5 Excellent Sources To Download Free Text Fonts
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free text fonts downloadWhen I was a little innocent computer newbie, still finding my way around a keyboard and gasping with delight at the internet (“WOW!  HOTMAIL!”), I made a few really bad mistakes while learning.   One of them (which I still cringe about to this day) was back in 2000 when I installed 9000 fonts on Microsoft Word and then wondered why it took forever for the damn thing to start up! (“Dear Mr Gates, I’d like to complain about your Word product and its slow startup speed….”)

Even though I have learnt my lesson from that day, I still love fonts and I am always trying out new ones. Art and graphic design were my best subjects at school and calligraphy has always been a big interest of mine as well. So I am always collecting new free online sources for fonts.

Here are the five best ones in my opinion :

What The Font?!

Do you really like a particular poster design or a particular style of font and you would like to duplicate it?   “What The Font” allows you to upload a scanned image of a piece of writing or a font and it will identify the name of the font for you. Or instead of uploading, you can point it to a URL.

It seems to be very accurate and fast. I uploaded a scan of the title of a book I have called “To The Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf. “What The Font” identified the font seconds later as “Baskerville Old Face”:

free typefaces to download


ddfont - free typefaces to download

Some nice fonts here. Not too many to choose from but the ones that ARE available are quite nice. Just click on the one you want, enter the activation code, and it will download to your computer.

Fonts 500

fonts 500 -free text fonts

Claims to be the top 500 free fonts on the web.   Not sure if that is true but nevertheless the fonts on this site are REALLY good.    Each one is in a ZIP file so just click on the ones you want and they will immediately download to your computer.   Then just unzip them.   Some notable ones include Harry Potter, Yahoo, Scrabble letters, Star Wars, Godfather, Terminator, Bon Jovi and Pizza Hut.


typenow -free text font download

Here, they have some movie and TV themed fonts. If you have a favourite movie or TV programme, check here to see if the font is available. TV show-wise, they have things like “Lost” and “Prison Break”, movie-wise, they have ones like Casino Royale and Kill Bill. In other ones, they have the Google font and Estee Lauder, among others. Worth checking out.

Search Free Fonts

This excellent site allows you to search through 13,000 free fonts, broken down into various categories.  When you click on a particular font, it then gives you a close up view of that font so you can see what it looks like. You can type in your own text, specify a size up to 72 and preview it in that font so you can decide which font will suit you best before downloading it :

search free fonts

To finish off, here’s a College Humor video on a “Font Conference” which I have always found very funny.

Where do you find your fonts?  What are your favourite sites for free fonts?

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  1. oliver
    December 29, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Found a new site called http://www.fonts2u.com. These guys have over 20k free fonts nicely categorized
    and what I really liked is the extended search they offer. You may search thru all character
    maps. I was trying to find fonts with Japanese characters. I simply selected desired character
    map, hit search and got fonts supporting them. Really cool and effective.

  2. CoolA
    November 17, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Great list! http://www.acefreefonts.com also provides over 20,000 free downloadable fonts, and they are searchable by name or by tags.

  3. Tim
    July 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    LOL on the English lessons! Must we curse to sound cool?

  4. Milee
    December 6, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks for this, I especially liked the 500fonts as they were a lot easier to download, the first site you have to put in a code for *each* font and they have a crazy number of fonts so way too time consuming to dl all of them like I was attempting, but a good source if you are just looking for a few.
    However, just wanted to point out that when I go to typenow and click on the font I like, it takes me to a page to purchase said font- can't seem to find where they are free there....am I missing something?

  5. heavyMGS
    November 30, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Excellent post. Thanks for the links.

  6. TheArtist
    November 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks for these!

    This is a good one-

  7. Mark O'Neill
    November 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    er.....http://www.dafont.com . Where else would it be?

  8. Online Hry zdarma
    November 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Where is DaFont.com?

  9. Austin Pheiffer
    November 28, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    I apologize if this sounds at all arrogant, but I still have hope that the general community of self-publishing whiz kids can one day change…

    A "font" is a digital file and not the actual design of the letters contained in the font; a set of glyphs (a term for any letter, number or symbol contained in a font) with a particular design is called a typeface. I think the best reason to use the more appropriate term "typeface" is that you will automatically earn points and respect from the designers who produce these lovely things and you will be a great deal cooler because of it.

    A good metaphor (that I didn't come up with) for the difference between the two terms is this:
    The term "font" is to "typeface" what "mp3" is to "song"; you don't tell someone how much you love that mp3, you tell how much you love that song.

    Right : "…when I installed 9000 fonts on Microsoft Word…" (you installed the digital files)
    Wrong : "…upload a scanned image of a piece of writing or a font …" (you are scanning a printed type sample–so the design, which is a typeface, not the digital file)

    Sorry if I sound like an asshole; this matter is quite dear to my heart.

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 29, 2008 at 6:24 am

      You really do have a lot of time on your hands to split hairs! "Self-publishing whiz kids"? I'm not sure how to take that one.

      By the way, I do tell people how much "I love that mp3". Not everyone is the same as you. Language evolves every day. Get over it.

    • Dan
      December 15, 2008 at 10:13 am

      Hey Mark, I love the fonts!

    • Tim
      February 1, 2009 at 1:00 am

      I'm sorry Mr. Austin, but you are terribly mislead. Font was word that existed before digital files did and it means "A complete set of type of one size and face." So, yes, you do sound like and asshole.

  10. Shon
    November 28, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    The one I have used for several years is http://www.1001freefonts.com/

  11. Belal
    November 28, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you for this post it will really help me alot. Some other good font websites are dafont.com, you can navigate through this website easily to find the right font and also theres a feature that lets you type in text into a box and all the fonts text is the same as the text which you have written. Also deviantart.com (http://www.deviantart.com/#catpath=resources/fonts&order=9) has good fonts, most members have made thier own fonts so they are quite unique. Last but definately not least famousfonts.smackbomb.com has a wide variety of famous fonts, it is similar to typenow.net however famousfonts have a variety of more fonts like famous music fonts, famous food & drink fonts, famous game fonts etc.