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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Font Squirrel? Is that really the best name you could come up with?

Umm, yes.

2. Are all these fonts really free for commercial use?

As far as we know, yes. Please read the license on each font before you use them to be sure. And if you happen to find one that you think is not commercial, then please tell us. Also, some licenses may allow more uses than others. We have tried our best to mark fonts for different common uses. Read FAQ #7 below about embedding for more info.

3. I have a sample of a font I want identified. Can you help?

An amazing tool for solving those mysteries is the free MyFonts WhatTheFont tool.

4. What are the fonts you used for Font Squirrel?

The logo uses a font called MEgalopolis Extra by the SMeltery foundry. Get it for free at the fontsquirrel site. The headers use a font called Trump Gothic East by Canada Type (I know, I know, it's not free... but it's beautiful!). You can buy it at Fontspring here. It's a great price for an awesome unlimited domain and pageviews web license.

5. Can I just download all these in one shot?

No, not at this time because: Some of the fonts we feature here have a restriction in the license that prohibits us from redistributing the fonts. In those cases we send users to the foundry's website to download.

6. Why are some fonts not allowed through the generator?

Fonts are blacklisted from our Webfont Generator for one of three reasons:

If a known free font gets snagged in our blacklist, email us a copy of the font and we'll add it to our whitelist.

If you have an @font-face license: You should contact the company with whom you purchased the @font-face license. You can obtain your webfonts from them. If you need to purchase an @font-face license, you can do so at our sister website Most of Fontspring's vendors sell @font-face licenses and none of Fontspring's vendors have asked to be on the blacklist.

7. I get an error when I try to install the font. Is it safe to use?

Both Windows and Mac haven't tightened up their standards for fonts and many older fonts are being flagged for various reasons. When these operating systems flag a font, they make it seem like the end of the world if you continue with the installation. Here is our opinion: WE CANNOT guarantee that the font IS safe. However, the word on the street is that everyone is ignoring these warnings. We have yet to hear of any problems as a result of ignoring errors. So, for what it is worth, we think that you can continue using the older fonts. Keep in mind, that this is just an opinion and please let us know if you find any information to the contrary.

8. Can these fonts be embedded in web pages, PDFs, eBooks, or Applications?

Each font has an row of symbols indicating what typical uses we think it allows for free. Please read the license though on any font you plan to use just to make sure.

Have a question that isn't answered here? Ask us via our contact page on the fontsquirrel web site. We'll get back to you.

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