Typewolf

The Definitive Guide to Free Fonts

One of the most common questions Typewolf visitors ask me is “What’s the closest free alternative to Brandon Grotesque?” And “What’s the closest free alternative to Proxima Nova?” And so on. I know every designer would love to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on fonts for their next project. But I also know that not every project has that kind of budget, so I understand why that question is so common. And I know how frustrating it is wasting time trying to find quality free fonts.

So I put together a 81-page PDF guide to help designers in this situation. Any designer who regularly uses free fonts will save hours of time and will discover some truly great typefaces. It’s possible to have beautiful typography even without a big budget.

The closest free alternative to every font on Typewolf

  • Discover free alternatives to the most popular (and expensive) fonts used by designers
  • Features over 700 fonts
  • The product of over 100 hours of research—the most complete and accurate collection you will find anywhere online
  • Save hours of time searching the web for the perfect match
  • Features not only Google Fonts but free fonts from all over the web

The 10 best serif + sans-serif font combinations on Google Fonts

  • Some Google Fonts combinations lists on the web almost seem like the combinations were chosen at random—this list features typefaces that truly complement each other
  • Includes visual examples and explanations of why these combinations harmonize so nicely
  • Each combination includes a recommended body copy font that includes regular, italic, bold and bold italic styles and renders well on screen at smaller sizes, meaning it has low to moderate stroke contrast, large counters, open apertures and an adequate x-height

The absolute best free fonts from around the web

  • The 25 best free fonts that aren’t on Google Fonts
  • The 10 best free “hipster” fonts
  • You’ll be surprised by how many truly excellent free fonts are out there that you most likely aren’t even aware of
  • Discover a little-known typeface designed by a well-respected type designer that is by far the best free font available in my opinion (hint: it’s not on Google Fonts)
  • Includes image samples, licensing info and available styles

Free lifetime updates

  • You’ll get the latest version of The Definitive Guide to Free Fonts emailed to you each month that includes free alternatives to all the new fonts added to Typewolf as well as continuous tweaks and improvements to ensure the closest possible match
  • The monthly update also includes curated links to the best new free font releases of the month
  • Essentially a lifetime subscription to the best in free fonts for a one-time purchase—stay on the cutting-edge of typography

Bonus content

  • Gain exclusive access to a special section on Typewolf that features only sites using free fonts—a great source of inspiration showing what can be done using free fonts
  • Learn about the best places to discover quality free fonts (most people are looking on the wrong sites)

Help support Typewolf

  • Every purchase helps support Typewolf and makes the site a sustainable side project

Huge disclaimer

  • In general, most free fonts make a poor alternative to commercial fonts—please support type designers and purchase fonts if your project has the budget for it

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81-page PDF guide featuring over 700 fonts
(This product is bundled with the Flawless Typography Checklist)

Note: I don’t offer sales or discounts and I’m continuously improving the product (and subsequently raising the price), so this is the lowest price I will ever offer.

Jeremiah Shoaf

By Jeremiah Shoaf  ·  Last updated on January 15, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

How does purchasing work? Is it secure?

Payment is made quickly and securely through Gumroad using either a credit card or PayPal. I do not store or have access to any of your credit card information. There are no accounts to sign up for and the entire checkout process takes about 30 seconds. The product is delivered instantly after payment and I offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if you aren’t happy with your purchase for any reason.

How do the monthly updates work?

New fonts are featured on Typewolf every week and the PDF is updated accordingly. You’ll receive an email with the latest version of the PDF at the beginning of each month. The update email also includes links to the best new free font releases of the month.

Are there any recurring charges for the updates?

No. It’s just a one-time purchase. There are no recurring charges. It’s essentially a lifetime subscription for a one-time purchase.

Which fonts does the guide feature the closest free alternative to?

