Open-source Unicode typefaces
A few projects exist to provide free and open-source Unicode typefaces, i.e. Unicode typefaces which are open-source and designed to contain glyphs of all Unicode characters. However, 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 a large number of 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.
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.
The Fixed X11 public-domain core bitmap fonts have provided substantial Unicode coverage since 1997.
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 and Gentium.
MPH 2B Damase
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 very easy.
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.
|Font name||License||Version / date||Notes|
|Amiri Font||OFL||0.111 (30 Dec 2017)||Arabic script, Naskh style|
|Bitstream Vera||Bitstream Vera fonts license||2002|
|Cardo||OFL||Unicode 6 and MUFI v3-compatible|
|Caslon Roman||OFL or BSD-like license||2001-12-16|
|CMU family||OFL||An updated version of Computer Modern (CMU is an abbreviation for Computer Modern Unicode).|
|Culmus||GPL 2 + font exception||0.132 (18 Jan 2018)||A basic collection of Hebrew fonts aimed at Hebrew-speaking GNU/Linux and Unix community|
|DejaVu fonts||license||2.35 (17 May 2015)||A modification and wide extension of Bitstream Vera fonts|
|Droid fonts||Apache license||A collection of fonts developed for Google's Android mobile phone operating system|
|Fedorovsk Unicode||GPL, OFL||Old Cyrillic script|
|Fixed||1997||The Fixed X11 public-domain core bitmap fonts have provided substantial Unicode coverage since 1997.|
|Fixedsys Excelsior||public domain||3.01 / 2007|
|Gentium||OFL or BSD-like license||5.000 (2014-10-28)|
|Ghostscript||GPL, AFPL, LPPL||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+||GNU Unifont is a bitmap-based font created by Roman Czyborra that is present in most free operating systems.|
|Hanazono Minchō[in Japanese]||(permissive license)||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.|
|Junicode||GPL||0.7.8 / 30 December 2012|
|Kelvinch Font||OFL, free for any use||Most Latin blocks fully populated + Cyrillic, Georgian, Armenian & Runes. Comes in Roman, Italic, Bold & Bold Italic.|
|Latin Modern||GUST licence|
|Lato||OFL||2.015 / 6 August 2015||Covers all Latin alphabets, along with Cyrillic, Greek, and IPA|
|Linux Libertine||GPL, OFL||5.3.0 / July 2012||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.|
|Liberation fonts||OFL||2.00.0 / July 18, 2012||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.|
|Liberastika fonts||GPL + font exception||Is a derivative of Liberation fonts with improved Cyrillic|
|M+ FONTS||Permissive free software licence||v 060 / 2015-06-15|
|Menaion Unicode||GPL, OFL||Old Cyrillic script and Glagolitic script|
|Monomakh Unicode||GPL, OFL||Latin and Old Cyrillic script|
|New Athena Unicode||OFL|
|Noto fonts||OFL||Commissioned by Google|
|Old Standard TT||GPL, OFL||A Unicode font family for classical, medieval and Slavic studies — alternative download at fontspace.com|
|Ponomar Unicode||GPL, OFL||Old Cyrillic script|
|Roboto||Apache license||2.001047; 2015||A collection of fonts developed for Google's Android mobile phone operating system|
|SIL fonts||OFL||Typefaces include Charis SIL, Doulos SIL and Gentium.|
|Ubuntu Font Family||Ubuntu Font License||Ubuntu 11.10 / 7 March 2011|
|Source Sans Pro and Source Code Pro||OFL||2012||By Adobe|
|Source Serif Pro||OFL||2014||By Adobe|
|Source Han Sans||OFL||2014||By Adobe|
|Source Han Serif||OFL||2017||By Adobe|
|Symbola||No license, "free for any use"||10.23 (December 2017)||Versions of Symbola from version 10.24 onward are released under a license that prohibits commercial and educational use.|
|TeX Gyre collection of fonts||GUST licence|
|Oxygen fonts||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|
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- NRSI: Computers and Writing Systems
- Details for MPH 2B Damase
- IndUni fonts, by John Smith
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- Google Font Directory
- Unicode Font Guide For Free/Libre Open Source Operating Systems, a huge index of high quality free fonts
- SIL's freeware fonts, editors and documentation
- GNU Unifont
- Unicode FAQ for UNIX systems
- Unicode fonts and tools for X11
- Free Font Compilation made from the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. The fonts can be downloaded individually or as a complete package ready with installers for Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows