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Beautiful and Free

What I want to introduce here are not a bunch of links to some Arabic-looking “exotic” Latin-script fonts. The fonts here are true Arabic fonts ready to be used in any Arabic or Persian (Farsi) layout.

As you might have noticed there are not that many companies making Arabic fonts. The reason for that might be the fact that one cannot make any money by designing Arabic or Persian typefaces. So most of the efforts in this field is done by a few companies (like Linotype, Monotype, and some others) outside the Middle East. I list them all in the near future in another post about commercial Arabic and Persian (Farsi) fonts, but here I introduce the available free fonts I find most useful. Some of them are made by support from the local governments (Uthman, Nastaliq, Neirizi) and some others are made by individuals. Most of them can be used for styling text in any Arabic-script language including Arabic, Persian (Farsi), Dari, Kurdish (Sorani), Punjabi, Pashto, Urdu, Kashmiri, Sindhi, and Uyghur.


7 Free Arabic Fonts

Sharif FarsiWeb Fonts

Free Arabic Sharif FarsiWeb Fonts
Sharif FarsiWeb Fonts (3806 downloads)


Uthman Taha Naskh Font

Free Arabic Uthman Taha Naskh Font
Uthman Taha Naskh Font (2684 downloads)


IRMUG Fonts

Free Arabic and Persian IRMUG Fonts
Link to “IRMUG Fonts”


Iran-Nastaliq Font

Free Farsi Nastaliq Font
Link to “Iran-Nastaliq”


Farhood Font

Free Arabic and Persian Farhood Font
Farhood Font (1624 downloads)


Neirizi Font

Free Arabic Font-Naskh Neirizi
Link to “Neirizi Font”


Dastnevis Font

Free Persian Dastnevis Font
Dast Nevis Font (3390 downloads)


Do you know any other free Arabic or Persian font? Leave a link in the comments to be included in the list.


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59 Responses to 7 Free Arabic/Persian Fonts (and Font Sets) You Can’t Miss

  1. Great Changeable Mind says:

    Great post! Lovely fonts

  2. This is the “B” collection, containing 31 Persian fonts:

    http://adibmasumian.webs.com/bfonts.ace

  3. Lusalinas says:

    Thank you very much, lovely collection. Luis

  4. Omid2_hadi says:

    hi
    i need a Arabic font that wildcards been true and complete. for example albayan or taher
    if somebody have albayan font please send to me
    omid2_hadi@@yahoo:disqus .com

    thanks

  5. DS Rachmat says:

    Thanks for arabic font
    it’s useful for me

  6. Saadat Raees says:

    thanks

  7. lovely collection … tanks for share this 🙂

  8. kathryn says:

    This might be a stupid question, but when I download the fonts, they are still an English font. They aren’t the characters in the sample.  Is there something I have to do to change this?

  9. Peterdewolf says:

    Many thanks for these

  10. Sasan says:

    Very nice set of fonts, thnak you Alefba 🙂
    maybe you are interested in Iranian Sans another nice typface designed by Hooman Mehr  http://writeweb.ir/1390/03/iraniansans-gooder-style/

  11. Stuck says:

    Does anyone have the Naskh font in ascii format rather than unicode if that is possible. My application only accepts .txt files in ascii not unicode and i wish to add a form of Arabic to the text avaliable 

  12. Fhh_fa says:

    is it for Mac?

  13. hadid says:

    Just a note: The link on this page is to an older version (0.07) of the Uthman Taha Naskh font. It’s now on version 0.09. You can download it directly from the font developer here:
    http://fonts.qurancomplex.gov.sa/?page_id=608

  14. Rfk Mv40 says:

    very nice fonts

  15. stephan faessler says:

    hi there.
    Can someone help me with one of these fonts. I am repainting the new start-up ‘Saha Airline’ though I don’t speak or can read Persian.
    Would need an  image/text in .psd format with the name ‘Saha Airline’ in Persian like in the picture here from the front fuselage:

    http://www.airliners.net/photo/Saha-Airlines/Airbus-A300B4-622R/1763009/L/&sid=5c9f9621ff01973c2847ebcccce62a55

    email: admin[at]impulseai[dot]com

    this is non commercial and free use, here my site: http://www.impulseai.com

    thanks stephan

  16. Davood Taravat says:

    i can t download ple help mee
    davood.taravat@@gmail:disqus .com

  17. Hasti AL says:

    dears,
    i can’t download,could you please help me?
    thanks
     

  18. john says:

    these don’t download!!!

  19. sheri says:

    Hi I have downloaded Iran nastaliq, but it does´nt write the letters together.

    what am I doing wrong??

    I have a mac!

    Pls Pls help someone!!!

    • Alefba says:

      It seems you are trying to use the fonts on Microsoft Word on Mac. Microsoft Word on Mac does not support Arabic script. You need to write in TextEdit and save it as RTF or DOC.

  20. Dina says:

    I downloaded them and when I choose the font in word, it’s still English letters… for both Neiriz & IranNastaliq….

  21. Maryam says:

    I also donwloaded the fonts, but I don’t know what I have do now! lol
    I mean I want to use these fonts in MS Word! so how do they work! (I’m not dummy, just a bit confused!)
    Thanks

  22. Jim says:

    Hi, very nice fonts. I have Mac Mountain Lion, using LibreOffice word processor set up for R-to-L. Geeza Pro (default Persian font, I believe) works fine. However, Roya, Nazli, IranNastaliq are not connecting the individual characters. Any suggestions?

  23. Seenah says:

    Why I cannot download any of them?

  24. Junaid says:

    The links aren’t working 🙁

  25. Erfan says:

    I don’t know how can I write my own words without space among them!!
    I’ve used “Pages” application then I’ve seen:
    س ل ا م
    stead of
    سلام

  26. Hamzah says:

    are they free for commercial use?

  27. اسد says:

    I think messages like “links aren’t working” are because of the blue buttons below the font sample, with “Download Font name” text on, which do not work (for me at least) in Opera 12.16 and Firefox 23. The font can still be downloaded by clicking the title (font name on top) or the thumbnail below it.

  28. الفدا says:

    شُكْرًا

  29. SeanC says:

    I have already enabled Farsi both on Windows 7 and on MS-Word 201 but I am not able to open any of the zip files or fonts in Windows 7. The error message says “the compressed zip folder is invalid”. The Farhood font is the only one which is not in a zip folder. I get an error message when I try to install it on Windows Fonts, that “farhood.ttf” is not a valid font. I really like these fonts and would appreciate any tips to help resolve this issue.

    • Alefba says:

      None of these files are hosted by this site. Neither we had any role in creating them.
      having said that, all of them work on our computer with no problem. So most probably there is an issue in your computer.

  30. very great persian fonts…ty

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