If you need a handwriting font for your project, look no further. When we talk about handwriting fonts, we're not just referring to one style of typography; they can come in a variety of executions. They're in the same area as cursive fonts, but with fewer constraints and are often based on freeform illustrations.

Recently, this style of typography has been making more appearances than ever, with both print and digital platforms favouring it over more traditional offerings. Here, we've curated some of the best free fonts in a handwritten style for you to download and enjoy.

If you're a designer in need of some more options, explore our selection of professional fonts or dive into our comprehensive rundown of free fonts.

01. Shopping Script

Shopping Script font

Shopping script is free for personal use

If you're after a flowing handwritten font with its own signature style (no pun intended), Shopping Script could be the way to go. Created by Hungarian designer Roland Huse, this handwritten font set covers your basic characters and numbers (A-Z, 0-9, both upper and lower case). Download it now for free for personal use. A full version can be found on Huse's online store.

02. Ambarella

Free handwriting fonts: Ambarella

Ambarella, free for personal and commercial use, sets a modern tone

Ambarella is a beautiful free typeface from Polem Studio. Free for both personal and commercial use, the design includes various swashes, alternates and Western European characters.

03. Something Wild

Free handwriting fonts: Something Wild

Something Wild has an authentic feel

Add an authentic handwritten feel to your designs with this gorgeous handwritten type design Something Wild. Available over on Pixelbuddha, Something Wild will add a touch of personality to your designs, making it perfect for poster and flyer designs

04. No Time

Free handwriting fonts: No Time

Graphic designer Paula Painmar has no time for free handwriting fonts

Graphic designer Paula Painmar is the lady behind this quirky, tongue-in-cheek handwriting font. On her Behance page she states: "Expressive, aggressive and different. This font was created by the handwriting of a stressed designer."

05. Kristi

Free handwriting fonts: Kristi

Kristi is an elegant and quirky free handwriting font

Designed by Birgit Pulk, is an elegant and quirky free handwriting font with flowing ligatures that remind us of fountain pen writing. The capital letter glyphs would work particularly well in headers.

06. Over the Rainbow

Free handwriting fonts: Over the rainbow

A handwriting font to make you smile

"This font always makes me smile," says the designer of this sweetly named font, Kimberly Geswein. "Something about the style of the handwriting just makes me feel happy. It is slightly connected but not a true script by any means and will lend an upbeat feel to any project you use it on."

07. Stay Writer

Free handwriting fonts: Stay Writer

Add charm to your designs with the handmade font family, Stay Writer handwriting font

Charming handwriting font Stay Writer was created by graphic designer and illustrator Faraz Ahmad. "A hand-drawn display font, every single letter has been carefully crafted to make your text looks beautiful," Ahmad comments on Behance. 

08. SoulMarker

Free handwriting fonts: SoulMarker

Handwriting font SoulMarker is available in two styles; light and bold

Handwriting type design SoulMarker was also created by Faraz Ahmad. Available in two styles, light and bold, SoulMarker is great for a variety of print and digital projects.

09. Claire Hand

Free handwriting fonts: Claire Hand

Claire Hand is ‘fun, bold and friendly’

The team at Australian-based design agency Team Scope are behind handwriting font Claire Hand. Available over on Behance, the team describe the design as: "fun, bold and friendly, and its handwritten style represents our commitment to creative spontaneity (you know how the best ideas get scribbled down on a napkin?). Because we're serious design tragics, we even created each letter in two different weights so it's even more individual."

10. Cavorting

Free handwriting fonts: Cavorting

Type designer Missy Meyer created Cavorting in one day

"This is a one-day font," says Cavorting typeface creator Missy Meyer. "I created the letterforms and did all the spacing and kerning in one day." Meyer describes the handwritten typeface as a 'goofy little handwriting font' and offers it free for both personal and commercial use.

11. Mightype

Free handwriting fonts: Mightype

Mightype is great for packaging designs, branding and much more.