The guide features the closest free alternative to 730 fonts—from Aachen to Zimmer:

  1. Aachen
  2. Aaux
  3. Abadi
  4. Abolition
  5. Abril
  6. Abril Fatface
  7. Academica
  8. Acrom
  9. Acta Display
  10. Acta Headline
  11. Acta Poster
  12. Acumin
  13. Adelle
  14. Adelle Sans
  15. Adobe Text
  16. AG Book
  17. Agipo
  18. Akkurat
  19. Akkurat Mono
  20. Aktiv Grotesk
  21. Akzidenz Grotesk
  22. Albertina
  23. Albertus
  24. Albertus Nova
  25. Alegreya
  26. Alegreya Sans
  27. Alix FB
  28. Alright Sans
  29. Alternate Gothic
  30. Alverata
  31. Amasis
  32. Amatic SC
  33. Ambroise
  34. Americana
  35. Amerigo
  36. Andale Mono
  37. Andes
  38. Anisette Petite
  39. Ano
  40. Anonymous Pro
  41. Antenna
  42. Antique Olive
  43. Antwerp
  44. Apercu
  45. Apercu Mono
  46. Apex Serif
  47. Apple Chancery
  48. Arbutus Slab
  49. Archer
  50. Archive
  51. Archivo Narrow
  52. Arial
  53. Armitage
  54. Arnhem
  55. Arquitecta
  56. ARS Maquette
  57. Arvo
  58. Ascender Sans Mono
  59. Ashbury
  60. ATC Harris
  61. ATC Ripley
  62. Atlas Grotesk
  63. Atlas Typewriter
  64. Austin
  65. Avenir
  66. Averia Serif Libre
  67. Averta
  68. AW Conqueror Didot
  69. Azo Sans
  70. Balto
  71. Basic Sans
  72. Basis Grotesque
  73. Basis Grotesque Mono
  74. Baskerville
  75. Baton
  76. Battersea Slab
  77. BC Falster Grotesk
  78. Beausite
  79. Bebas Neue
  80. Beirut
  81. Bell
  82. Belwe Mono
  83. Benton Modern
  84. Benton Sans
  85. Berlingske Serif
  86. Bernini Sans
  87. Bianco Sans
  88. Bianco Serif
  89. Big Caslon
  90. BioRhyme
  91. Bitter
  92. Blanco
  93. Blender
  94. Block Berthold
  95. Bodoni
  96. Bodoni Egyptian
  97. Bodoni Poster
  98. Bonobo
  99. Bookman
  100. Bookmania
  101. Boutique
  102. Brandon Grotesque
  103. Brandon Printed
  104. Brauer Neue
  105. Brevia
  106. Brezel Grotesk
  107. Brix Sans
  108. Brothers
  109. Brown
  110. Brunel
  111. Bryant
  112. Buenos Aires
  113. Bureau Grotesque
  114. Burgess
  115. Butler
  116. Cabin
  117. Calendas Plus
  118. Calibre
  119. Calibri
  120. Calluna
  121. Calluna Sans
  122. Calvert
  123. Campton
  124. Canela
  125. Cantarell
  126. Caponi
  127. Cardo
  128. Caslon
  129. Caslon Graphique
  130. Caxton
  131. Centaur
  132. Centima Mono
  133. Century Old Style
  134. Century Schoolbook
  135. Century Schoolbook Mono
  136. Cerebri Sans
  137. Champion Gothic
  138. Chap
  139. Chaparral
  140. Chapeau
  141. Cheltenham
  142. Chesterfield
  143. Chiswick Serif
  144. Chivo
  145. Chronicle Display
  146. Chronicle Text
  147. Cimarron
  148. Cindie Mono
  149. Circe
  150. Circular
  151. Clarendon
  152. Clearface Gothic
  153. Cochin
  154. Colfax
  155. Columbia Sans
  156. Comic Sans
  157. Compacta
  158. Consolas
  159. Contax Sans
  160. Cooper
  161. Cooper Hewitt
  162. Coranto 2
  163. Cormorant
  164. Cortado Script
  165. Cotoris
  166. Courier
  167. Courier Prime
  168. Courier Sans
  169. Cousine
  170. Crimson Text
  171. Cubano
  172. Cutive
  173. Cutive Mono
