Fonts are often underrated: although they can completely overhaul the way your documents, presentations, or websites look, many people do not consider them essential. However, looks usually have a significant effect, sometimes impacting us even more than content. The good thing about the internet is that you can get nearly anything you want for free or at an affordable price. That is also true for fonts, as many sites offer great fonts for free. However, lots of them are hard to navigate, or worse, the fonts they distribute may contain adware or malware. That is why we have compiled a list of safe download locations that contain free and paid fonts for Windows or for your Cricut projects. Let's get started:
NOTE: We downloaded ten random fonts from each website included in this roundup and scanned the files we downloaded using virustotal.com. We did this to make sure that the websites we recommend do not distribute adware or malware of any kind.
1. Google Fonts
If you prefer getting your free fonts from a well-established developer, you cannot go wrong with Google's own free Fonts service. Google Fonts has a lot of free fonts which you can find by searching or by selecting various criteria. The fonts 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 is what you want.
DaFont is one of the oldest fonts websites in the world. The website is straightforward to use and it contains north of 60.000 fonts. You can 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 will surely appreciate is that, with just one click, you can see what a particular text looks like when written in the selected font.
TIP: If you need help installing fonts, here is an article on how to view and install fonts in Windows 11 and Windows 10.
FontSquirrel is probably found on any web designer's list of free font resources. The website's owners promise that they do everything possible to include fonts that are 100% free, even for commercial use, which is excellent. If you are designing your website, you will be happy to find out that FontSquirrel also offers a Webfont Generator which you can use to upload and convert fonts for web embedding.
FontSpace is a website where you can find over 90.000 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 are looking for, or browse through the various font categories available. The website looks good and doesn’t require an account. You get a preview of a font you like, a download button, and no pop-ups or unnecessary additional steps.
TIP: The FontSpace website has a dedicated Cricut section.
UrbanFonts features over 25.000 free fonts, an equally consistent collection of premium fonts, and even free dingbats. Most fonts are freeware, but some are shareware or contain links to external websites. The text files you download usually include information on the usage and licenses of the fonts.
6. 1001 Free Fonts
1001 Free Fonts is probably the oldest of the bunch when it comes to free fonts resources. Just like most of the other websites in this roundup, 1001 Free Fonts also offers a search feature, and you can 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 to avoid getting into any legal issues.
7. Font Zone
Another good website (albeit full of ads) from which you can download fonts is Font Zone. It offers over 50.000 free fonts that you can use for anything you want: websites, documents, graphics, and so on. Font Zone uses various criteria to organize the fonts: alphabetically, by popularity, and by categories. If you do not know what font you want, these categories can help you browse only the ones that match the style you prefer. Moreover, if you already know the name of the font you want, Font Zone also includes a search feature that works well.
8. Abstract Fonts
Abstract Fonts has almost 10.000 free fonts at the time this article is written. The website is straightforward and easy to use, and finding your way through it is fast. The fonts are organized into categories, new and popular, alphabetically, and by their designer. If you already know what font you want, you can also use search. Some of the fonts hosted are free for personal use, and some are free for commercial use also. The website also offers a web font generator.
MyFonts boasts a collection of over 130.000 fonts, but most of them are not free. However, using the advanced filters on the website, you can select the free fonts, and you’ll find some very high-quality ones out there. Being focused primarily on paid fonts, the website has the additional benefit of being ad-free.
We close this list with the go-to website for designers and professionals: Behance. You need to jump through some hoops to get to the free fonts (creating an Adobe account, filtering the search results), but once you do that, you can find unique designs that will surely satisfy your creative needs.
Which free fonts website do you prefer?
These are the best websites we have found for downloading free fonts. They do not pose any security risks for their users. We like them all, and we are sure that they can provide you with a helping hand anytime you need a new font. Try them out and let us know which sites you like best. Also, if you believe there are other free fonts resources that belong on our list, do not hesitate to share them with us in a comment.