6 Best locations for safely downloading free fonts
Fonts are often underrated: although they can completely overhaul the way your documents, presentations, or websites look, many people don’t consider them important. However, looks usually have a big impact, sometimes even more than your content, regardless of whether you like it or not. The good thing about internet is that you can get nearly anything you want for free or at an affordable price. That’s also true for fonts, as there are many websites that offer great fonts for free. However, many such websites are hard to navigate, or worse, the fonts they distribute are filled with adware or malware. That’s why we thought it would b e a great idea if we researched most of the websites that offer fonts for free and highlight only those that are safe and clean from viruses or other things you wouldn’t want on your Windows computer or device.
NOTE: We downloaded ten random fonts from each website that is included in this roundup and scanned the files we downloaded using virustotal.com. We did this to make sure that the websites we recommend don’t distribute adware or malware of any kind.
DaFont is probably the most popular free fonts website in the world. And there is a good reason for that: this website is extremely easy to use. You can either use the search feature or you can look for a font you like by browsing through the different categories that are available. A thing you’ll surely appreciate is that, with just one click, you can see what a certain text looks like when written in a font you like.
FontSquirrel is a website that’s probably found on any web designer’s list of free font resources. The website is easy to navigate and getting a preview of a font you like is quick and painless. The website’s owners promise that they do everything possible to only include fonts that are 100% free, even for commercial use, which is great. If you are designing your own website, you’ll be happy to find out that FontSquirrel also offers a Webfont Generator which you can use to upload and convert fonts for web embedding.
3. Google Fonts
If you prefer getting your free fonts from a well established software developer, you really can’t go wrong with Google’s own free Fonts service. Google Fonts shares a lot of free fonts which you can find by searching or by selecting various criteria. The fonts that are offered by Google are open source and can be used both personally or commercially on any website, in any document or even on a t-shirt if that’s what you want. :)
FontSpace is a website where you can find literally tons of free fonts shared by thousands of designers all over the world. Finding the font you want is easy: use the search box if you already know the name of the font you’re looking for or browse through the various fonts categories that are available.
You can also click the Random link in the top menu and you’ll get a list with 10 random fonts. Take care though and read the license of the font that you’re going to download. It may be free but only for personal use, not for commercial purposes.
5 . Urban Fonts
Urban Fonts sells premium fonts, but also offers free fonts that anyone can download and use. The website has a simple design and finding what you want is easy. You can either search for a specific font, or you can browse through the various font categories. There are also font previews available, so that it’s easy for you to see what your text will look like when written with a certain font.
6. 1001 Free Fonts
1001 Free Fonts is probably the oldest of the bunch when it comes to free fonts resources. And although at first there may have been only a thousand and one free fonts hosted on the website, now there are probably tens of thousands of free fonts available for download. Just like most of the other websites we’ve mentioned in this roundup, 1001 Free Fonts also offers a search feature and you can also browse the free fonts in different categories. Most of the fonts should be free to use as you want, but there are also a few shareware fonts included. The best you can do is check the license terms of each font that you download, so that you don’t get into any legal issues.
These are the best websites we’ve found for downloading free fonts that don’t pose any security risks for their users. We like them all and we are sure that they will provide you with a helping hand anytime you’ll need a new font to use on your new website, document or even for your next t-shirt. If you believe there are other free fonts resources we should add to our list, don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comments section below.