There are Unicode typefaces which are open-source and designed to contain glyphs of all Unicode characters, or at least a broad selection of Unicode scripts. There are also numerous projects aimed at providing only a certain script, such as the Arabeyes Arabic font. The advantage of targeting only some scripts with a font was that certain Unicode characters should be rendered differently depending on which language they are used in, and that a font that only includes the characters a certain user needs will be much smaller in file size compared to one with many glyphs. Unicode fonts in modern formats such as OpenType can in theory cover multiple languages by including multiple glyphs per character, though very few actually cover more than one language's forms of the unified Han characters.
Main article: GNU Unifont
GNU Unifont is a bitmap-based font created by Roman Czyborra that is present in most free operating systems and windowing systems such as Linux, XFree86 or the X.Org Server. The font is released under the GNU General Public License Version 2+ with a font embedding exception.
Main article: Fixed (typeface)
The Fixed X11 public-domain core bitmap fonts have provided substantial Unicode coverage since 1997.
Main article: Free UCS Outline Fonts
The Free UCS Outline Fonts (also known as freefont) is a font collection project. The project was started by Primož Peterlin and is currently administered by Steve White. The aim of this project has been to produce a package of fonts by collecting existing free fonts and special donations, to support as many Unicode characters as possible. The font family is released as GNU FreeFont under the GNU General Public License. It also supports several font formats, including PostScript, TrueType, and OpenType. For this reason the fonts are derived from original work made in FontForge, and stored in .sfd (Spline Font Database) files. The most recent release is from May 2012.
SIL International offers a large number of fonts, editors, translation and book production systems as part of their goal to bridge the digital divide to minority languages. This site contains many utilities for Windows systems, including right-to-left editors, keymappers, RTF translators, and high-quality, free Unicode fonts. SIL publish their fonts under their own SIL Open Font License. Typefaces include Charis SIL, Doulos SIL, Gentium and Andika.
Mark Williamson's MPH 2B Damase is a free font encoding many non-Latin scripts, including the Unicode 4.1 scripts in the Supplementary Multilingual Plane: Armenian, Cherokee, Coptic, Cypriot Syllabary, Cyrillic, Deseret, Georgian, Glagolitic, Gothic, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Limbu, Linear B (partial coverage), Old Italic, Old Persian cuneiform, Osmanya, Phoenician, Shavian, Syloti Nagri (no conjuncts), Tai Le (no combining tone marks), Thaana, Tifinagh, Ugaritic, and Vietnamese.
The IndUni fonts are a GPL-licensed font family with many accents and combining characters, especially suitable for Indic, Indian and Nepali (Sanskrit, Prakrit, Hindi) and Middle Eastern languages and Urdu in transliteration. It also includes characters for Avestan and for the Pinyin representation of Chinese, a set of Cyrillic characters and a basic set of Greek letters. The fonts implement almost the whole of the Multilingual European Subset 1 of Unicode. Also provided are keyboard handlers for Windows and the Mac, making input easy.
They are based on fonts designed by URW++ Design and Development Incorporated, and offer lookalikes for Courier, Helvetica, Times, Palatino, and New Century Schoolbook.
Main article: Noto fonts
Noto is a font family designed to cover all the scripts encoded in the Unicode standard. It is designed with the goal of achieving visual harmony (e.g., compatible heights and stroke thicknesses) across multiple languages/scripts. Commissioned by Google, the font is licensed under the SIL Open Font License. Until September 2015, the fonts were under the Apache License 2.0.
Main article: Cascadia Code
Cascadia Code is a purpose-built monospaced TrueType font for Windows Terminal, the new command-line interface for Microsoft Windows. It includes programming ligatures and was designed to enhance the look and feel of Windows Terminal, terminal applications and text editors such as Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. The font is open source under the SIL Open Font License and available on GitHub. It has been bundled with Windows Terminal since version 0.5.2762.0.