  174. Dala Floda
  175. Dala Moa
  176. Dala Prisma
  177. Damien
  178. Darby Sans
  179. Dear Sarah
  180. Decima
  181. Decima Mono
  182. DejaVu Serif
  183. Dia
  184. Didot
  185. DIN
  186. DIN Mono
  187. DIN Round
  188. Displace
  189. Domaine Display
  190. Domaine Sans
  191. Domaine Text
  192. Domine
  193. Droid Sans
  194. Droid Sans Mono
  195. Droid Serif
  196. Druk
  197. Drury Lane
  198. Eames Century Modern
  199. Eames Century Modern Stencil
  200. Eczar
  201. Edmondsans
  202. Edwardian
  203. Effra
  204. Egyptienne
  205. Ehrhardt
  206. Eksell Display
  207. Eldorado
  208. Electra
  209. Elementa
  210. Elena
  211. Elephant
  212. Engravers
  213. Engravers Gothic
  214. Equip
  215. Erato
  216. Eskapade
  217. Euclid Flex
  218. Europa
  219. Eurostile
  220. Exchange
  221. Executive
  222. F37 Bella
  223. F37 Jan
  224. Fabrik
  225. Facit
  226. Fakt
  227. Farnham
  228. FatFrank
  229. Faunus
  230. Favorit
  231. Fedra Serif
  232. Feijoa
  233. FF Atma Serif
  234. FF Bau
  235. FF Clan
  236. FF Dagny
  237. FF Franziska
  238. FF Good Headline
  239. FF Kievit
  240. FF Kievit Slab
  241. FF Mark
  242. FF Meta
  243. FF Meta Serif
  244. FF Olsen
  245. FF Oxide
  246. FF Quadraat
  247. FF Scala
  248. FF Scala Sans
  249. FF Super Grotesk
  250. FF Tisa
  251. FF Tisa Sans
  252. FF Unit Slab
  253. Filosofia
  254. Filson
  255. Financier Display
  256. Financier Text
  257. Fira Sans
  258. Fjalla One
  259. Fjord One
  260. Flama
  261. Flandria
  262. Flyer
  263. Folio
  264. Forma
  265. Foro
  266. Fort
  267. Fortescue
  268. Forza
  269. Founders Grotesk
  270. Founders Grotesk Mono
  271. Fournier
  272. Fraktur
  273. Franklin Gothic
  274. Frauen
  275. Freeland
  276. Freight Big
  277. Freight Display
  278. Freight Neo
  279. Freight Sans
  280. Freight Text
  281. Friz Quadrata
  282. FS Emeric
  283. Fugue
  284. Fugue Mono
  285. Futura
  286. Gabriela Stencil
  287. Galano Grotesque
  288. Galaxie Copernicus
  289. Galaxie Polaris
  290. Galliard
  291. Garage Gothic
  292. Garamond
  293. Genath
  294. Gentona
  295. Geogrotesque
  296. Georgia
  297. Gerbera
  298. Gesta
  299. Gibson
  300. Gill Facia
  301. Gill Sans
  302. Gin
  303. Giorgio Sans
  304. Glosa Display
  305. Glypha
  306. Gordita
  307. Gotham
  308. Gotham Rounded
  309. Gothic 13
  310. Gothic 720
  311. Goudy Old Style
  312. Grad
  313. Graebenbach
  314. Granite
  315. Granville
  316. Graphik
  317. Grifo
  318. Grumpy
  319. GT America
  320. GT America Mono
  321. GT Cinetype
  322. GT Eesti
  323. GT Haptik
  324. GT Pressura
  325. GT Pressura Mono
  326. GT Sectra
  327. GT Super Display
  328. GT Walsheim
  329. Guardian
  330. Gza
  331. Halis Grotesque
  332. Halis Rounded
  333. Handsome
  334. Harbour
  335. Harmonia Sans
  336. Harriet
  337. Hawthorn
  338. Heimat Sans
  339. Heimat Stencil
  340. Hellenic Wide
  341. Helvetica
  342. Helvetica Monospaced
  343. Helvetica Neue
  344. Hera Big
  345. Hercules
  346. Heroic Condensed
  347. Highway Gothic
