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  • Making this community wiki since it's worthwhile information, but is basically a list of good resources
    – Warrior Bob
    Aug 18, 2011 at 14:35
  • I would suggest just recording them yourself. You might be able to get better results that way and it can be more fun. Nov 15, 2015 at 2:58

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More than 290,000 user-uploaded sounds licensed under various Creative Commons licenses. Depending on the license, the sounds have no terms, require attribution and/or prohibit commercial use. It has advanced search.

Downloading sounds requires a free account.

Uploaded sounds are moderated by volunteers moderators for legality.

There is a sound request forum.

This post has been edited by a volunteer Freesound.org moderator



Creative commons licensed audio files and sample packs.

  • this is music, not sounds, and should be put in a question asking for free music if there is one.
    – qubodup
    Nov 11, 2015 at 18:08
  • There are definitely just sounds here as well.
    – roybatty
    Nov 12, 2015 at 4:36


Founded by Joseph SARDIN in 2005, the music library aims to provide free and for all, a wide range of sounds and noises of a much higher quality than those typically found on the Internet.



I used this site when I needed to get random noises for a film.

Searching generic search terms probably won't get you very far, you tend to have to be a bit more specific.



A library of over 7300 sounds in various categories. Requires login to download. Requires attribution for use.

Allows user uploads. The site owners moderate quality but there is no statement about moderation of legality.



If you're looking for free and legal sound effects or music check out this online directory:

In particular, the free music category.

  • music is irrelevant to the question.
    – qubodup
    Nov 11, 2015 at 17:52

BBC Sound Effects Library

There are a number of torrents that contain the complete, 60 CD collection of royalty-free BBC sound effects.

Searching for "bbc royalty free sound effects library" has a number of results that mention "free" and "royalty-free".

  • Keep in mind that a lot of these have been used hundreds or thousand times over, so even casual listeners may recognise them as re-used samples. There's a particular fire engine horn sample in there that's been used in at least a few hundred games, movies, TV episodes, etc.
    – Polynomial
    Dec 11, 2012 at 10:08
  • somebody upvoted this? This is a suggestion to search for illegally distributed sounds on torrent websites. BBC sounds are not free to share. The user is already deleted, this post should too.
    – qubodup
    Nov 11, 2015 at 17:51


is a new free online sound effect library.

Great sound fx and music.


Sweet Sound Effects

Sound effects produced by YouTube video producer Zach King:

Not too many sounds, but they are pretty good.



  • You can download mp3 sound effects (320kb/s) available for commercial projects too.

  • You can't share this sound (unless is part of your project and is not the main focus) but you can share the link to site.