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Is there a list of ALL commercially available fonts? Ideally, this list indexed by font name, foundry, font CDN (i.e., Typekit or Google Fonts) and type of license.

With >5K fonts now in circulation, it's gotten very difficult to know what's expected from the use of a given font.

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This might be a good starting point ... "A complete list of commercial, freeware and shareware foundries" –  dodgy_coder Oct 24 '13 at 2:21
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The Precision Type Font Reference Guide version 5.0 published in 1995 listed 13,000+ fonts --- even at that time, there were estimated to be over 20,000 designs.

There hasn't been a single comprehensive list of all type designs since shortly after Gutenberg.

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While a good idea on paper (riffing off of @WillAdams answer), there is little practicality or feasibility in compiling such a list, especially since licenses will change over time. Between Adobe and Monotype, there are at least 20k currently in circulation, and then there are the uncounted boutique type foundries pushing out new designs to consider.

Given that scale and scope of fonts available, if you do wish to use a particular font, going to the creator's site and researching the license yourself would be best.

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I don't think there can ever be a master list considering fonts are being released every day, but Typedia is trying. Identifont has a pretty decent list too.

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If you have an iOS device, FontBook is a fun app. From their site:

If typography were a religion, this would be the Bible. FontBook is the world’s most comprehensive typographic reference tool, documenting the libraries of over 130 international type foundries who publish the works of more than 1,660 type designers. FontBook App covers nearly 37,000 typefaces from 8,000+ font families.

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No, there is no master list.

(la la la, a few extra characters to make answer valid...)

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