  348. Hind
  349. Hoboken High
  350. Hoefler Text
  351. Hoefler Titling
  352. Hurme Geometric Sans
  353. Ideal Sans
  354. Impact
  355. Inconsolata
  356. Industry
  357. Inknut Antiqua
  358. Input Mono
  359. Interstate
  360. Intro
  361. Introspect
  362. Iosevka
  363. Italian Old Style
  364. ITC American Typewriter
  365. ITC Avant Garde Gothic
  366. ITC Benguiat
  367. ITC Clearface
  368. ITC Conduit
  369. ITC Garamond
  370. ITC Grouch
  371. ITC Johnston
  372. ITC Lubalin Graph
  373. ITC Serif Gothic
  374. ITC Souvenir
  375. ITC Stepp
  376. ITC Tiffany
  377. ITC Usherwood
  378. JAF Domus Titling
  379. Jenna Sue
  380. Jigsaw
  381. Josefin Slab
  382. Jubilat
  383. Jude
  384. Kamerik
  385. Karla
  386. Karnak
  387. Kepler
  388. Kicker
  389. Knockout
  390. Kostic Serif
  391. Kulturista
  392. L10
  393. La Fabrique
  394. Lacrima
  395. Lamplighter Script
  396. Lapture
  397. Larish Alte
  398. Larish Neue
  399. Larsseit
  400. Lasiver
  401. Lato
  402. Lava
  403. Le Monde Journal
  404. League Gothic
  405. Leighton
  406. Leitura
  407. Leitura Display
  408. Leitura News
  409. Letter Gothic
  410. Lettera
  411. Lexia
  412. Libre Baskerville
  413. Libre Franklin
  414. Life
  415. Linotype Brewery
  416. Livory
  417. Lodgecode
  418. Lora
  419. Louize
  420. Louize Display
  421. Lovelo
  422. Lusitana
  423. Lust
  424. Lutz Headline
  425. Lydia
  426. Lydian
  427. Lyon Display
  428. Lyon Text
  429. Madina Script
  430. Maiola
  431. Maison
  432. Maison Mono
  433. Maison Neue
  434. Majesti Banner
  435. Mallory
  436. Manus
  437. Maple
  438. Maria
  439. Marian
  440. Marr Sans
  441. Martha
  442. Mate
  443. Medula One
  444. Melior
  445. Memphis
  446. Menlo
  447. Mercury
  448. Merkury
  449. Merriweather
  450. Metier
  451. Metric
  452. Mikro
  453. Miller
  454. Minion
  455. Minister
  456. Minotaur
  457. Minotaur Sans
  458. Miso
  459. Mistral
  460. Moderat
  461. Modern 216
  462. Monaco
  463. Monospace 821
  464. Monosten
  465. Monotype Grotesque
  466. Montserrat
  467. Morion
  468. MPI Sardis
  469. Mr Eaves Modern
  470. Mr Eaves Sans
  471. Mrs Eaves
  472. MTT Milano
  473. Muli
  474. Museo Sans
  475. Museo Slab
  476. MVB Solano Gothic
  477. MVB Solitaire
  478. Myriad
  479. Nantes
  480. National
  481. Neographik
  482. Neue Droschke
  483. Neue Haas Grotesk
  484. Neue Haas Unica
  485. Neue Swift
  486. Neusa
  487. Neuton
  488. Neutraface
  489. Neutral
  490. Neuzeit
  491. Nevis
  492. New Caledonia
  493. New Rocker
  494. News Cycle
  495. Newzald
  496. Nexa
  497. Nexa Rust
  498. Nimbus Roman
  499. Nimbus Sans
  500. Nitti
  501. Nitti Grotesk
  502. Niveau Grotesk
  503. Nobel
  504. Nocturno
  505. Noe Display
  506. Noe Text
  507. NotCourierSans
  508. Noto Sans
  509. Novecento Sans
  510. Nowie Vremena
  511. Nudista
  512. NY Irvin
  513. Obsidian
  514. OCR B
  515. Office Code Pro
  516. Ogg
  517. Ohm
  518. Old Standard TT
  519. Open Sans
  520. Operator
  521. Opposit
  522. Optima
