There are tonnes of places on the internet to find free fonts, but you have to make sure the fonts you are finding are truly free. Just because there is a link that allows you to download the font file, doesn’t mean that you can use it for whatever you want at no charge.
While some fonts are 100% free (what we want) some have limits on how you can use the free versions. There are limits like commercial use – meaning that you can’t use the free version of the font to make money. Before downloading a font you want to read the fine print so you can be sure you’re never using a font illegally. Though you can download fonts that are ‘free for personal use’ for your own projects, I like to stick to downloading fonts that are all 100% free so that I never have to worry about which font I’m using for what purpose. Below are some great places to find fonts (that you can be sure are 100% free).
1001 Free Fonts
1001 Free Fonts has a clear label of what license each font is uploaded under when you browse, so it’s easy to see which fonts are completely free. Here you want to look for fonts that say Public Domain or just Free.
Font Squirrel is great because each font has a little legend next to it telling you what licenses the font has, and it even has little descriptions of what the licenses mean when you hover over them. You want to look for fonts that have all the little symbols coloured in black.
1001 Fonts – strangely similar name I know – has a tonne of great free fonts, and it even has a section where you can browse through just commercial use fonts here. Here you want to look for the green badge with the price tag over on the right – red means free for personal use, while green means free for commercial use.
Dafont is another site that lists the font license beside the font, though it’s not displayed as prominently as on some of these other sites. Here you want to look for 100% Free.
I’ll keep adding to this list over time as I find more places to get free fonts!