Kurinto is a large collection of Pan-Unicode, OFL-licensed fonts. The intended use-case is academic publishing, especially when authoring in Microsoft Word and publishing to PDF. None of the italic faces are true italics; they are simply sloped versions of the corresponding faces. The primary goal is to address issues when mixing languages using Latin script with secondary languages using other scripts.
In August 2020, Ray Larabie released a library of early fonts from the 1990s, prior to the establishment of his professional digital type firm Typodermic Fonts, into the public domain. Most of the fonts that were released were "experimental (,) interesting (, or) simply lousy" and were no longer of any commercial value. (Larabie retained copyright on other fonts from the same era that he continues to license and sell through Typodermic.) The fonts vary widely in their Unicode coverage.
Larabie had previously released the pan-Unicode "Canada 1500" into the public domain as a gesture to the Canadian sesquicentennial in 2017.
|Font name||License||Date / version||Notes|
|Amiri Font||OFL||2020-06-02 / 0.113||Digitalization of a Naskh styled Arabic metal typeface by the Bulaq Press of Cairo, Egypt|
|BabelStone Han||Arphic Public License||2020-07-19 / 13.0.8||A unicode CJK font with over 41,000 Han characters (hanzi, kanji, hanja), and over 53,000 unicode characters currently.|
|Bitstream Vera||Bitstream Vera fonts license Archived 2011-02-03 at the Wayback Machine||2003-04-16 / 1.10|
|Canada1500||Public domain (CC0)||2017-06-19 / 1.100||Created by Ray Larabie for the Canadian sesquicentennial; released into the public domain shortly before Canada Day 2017. A pan-Unicode extension of Larabie's "Mesmerize," in turn inspired by Kabel and Semplicità.|
|Cardo||OFL||2011-04-20 / 1.04||Unicode 6 and MUFI v3-compatible|
|Caslon Roman||OFL or BSD-like license||2001-12-16|
|CMU family||OFL||2012-08-29 / 0.7.0||An updated version of Computer Modern (CMU is an abbreviation for Computer Modern Unicode).|
|Culmus collection of fonts||GPL 2 + font exception||2018-09-30 / 0.133||A basic collection of Hebrew fonts aimed at Hebrew-speaking Linux and Unix community|
|DejaVu fonts||license||2016-07-30 / 2.37||A modification and wide extension of Bitstream Vera fonts|
|Droid fonts||Apache license||2007||A collection of fonts developed for Google's Android mobile phone operating system|
|Fedorovsk Unicode||GPL, OFL||Old Cyrillic script|
|Fira Sans||OFL||2018-03-20 / 4.3||Commissioned for Firefox OS|
|Fixed||1997||The Fixed X11 public-domain core bitmap fonts have provided substantial Unicode coverage since 1997.|
|Fixedsys Excelsior||public domain||2007 / 3.01||Based on Fixedsys.|
|Gentium||OFL or BSD-like license||2014-10-28 / 5.000|
|Ghostscript||GPL, AFPL, LPPL||2020-03-19 / 9.52||URW ++ Type 1 fonts, a free alternatives to 35 basic PostScript fonts—e.g. Type 1 version of Nimbus Roman No9 L, Nimbus Sans L, Nimbus Mono L, URW Bookman L, URW Gothic L and others|
|GNU Unifont||GPL-2.0-or-later with Font-exception-2.0||2022-09-13 / 15.0.01||GNU Unifont is a bitmap-based font created by Roman Czyborra that is present in most free operating systems.|
|"Hanazono Fonts" (in Japanese and English).||(permissive license)||2017-09-04||One of the few free software fonts that includes the whole CJK Unified Ideographs Extension C block, as well as many other (related) CJKV characters, such as the Kangxi Radicals and CJK Radicals Supplement blocks.|
|Hussar||OFL||2017-02-06 / 2.29 RC2||Loosely based on Spartan. The most recent (2019) general release of Hussar has a somewhat smaller glyph set.|
