonts previously mentioned here.
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