Free for both personal and commercial use, Mightype was created by designers Mats-Peter Forss and Adam Fathony. A handlettered script font, Mightype is great for packaging designs, branding and much more.

12. Reis

Free handwriting fonts: Reis

Reis was created by art director Marcelo Reis Melo

This handwritten design Reis was created by art director Marcelo Reis Melo. Great for posters, logos and much more, Reis is available free for personal and commercial use, with donations to the author, as always, appreciated.

13. Bellaboo

Free handwriting fonts: Bellaboo

Bellaboo is great for creating eye-catching headlines, posters and more

In need of an authentic handwritten font for your latest project? Bellaboo, another design by art director Marcelo Reis Melo, may be just what you're looking for. A bold design, Bellaboo is great for creating eye-catching headlines, posters and more.

14. Ludicrous

Free handwriting fonts: Ludicrous

Ludicrous is another free handwritten font from designer Missy Meyer

Another free handwriting font from Missy Meyer, Ludicrous is great for giving your projects an authentic handmade feel. "With every font, I learn something new," she comments on Behance. "This time around, I did my first ligatures, and included the 15 lowercase letter pairs I thought were most common."

15. Tragic Marker

Free handwriting fonts: Tragic Marker

This chunky font was whipped up in 24 hours

As we've seen, Missy Meyer is a runaway talent when it comes to creating free handwriting fonts. With Tragic Marker she has created a satisfyingly chunky font that looks like it's been scribbled with a Sharpie. And most impressively of all, it was created in just one day while she learned more aspects of type creation.

16. Skinny

Free handwriting fonts: Skinny

Skinny is completely free for commercial use

This handwriting font is, by far, the most popular of the type designs offered online by the artist known as notfon1234. The last update to the design saw a clean up to the spacing and characters, and the font is now completely free for commercial use.

17. Gunny Rewritten

Free handwriting fonts: Gunny Rewritten

Gunny Rewritten is based on type designer Vit Condak’s older font Gunny Handwriting

Based on his older font Gunny Handwriting, type designer Vit Condak released this new free handwriting font Gunny Rewritten. Unhappy with his original version, Condak completety remade the design and now offers it as a free download for all to enjoy.

18. Halo Handletter

Free handwriting fonts: Halo Handletter

Designer Mario Arturo specialises in fancy and script fonts

This elegant handwriting font was developed by graphic designer Mario Arturo. One of over 20 fonts created by Arturo, who specialises in fancy and script designs, Halo Handletter is perfect example of the latter. Free for non-commercial use only.

19. Yore

Free handwriting fonts: Yore

Yore is a playful take on the more traditional script fonts

Created by Vietnamese designer Poem haiku, the Yore script is a fun take on the more traditional script offerings. Yore is perfect for content experimentation and might even work well on a branding project or two.

20. Whatever It Takes

Free handwriting fonts: Whatever It Takes

The designer asks for a $8 donation if the font is used for commercial purposes

The Whatever It Takes free handwriting font harks back to those school boards and chalk typography. It's free for personal and non-profit use. However, its creator, designer Brittney Murphy, does however, ask for a $8 donation for commercial use, which we think is still a bargain. There's a bold version, too.

21. Before Breakfast

Free handwriting fonts: Before Breakfast

Designer Simon Stratford created Before Breakfast using iPad app iFontMaker in under 10 minutes

Designer Simon Stratford discovered iPad app iFontMaker and created a font with it in under 10 minutes. The result? This hand drawn typeface Before Breakfast. It may not be one of the most considered entries in our free fonts list, but, as Stratford comments: "It's a fun, handwritten typeface that probably breaks every rule in typography."

22. L'Engineer

Free handwriting fonts: L'Engineer

A free handwriting font that comes in an array of different languages

One of our favourite free handwriting fonts, this design by Ferdie Balderas comes in regular and italic as well as capital and lower-case letters. He's even made it supportive of a number of different languages including French, Spanish and Polish.