|IBM Plex||OFL||2019-06-05 / 2.0||IBM Plex is designed and developed by Mike Abbink at IBM in collaboration with Bold Monday. It is the replacement of Helvetica as the corporate typeface.|
|Junicode||GPL||2018-06-25 / 1.002|
|Kelvinch Font||OFL, free for any use||2016-04-18||Most Latin blocks fully populated + Cyrillic, Georgian, Armenian & Runes. Comes in Roman, Italic, Bold & Bold Italic.|
|Kurinto Font Folio||OFL||2020-07-26 / 2.196||Pan-Unicode, 21 typefaces, 506 fonts, coverage of most of Unicode v12.1 plus many auxiliary scripts including the UCSUR.|
|Latin Modern||GUST licence||Another derivative of Computer Modern|
|Lato||OFL||2015-08-06 / 2.015||Covers all Latin alphabets, along with Cyrillic, Greek, and IPA|
|Liberastika fonts||GPL + font exception||Is a derivative of Liberation fonts with improved Cyrillic|
|Liberation fonts||OFL||2019-03-04 / 2.00.5||Liberation is the collective name of four TrueType font families: Liberation Sans, Liberation Sans Narrow, Liberation Serif and Liberation Mono. These fonts are metrically compatible with Monotype Corporation's Arial, Arial Narrow, Times New Roman, and Courier New (respectively). Versions since 2.00 use OFL while older versions use GPL + font exception.|
|Linux Libertine||GPL, OFL||2012-07-06 / 5.3.0||Linux Libertine is a digital typeface created by the Libertine Open Fonts Project, which aims to create free and open alternatives to proprietary typefaces such as Times Roman.|
|M+ FONTS||OFL||Earlier versions of M+ were released under terms of "unlimited permission."|
|Menaion Unicode||GPL, OFL||Old Cyrillic script and Glagolitic script|
|Monomakh Unicode||GPL, OFL||Latin and Old Cyrillic script|
|New Athena Unicode||OFL||2019-12-08 / 5.007|
|Noto fonts||OFL||Commissioned by Google|
|Old Standard TT||GPL, OFL||2011-04-30 / 2.2||A Unicode font family for classical, medieval and Slavic studies; based upon Century — alternative download at fontspace.com
An unofficial extension, New Standard, is available at 1001Fonts and includes an expanded character set.
|Overpass||OFL||Commissioned by Red Hat as FOSS alternative to Interstate.|
|Oxygen fonts Archived 2020-03-29 at the Wayback Machine||GPL + font exception or OFL||Created by the KDE community, this font is optimised for the FreeType font rendering system and works well in all graphical user interfaces, desktops and devices. Alternative download at fontsquirrel.com|
|Ponomar Unicode||GPL, OFL||Old Cyrillic script|
|Quivira||Public domain||2019 / 4.1||11,053 glyphs, focusing mainly on Western scripts and limited emoji.|
|Roboto||Apache license||2017-08-03 / 2.138||A collection of fonts developed for Google's Android mobile phone operating system|
|SIL fonts||OFL||Typefaces include Charis SIL, Doulos SIL and Gentium.|
|Source Han Sans||OFL||2019||By Adobe|
|Source Han Serif||OFL||2017||By Adobe|
|Source Sans Pro and Source Code Pro||OFL||2019||By Adobe|
|Source Serif Pro||OFL||2019||By Adobe|
|Soyuz Grotesk||No copyright reserved||2017||Loosely and indirectly based on Helvetica. Primarily Latin and Cyrillic glyphs|
|Squarish Sans CT||OFL||2013||A clone of Bank Gothic, developed for the Aleph One game engine. Focuses mainly on Latin glyphs and some symbols.|
|STIX||OFL||2019 / 2.0.2||Based on Times New Roman.|
|Symbola||No license, "free for any use"||2018-02 / 10.24||A restrictive personal-use-only, no-derivative-works, no-redistribution license has been attached to all versions since version 11.|
|TeX Gyre collection of fonts||GUST licence|
|Tuffy||Public domain (PD-self)||2012-06-14 / 1.28||Scratch-built sans-serif font by Thatcher Ulrich, with additional contributions from Michael Everson|
|Ubuntu Font Family||Ubuntu Font License||2011-03-07 / Ubuntu 11.10|