The Best Websites For Downloading Free Stuff

The Best Websites For Downloading Free Stuff

There are plenty of resources that let you download stuff for free – but most of them aren’t legal. To save your eternal soul, we’ve compiled a list of the best (mostly) copyright-free freebies that the internet has to offer – from books and artwork to music and video games.

“What are some cool websites where you can download free stuff?” asked redditor howtoadvanced. He got over 5,000 answers. We’ve gone through and categorized the best ones, identifying each resource. You could spend the rest of your life just entertaining and educating yourself with the free books, music, games, apps, and other freebies available on the sites listed here. (Don’t go cancelling your Netflix, but maybe stop paying Amazon for books that Project Gutenberg hands out for free.)

Unless noted (and with the possible exception of some “abandonware” sites) these are legal and legitimate resources, but some are only for personal use.

Always check before you use a resource commercially or publicly.



(special thanks to redditor chinchalinchin)

  • Quandl: Free and paid financial data
  • American FactFinder: Searchable data from the U.S. census
  • SEC filings, including annual and quarterly reports
  • BEA: Economic data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • NASA’s Open Data Portal: Every public NASA dataset
  • OECD Data: International economic data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Sexualitics: Performance data from a large portion of uploads to porn sites xHamster and Xnxx
  • Project EUCLID: Mathematics papers
  • Academic papers in the sciences
  • Vertex42: Spreadsheet templates for Excel and Google Sheets

Video Games

Design and Art





  • XOWA: Download all of Wikipedia
  • A motherlode of collections of music, videos, images, games, and written materials from non-profits, schools, government organisations, and the public domain. See top collections on the front page. Also home to the Wayback Machine.
  • NYPL Digital Collections: Digitised ephemera from the New York Public Library
  • Library of Congress Digital Collections: Digitised ephemera from the Library of Congress
  • Library of Babel: Technically contains every book up to a certain length — because it contains every combination of characters, almost all of them gibberish, only generated the moment you load the page

Basically Just Pirating

Probably illegal. Proceed with caution and/or guilt.

Find more free (and legal) resources at, a collection curated by redditor corydave.

What are some cool websites where you can download free stuff? [AskReddit]

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