23. Calligraffiti

Free handwriting fonts: Calligrafiti

Calligraffiti is an elegant and simple free single-weight font with 228 glyphs

Spanning both the genres of handwriting fonts and calligraphy fonts, Calligraffiti is an elegant and simple free single-weight font with 228 glyphs, designed by Open Window.

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24. Sketch Block

Free handwriting fonts: Sketch Block

Grab people’s attention with this bold, headline font. Image © Lukas Bischoff

This hand-sketched headline font was designed by artist Lukas Bischoff. He comments: "Created solely by me sketching by hand and then digitised, Sketch Block makes a perfect font to create the handmade character look, or to supplement illustrations with typography." Free for personal use only, it's one of the nicest free handwriting fonts we've seen in a long time.

25. GoodDog

Free handwriting fonts: GoodDog

Incorporate this curly, decorative font by Fonthead Design into your personal projects

A contemporary and decorative font, GoodDog was created by Fonthead Design. The curly typeface is a popular choice, having been downloaded over two million times since its release. This free handwriting font comes complete with a full set of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and characters.

26. J.D Handcrafted

Free handwriting fonts: J.D Handcrafted

This stylish, script-style design was created by Emerald City Fontwerks

J.D Handcrafted is one of 16 fonts created by Emerald City Fontwerks, the stylish design being one of the studio's most popular. The brush, script-style typeface is free for personal use, with a full set of characters at your disposal.

27. Amatic

Free handwriting fonts: Amatic

Amatic is available for free download in both regular and bold styles

A quirky, narrow and condensed design by typographer Vernon Adams, this free handwriting font is perfectly suited to designs on the funny side, such as comedy strips. Amatic only includes uppercase letters but comes in both regular and bold styles.

28. Journal

Free handwriting fonts: Journal

Free handwriting font Journal includes a full set of lower and uppercase letters, numbers and special characters

Created by Hans Gerhard Meier aka Fontourist, this beautiful script-style font's name explains exactly the type of design its suited to. This font is extremely popular, with over three million downloads so far.

29. Mari & David

Free handwriting fonts: Mari & David

You can also receive numbers and symbols with this free handwriting font

The charming free handwriting font was designed by Chilean designer and typographer Rodrigo Araya Salas. The Mari & David font comes in regular, bold and extrabold, which means there's plenty to play around with. You can also receive numbers and symbols in this style when you download the font.

30. Daniel

Free handwriting fonts: Daniel

All three styles of the Daniel font are available as a free download

Daniel is one of many fonts created by designer Daniel Midgley. Free for both personal and commercial use, Daniel includes a full set of upper and lowercase characters, numbers and various special characters.

31. Sumitra

Free handwriting fonts: Sumitra

This is a handwriting font with plenty of versatility

This gorgeous handwriting font was created by Nepal-based graphic designer and typographer Ananda Maharjan. Placing the font on a base of watercolours as well as a white canvas ensures that its versatility shines.

32. Mawns' Handwriting

Free handwriting fonts: Mawns' Handwriting

One of many type designs from graphic designer Måns Grebäck

This free handwriting font was created by Måns Grebäck; a graphic designer specialising in font, logotype, and typography design. Mawns' Handwriting is free for personal use, with donations to the designer very welcome.

33. Scribulous Scrawlin'

Free handwriting fonts: Scribulous Scrawlin'

This free handwriting font has a great chalk effect for your designs

We had to pop a chalk-style free handwriting font in the list and this one which was designed Alphabeta85 is a perfect addition. It comes in both capitalised and lower-case, as well as numbers, punctuation, and symbols. Make sure you only use it for personal work.

34. Linny

Free handwriting fonts: Linny

This cute font is actually the designer’s real handwriting

This cutesy font was designed by Maya aka Linny. This handwriting type is actually Maya's handwriting and after being asked to develop the font for personal use, she finally did! It comes in upper and lower case, as well as numbers and punctuation.

