There are two types of malayalam fonts ASCII and Unicode. There are lot of malayalam fonts available in ASCII and Unicode format. Some of them are Proprietary and some of them are released on GNU/GPL License.
Lot of Malayalam unicode fonts are available for free download.
Anjali Old Lipi, Meera, Manjari, Rachana, Dyuthi, Keraleeyam, Uroob, Chilanka, Karumbi, Kalyani, Raghu, Suruma, Noto Sans, Sokanasini, Deshabhimani, Samathwa, Kayyoor, Nellu are the Malayalam Fonts Listed Here for free download. They are free to download and use. All these fonts are released under open license.
Anjali Old Lipi Malayalam Font Preview
Anjali Old Lipi is a regular malayalam font created by Kevin and Siji. Current Version of the font is 6.1.1. it is an orginal Malayalam script with Unicode mapping and Opentype features.
Copyright - Digitized data copyright © 2004 Kevin & Siji, 2008 Hiran Venugopalan, 2014 Rajeesh K Nambiar, Swathanthra Malayalam Computing. This Font Software is licensed under the SIL Open Font License, Version 1.1.
Meera Malayalam Font Preview
Meera is a Malayalam traditional script font created for the GNU system. It is a Medium OpenType font. The inspiration for this font is drawn from Rachana Aksharavedi.
People who created this font are
Copyright (C) 2007-2014 Hussain K.H, Suresh P, Santhosh Thottingal, Rajeesh K Nambiar, Swathanthra Malayalam Computing (http://smc.org.in). License of this font is GNU GPL v3.0Download Meera Font
Manjari Malayalam Font Preview
Manjari is a Malayalam unicode font created by Santhosh Thottingal. Manjari font is available in Regular, Bold and Thin variants. It is an OpenType font. The font is released by SMC.
People who created this font are
Copyright (C) 2016 Santhosh Thottingal, Swathanthra Malayalam Computing (http://smc.org.in). License of this font is OFl V 1.1Download Manjari Font Bold Download Manjari Font Regular Download Manjari Font Thin
Rachana Malayalam Font Preview
Rachana is a traditional Malayalam font created by Rachana Akshara Vedi in 2005. It contains exhaustive character set of Malayalam and is primarily created for the GNU/Linux system.
Current maintainers of this font are Mr.Hussain K H, Suresh P, Santhosh Thottingal, Rajeesh K Nambiar and Swathanthra Malayalam Computing.
Rachana Bold Malayalam Font Preview
Rachana Bold is created by designer of Rachana font, K.H Hussain . Opentype featuring is done by Rajeesh K Nambiar. This font is developed and maintained by Swathanthra Malayalam Computing. Rachana bold is developed with the financial support from International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), Govt of Kerala in 2014-15.
The license of Rachana font is GPLv3 or Later+ Font Exception and Rachana Bold is OFL 1.1.
Dyuthi Malayalam Font Preview
Dyuthi is a Bold Malayalam font created by Hiran Venugolapalan. This font is used for Malayalam Headings and bold letters. Copyright (c) 2007, Hiran Venugopalan, Hussain K H, Suresh P, Swathanthra Malayalam Computing (http://smc.org.in,http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/smc)
The font is licensed under GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE V3.0Download Dyuthi Font
Keraleeyam Malayalam Font Preview
Keraleeyam is a Bold letter Malayalam font created by Hussain KH and SMC.
Keraleeyam font was first designed as an ASCII font in 2005 and distributed with Rachana editor. This Unicode font is based on Rachana's exhaustive character set of traditional Malayalam Lipi is totally redesigned as a part of the Grant (2014-2015) received from India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore under Arts Research and Documentation Programme. The font is dedicated to the environmental activism in Kerala.
Digitized data copyright (c) 2014 by Hussain KH, Rajeesh K Nambiar, Kavya Manohar, Swathanthra Malayalam Computing. Current Version is 1.0.0-beta.20141217Download Keraleeyam Font
Uroob Malayalam Font Preview
Uroob is a Bold letter Font created by Hussain KH and SMC.
The font is Developed with the financial support from International Centre for Free and Open Source Software(ICFOSS), Govt of Kerala in 2014-15. Uroob font is Dedicated to Uroob (P.C. Kuttykrishnan), celebrating the 60th anniversary of Ummachu.
Digitized data copyright(c) 2015 Hussain KH, Kavya Manohar, Rajeesh K Nambiar, Santhosh Thottingal, SMC. This font is Licensed under SIL Open Font License, Version 1.1.Download Uroob Font
Chilanka Malayalam Font Preview
Chilanka is a handwriting font for malayalam created by Santhosh Thottingal. It supports traditional Malayalam Script and old style writing of complex letters. This is a beautiful handwriting font in malayalam with latest unicode support.
Digitized data copyright (c) 2014, Santhosh Thottingal, Kavya Manohar, Swathanthra Malayalam Computing(http://smc.org.in) with reserved font name "Chilanka".Download Chilanka Font
Karumbi Malayalam Font Preview
Karumbi is a handwriting font for malayalam created by Kevin and Siji, Santhosh Thottingal. It supports traditional Malayalam Script and old style writing of complex letters. This is a Malayalam unicode font.
Digitized data copyright (c) 2005-2016 Kevin and Siji, 2016 Santhosh Thottingal, 2015-2016 Swathanthra Malayalam Computing(http://smc.org.in).Download Karumbi Font
Kalyani Malayalam Font Preview
Kalyani is a regular Malayalam Unicode Font created by Shaji N V in 2002.
