Not everyone can afford to license a paid font, but luckily the internet is full of free font websites. So if you’re looking for a commercial font to use for a new branding project, poster, or whatever, we’ve got you covered here with a list of best sites to download free fonts.
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Dafont is one of the best and oldest sites to download fonts. It has more than 60,000 options for all tastes and projects, it is available in six languages and the best thing is that you don’t need to register on the site to download the fonts (which come in ZIP files).
Filtering fonts in such a large collection can be tricky, but for that Dafont has a category system on top. There you can select a subcategory like “Animation” or “Manuscript”, or filter the list with themes, like “Halloween”, “Horror”, etc. When you select a category, the Preview tool will appear, where you can write what you want and see how your text will look with the font.
Fontspace is a designer-focused font repository, featuring fast customizable previews and hassle-free downloads. This site has over 88,000 fonts listed.
By default, Fontspace shows all fonts, but if you want to see only the ones that are available for free commercial use, you can select that category: “Commercial Use Fonts” (since the site is in English). You can also filter by collections, styles, popularity or those that have just been added to the platform.
Google Fonts has one of the largest collections of web-ready fonts, boasting over 1,300 different font families on their site. You can filter searches by category, language, popularity, and even attributes like thickness or width.
You also have a preview there, in which you can write a whole paragraph or sentence with any font. In addition, you can increase the size of the font or switch between the different versions of it (if it has them). It is worth mentioning that almost everything here is focused on fonts for long texts, so don’t expect options as extravagant as for a poster, for example.
Behance is the place where most of the designers from all over the world show their creative work. Some use it as a portfolio, while others use it just to share their work with others, whether it’s design assets like templates, or what you’re looking for: fonts.
To do this, you simply have to search for “free fonts” (or “free fonts”, in English) on Behance. You won’t always find a complete set of fonts with multiple versions, but you’ll definitely find something that catches your eye. Either way, it is the best option if you are looking for options for a graphic design project, as you will find fonts related to logos, social media posters, etc.
Font Squirrel is a bit different than the other alternatives on this list in that what it does is collect fonts from other websites and link to them on its platform. For that reason, it doesn’t give you a personalized preview of the font; for that, you will have to click and wait for the originating website to offer that functionality. On the other hand, all fonts are free for commercial use and come in OTF or TTF format.
The great thing about this site is that it tells you how you can use the fonts with four icons below each one. The computer icon means you can use the font for commercial use, the sphere icon means you can embed it on your website with CSS, the Kindle icon represents use in e-books and portable documents, and the phone icon symbolizes the use of fonts in applications and software. If an icon is black, it means you can use the font in that context, and if it’s white, then it’s illegal to use the font commercially.