Free Unicode Fonts

This seems to be a re-occurring topic on Stack Overflow: where can you get free fonts for Unicode characters?

There may be some misunderstandings on Unicode and fonts and Unicode fonts which cause the question, and makes the answer more difficult than you would expect:

From the Unicode website:

The Unicode Standard is a character coding system designed to support the worldwide interchange, processing, and display of the written texts of the diverse languages and technical disciplines of the modern world.

The standard defines 107,361 characters or code points as of version 5.2. Unicode also defines a set of properties for each character, and algorithms such as line breaking.

Fonts that “support Unicode” promise to the operating system or to the application that uses them that they provide an accurate graphical representation (glyph) of the code points they implement. A “Unicode font” typically does not cover each and every Unicode code point, but rather only subsets of the standard (Unicode Blocks).

Typically it is the operating system’s responsibility to find a matching font when displaying Unicode text.

So how can you find a free Unicode font supporting most of the characters? Here’s a list of links:


Alphabetical scripts

CJK fonts

  • Hanazono (52,809 CJK characters, full Ext A, Ext C, partial Ext B)


Font Lists

2 Responses to Free Unicode Fonts

  1. […] now and again, I visited the websites of Jim Breen and Unicode, downloaded fonts, built a vocabulary trainer, and so on. One of the latest activities was an analysis of the Unicode […]

  2. […] I developed my YuJisho online dictionary web application, I was looking for freely available fonts and dictionary data related to CJK […]

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