Papyrus Font-Download Free

About The Font

Papyrus is a typeface that successfully combines the beauty of a traditional Roman letterform with the handwritten look of highly skilled calligraphy. It is one of the most used fonts in history. Microsoft programs use the font for windows. Starting from the 10.3 Panther version, released in 2003, MacOS also used this font as a part of its basic installation.

A graphic and web designer called Chris Costello created this font in 1882. Then he sold the font for $750 to a London-based company called Letraset. A year later, they published the font in 1983. Now ITC (International Typeface Corporation) owns the typeface. Still the designer receives a certain amount of royalty despite the fonts inclusion on all computers running a Windows or Mac operating system since 2000.

The designer wanted to create a typeface that would look like it was written on papyrus 2000 years ago. The font was designed over six months using calligraphy pens and textured paper. Costello got the inspiration for creating this typeface from the Bible. He wanted to see what a font looked like in Biblical times in the Middle East. 

The Papyrus font has 387 characters, 94 glyphs, and 56 language support. This TTF font can be found in regular style only. It has several distinctive characteristics, such as irregular curves, rough edges, and higher horizontal strokes in capital letters.

The Papyrus font still has some inconvenient features that sometimes bother the users. One thing that makes the font “bad” is that, it poorly manages the visual weights 

within each of its letters. It makes the font have an even texture that can’t be read easily when set in body copy. Also, it doesn’t have a lot of options for changes in color or size. It is pretty challenging to move the font back and forth while editing the text and previewing the design.

The font has another regular version called version 1.00. This typeface has 241 characters and 331 glyphs.

The Historia Font is a similar typeface to the Papyrus Font.


The Papyrus font has a mass usage. Microsoft and macOS both use this font in various applications. Many famous movies and mass media companies have also used this font for their logos, including Avatar and Disney Plus. 

So, there is no doubt about using this font on any of your personal or official projects. You can use this font on the covers, titles, websites, online platforms, and other noted spots. The Papyrus font would look perfect for any design purpose. Like banners, visiting cards, brochures, etc.

As this font looks like an ancient font, you can use it in any historically based TV show.

Papyrus Font View


Font information

StyleHandwritten, Script
AuthorChris Costello
File FormatTTF
Font LicenceFree for personal use.


Papyrus Font is here to download. In order to download the font hit the download font button below. Make sure you use it for personal use only. Commercial use is highly prohibited without permission of the author.

Supported Language

Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Gaelic (Irish, Scots), Gagauz (Latin), Galician, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Karelian, Ladin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Moldavian (Latin), Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romanic, Romanian, Saami (Southern), Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Sorbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin).

License Information

Remember this is a freeware font which means it is only for personal use. If you want to use this font for commercial purpose then click here to buy its license.

Font FAQs

  • What type of font is Papyrus?
    Ans: Papyrus is a Handwritten Script font designed by Chris Costello.
  • Is Papyrus Font safe to download and use in My PC and MAC?
    Ans: Yes, It is 100% safe to download for both PC and MAC.
  • Is there any font similar to Papyrus in Google Fonts?
    Ans: Yes, It has. The closest similar alternative in Google fonts to Papyrus is Special Elite.
  • Is it OK to use this on an online platform?
    Ans: Yes, you can use the Papyrus font on the online platform.
  • How to install Papyrus font in Computer?
    Ans: Check PC or Mac instructions link to install Papyrus Font on your computer.

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