35. Fatstack

Free handwriting fonts: Fatstack

Use this heavy-duty handwriting font for bold design work

We love this heavy duty, scribble-friendly font designed by Blambot Fonts. Consisting purely of capital letters, this is a free handwriting font that would be perfect for some seriously bold design work. You can also grab some punctuation and numbers in the free package.

36. Architect's Daughter

Free handwriting fonts: Architect's Daughter

This neat, blocky handwriting font was inspired by architectural grids

Inspired by architectural grids, this neat, blocky handwriting font Architect's Daughter was created by Kimberly Geswein. Author of over 200 fonts, Geswein offers many of her designs, including this one, free for personal use.

37. Worstveld Sling Extra

Free handwriting fonts: Worstveld Sling

Worstveld Sling Extra is a popular handwriting design

One of 82 typefaces developed by Gem Fonts, Worstveld Sling Extra is one of its most popular hand writing designs, receiving over 400,000 downloads since its release. Free for personal use, this free handwriting font family includes a full set of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and various special characters.

38. Housegrind

Free handwriting fonts: Housegrind

This cool script font was created by graphic designer Måns Grebäck. llustration © Måns Grebäck

This cool script font was created by graphic designer Måns Grebäck, who specialises in logotypes and typography. Free for personal use only, a commercial licence for Housegrind can be purchased via Grebäck's website.

39. VersionType

Free handwriting fonts: VersionType

VersionType is designed to be playful and loose

A condensed sans-serif font, VersionType was created by senior designer Victor Coreas. "It is meant to be playful and very loose," he comments. The typeface includes a full set of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters, and it's free for personal and non-profit use.

40. Billy

Free handwriting fonts: Billy

Billy is based on Claire Joines’ own handwriting

Created by Claire Joines, Billy is a font made from her own handwriting. "Because it's my own handwriting it didn't take me long to make," says Claire, "So I decided to put it online for other people to use freely!"

It's free for personal and non-profit use (although attribution or a thank you would be nice); if you want to use it commercially, get in touch with Claire. She'll normally ask for attribution and a small donation.

41. Novito Nova

Free handwriting fonts: Novito Nova

“This font was made for making people happy,” Nina comments

Novito Nova was created by Russian designer Nina Pu. "This font was made for making people happy," she comments on Behance. A whimsical design, Novito Nova is great for providing projects with an authentic handmade feel.

42. Mink Type

Free handwriting fonts: Minkie

Mink Type features three variations for each letter to keep things fresh

Mink Type was created by New York-based art director Filiz Sahin. "Mink Type is a cool, handpainted display typeface that was developed using brush tools in Illustrator," she comments. "Each letter has three variations including upper and lower cases so you can create a custom feel for your designs."

43. Happy Fox

Free handwriting fonts: Happy Fox

All the Caldentey and Llull ask for in return for this free download is a simple tweet

This Happy Fox font design was a collaborative effort between illustrator Laura Caldentey and Fran Llull. Wanting a thin font to use in their projects, Caldentey drew an alphabet and a selection of glyphs, and worked closely with Llull to refine her creation into this final design.

44. Dickie

Free handwriting fonts: Dickie

Freelance designer David Ellis created handwritten font Dickie using MyScriptFont

Freelance designer David Ellis created handwritten font Dickie using MyScriptFont, an online tool that allows you to create a vector font from your own handwriting. "It’s a great starting point as there aren’t that many great handwriting style fonts out there and it’s a pretty quick process," Ellis comments.

45. Abeer

Free handwriting fonts: Abeer

Handwriting font Abeer is suitable for all manner of creative projects

Handwriting font Abeer, from Creative Tacos, has a playful style and imperfect flow designed to give your text a unique and natural look. The typeface includes a huge number of glyphs, making it suitable for all manner of creative projects.

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