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20 reliable sites to download web fonts for free

Words are clearly an important component of website content. And although all web designers might not always consider written language their “thing,” the look of each font is an art form well worth their time. Whatever the business and type of website you’re building are, you need to choose a typeface that will fit each brand’s style the best.

In order to have the best typography for each project, you should have access to high-quality, relevant and suitable fonts. Odds are in your favor, as the Internet already offers a huge amount of fonts sites, with countless options to choose from. Just make sure that you check the usage rights ahead of time, as many fonts tend to come with commercial licenses - and you don’t want to run into any surprises later on in the project. Aside from this, the only issue you might be stuck on is wondering how to possibly narrow down the choices. To make things easier, we have gathered the 20 best sites where you can find and download professional fonts for free.

01. Wix

Before you start hunting around for the next font to add to the site you’re working on, first save some time by heading straight to the Wix Editor and taking in the tons of original fonts you can find there for free. However, if you happen to have your own typography or have fallen in love with one that you have downloaded from elsewhere, you can always upload it to the Editor with just a few clicks. The font does not have to already be a web font as we can convert it to one anyway. Just make sure that it is uploaded in TTF, OTF, WOFF2 or WOFF format.

02. DaFont

With more than 30,000 fonts available, this is one of the most popular platforms for downloading free typefaces. Thanks to its search bar, designers can easily browse the catalogue by keywords or themes. Also, since the site is translated into five languages, non-English speakers will be able to enjoy searching in their own language, too.

03. Font Reactor

This is another good place to dive into fonts, no matter the type of design you are working on. You can search by keyword or category here. Then, once you find “the one,” you can download it for free or share it on your social networks.

04. Urban Fonts

This popular platform offers both premium fonts and free fonts. Regardless of your preferences, it’s possible to find a perfect type for any kind of design. Like many other sites, it also contains a search bar that enables you to browse by keyword or subject (Asian, Celtic, Western, Modern, etc.). Yet, the best part is that you can create an account to save your favorite fonts.

05. Google Fonts

Google Fonts is in the realm of free fonts to download for your online projects as it offers more than 800 families of web fonts to choose from. Not surprisingly for a Google product, the search tool is marvelously powerful and intuitive, enabling you to find a font based on their category (Serif, Sans Serif, Handwriting, etc.), language, number of styles, thickness, slant and width! Among interesting and useful features, you can test and apply each font directly on your website just by setting some parameters, such as size and style.

GIF screenshot of selecting Google Fonts for Wix website template

06. Font Squirrel

The main characteristic of this platform is that all of the fonts have 100% free usage rights. It is also perfect for those designers working on multilingual projects, since it offers web fonts in no less than 186 languages. Unlike Google Fonts, you must download each font first if you want to use it on your website.

07. The League of Moveable Type

This community of like-minded designers is a pioneer site for the creation and generation of open source fonts, a great project that seeks to be revolutionary in the world of typography. Since 2009, they offer some of the most beautiful and best designed typographies of the network - and they’re all completely free. They also have free ebooks available that explain the chaos surrounding typography licensing, so that you know what, where and how you can use each font.

08. Omnibus-Type

This website is actually a designers collective that creates and shares their own fonts. At the moment, they have only a select number of fonts, but the act of creating a costless, art-sharing community is certainly worth checking out.