This font is the first unicode font in Malayalam language. It was created by Shaji N V in 2002 from TeX archive font created by Jeroen Hellingman using a tool named Pfaedit. In 2003 Baiju M added GSUB tables to the font and renamed it as MalOtf.ttf .This was the default font in Sopananam GNU/Linux, (first GNU/Linux custom distribution with Malayalam Inteface) released as a part of UNDP-KBIP-FSF India project. In 2008 Hiran Venugopalan modified the font and added missing glyphs, feature tables and made it compatible to unicode 5.0.
Copyright (C) 2002 Shaji N Vyapron, Jeroen Hellingman. Copyright (C) 2008 Hiran Venugopalan,Swathanthra Malayalam Computing (http://smc.org.in). The font is licensed under GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE V3 with Font Exception.Download Kalyani Font
Raghu Malayalam Malayalam Font Preview
RaghuMalayalam font Original Version 1.00 (2005) has been designed and developed, by Prof. R. K. Joshi (TypeFont Design Director, Visiting Design Specialist at C-DAC Mumbai) in association with Mr. Rajith Kumar K. M. (TypeFont Designer), assisted by Mr. Nirmal Biswas, Ms. Jui Mhatre and Ms. Supriya Kharkar at C-DAC Mumbai (formerly NCST).
In 2008, developers from swathanthra Malayalam Computing started maintaining the font as a tribute to him. Suresh P modified opentype tables and added more glyphs to make it compatible with modern rendering systems.
Reghu Malayalam Sans OpenType font is Licensed under GNU GPL V2.Download RaghuMalayalamSans Font
Suruma Malayalam Font Preview
Suruma is a regular Malayalam font created by suresh p on 2007. Suruma-3.2.1 is a rehash of earlier releases. The earlier idea of akhand conjuncts for *RA *LA forms is revisited and implemented again with the new opentype specs. The new specs do away with statically-assigned character properties (by the shaping engine) for consonants. Instead, they are font dependent. i.e., post-base forms, below-base forms etc. are all decided by the the font itself. This concept was also used in the initial version of suruma font.
Digitized data copyright,2007-2009 Suresh P Swathanthra Malayalam Computing(http://smc.org.in,http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/smc). License is GNU GPL V3 with Font Exception.Download Suruma Font
Noto Sans Malayalam Font Preview
Noto Sans is a font created and maintained by Google in various langauges. Noto Sans Malayalam is the Malayalam version of the font. This font is a Malayalam new lipi font. Current Version is 1.03 and the font is designed by Monotype design team in google.
Copyright 2013 Google Inc. All Rights Reserved.Download Noto Sans Malayalam Font
Sokanasini Malayalam Font Preview
Sokanasini is a Malayalam handwriting font created by Appropriate Technology Promotion Society. The font is Licensed under SIL Open Font License. Current version is 0.1
Copyright (c) 2014 Govt. College Chittur, Appropriate Technology Promotion Society (ATPS) (http://atps.in)Download Sokanasini Font
Deshabhimani Malayalam Font Preview
Deshabhimani is a Malayalam regular type font created by Deshabhimani Malayalam Daily. The font is Licensed under SIL Open Font License Version 1.1. Current font version is 0.2.
Copyright (c)2015 Deshabhimani Malayalam DailyDownload Deshabhimani Font
Samathwa Malayalam Font Preview
Samathwa is a Malayalam regular type font created by Appropriate Technology Promotion Society . The font is Licensed under SIL Open Font License Version 1.1. Current font version is 0.2
Copyright (c)2015 Appropriate Technology Promotion Society (ATPS) (http://atps.in) , http://www.deshabhimani.comDownload Samathwa Font
Kayyoor Malayalam Font Preview
Kayyoor is a Malayalam regular type font created by Appropriate Technology Promotion Society . The font is Licensed under SIL Open Font License Version 1.1. Current font version is 0.3
Copyright (c)2014 Appropriate Technology Promotion Society (ATPS) (http://atps.in)Download Samathwa Font
Nellu Malayalam Font Preview
Nellu is a Malayalam regular type font created by Appropriate Technology Promotion Society . This font has thin letters with style. The font is Licensed under SIL Open Font License Version 1.1. Current font version is 0.3
Copyright (c)2014 Appropriate Technology Promotion Society (ATPS) (http://atps.in)Download Nellu Font
Malayalam Unicode Fonts are required to view malayalam in web browser. Most of malayalam unicode fonts are available for free due to its open license. Most of the malayalam fonts are provided by Swathanthra Malayalam Computing. All the Malayalam Font Preview are listed on the Malayalam Fonts page of SMC Website.
To install a Malayalam font on the computer first download a Malayalam font. Then open the downloaded font on a font viewer. In Windows and Linux font viewers are now included by default. Then press Install button on the font viewer. On Windows XP copy the downloaded font into c:\Windows\fonts directory.
Lot of Malayalam ASCII fonts are available. Most of the fonts are Proprietary. The majour number of fonts are came from CDAC with their malayalam typing package ISM GIST. Popular news papers in malayalam like Malayalamanorama (manorama.ttf), Deepika has their own fonts. To read these news paper websites the corresponding font must be installed on the computer. Malayalam web fonts are used to overcome this problem. Also these malayalam fonts have their own keyboard layouts. Special softwares are used to create malayalam content in these fonts.