  523. Orpheus
  524. Oswald
  525. Outage
  526. Overpass Mono
  527. P22 Underground
  528. Pakenham
  529. Palatino
  530. Patron
  531. Pegasus
  532. Peggs
  533. Peignot
  534. Perpetua
  535. Pica 10 Pitch
  536. Pirata One
  537. Pitch
  538. Pitch Sans
  539. Plain
  540. Plan Grotesque
  541. Plan Grotesque Stencil
  542. Plantin
  543. Platform
  544. Playfair Display
  545. Pluto Sans
  546. PMN Caecilia
  547. Pona
  548. Poppins
  549. Populaire
  550. Portrait
  551. Post Grotesk
  552. Poynings
  553. Poynter Serif
  554. Pragmatica
  555. Pragmatica Slab
  556. Prata
  557. Prensa
  558. Prenton
  559. Presicav
  560. Programme
  561. Proxima Nova
  562. Proxima Nova Soft
  563. Proza Libre
  564. PT Sans
  565. PT Serif
  566. Publico
  567. Px Grotesk
  568. Quarto
  569. Questa
  570. Questa Sans
  571. Questrial
  572. Quick
  573. Quicksand
  574. Radikal
  575. Raisonne
  576. Rajdhani
  577. Raleway
  578. Ratio
  579. Reader
  580. Realtime Rounded
  581. Recta
  582. Refrigerator Deluxe
  583. Regular
  584. Relative
  585. Relative Faux
  586. Remi
  587. Replica
  588. Replica Mono
  589. Revisal
  590. Rift
  591. Ringside
  592. Roboto
  593. Roboto Condensed
  594. Roboto Mono
  595. Roboto Slab
  596. Rockwell
  597. Romain
  598. Romana
  599. Rooney
  600. Rooney Sans
  601. Rothenburg
  602. Rubik
  603. Sabon
  604. Sackers Gothic
  605. Sailec
  606. San Francisco
  607. Sanchez
  608. SangBleu King
  609. SangBleu Sans
  610. Saol Display
  611. Saol Text
  612. Satyr
  613. Schear Grotesk
  614. Schneidler
  615. Scotch Modern
  616. Scout
  617. Selador
  618. Selfie
  619. Sentinel
  620. Separat
  621. Seravek
  622. Serrano
  623. Sharp Grotesk
  624. Sharp Sans
  625. Shift
  626. Sign Painter
  627. Signalist
  628. Simple
  629. Simplon
  630. Simplon Mono
  631. Sina Nova
  632. Skolar
  633. Sneak
  634. Sofia
  635. Soleil
  636. Sorts Mill Goudy
  637. Source Code Pro
  638. Source Sans Pro
  639. Source Serif Pro
  640. Space Mono
  641. Sparkle Script
  642. Spectral
  643. Spinnaker
  644. Stag
  645. Standard CT
  646. Stanley
  647. Stardos Stencil
  648. Strangelove
  649. Stratum 2
  650. Styrene
  651. Suisse International
  652. Suisse International Mono
  653. Suisse Neue
  654. Suisse Works
  655. Superior Title
  656. Superstudio
  657. Supria Sans
  658. Surveyor
  659. Sweet Sans
  660. Swiss 721
  661. Tablet Gothic
  662. Tacite
  663. Tangier
  664. Termina
  665. Texta
  666. The Stroke Sans
  667. Theinhardt
  668. Thirsty Script Rough
  669. Tiempos Headline
  670. Tiempos Text
  671. Tilda
  672. Tilde
  673. Times New Roman
  674. Timmons NY
  675. Titling Gothic
  676. Today Sans
  677. Torque
  678. Trade Gothic
  679. Tramuntana
  680. Transport
  681. Traulha
  682. Trim Poster
  683. Trio Grotesk
  684. Trivia Serif
  685. Trump Soft
  686. Tungsten
  687. Tungsten Rounded
  688. Tusar
  689. Twentieth Century
  690. Typ1451
  691. Typonine Stencil
  692. U8
  693. Unica77
  694. Univers
  695. Untitled Sans
  696. Untitled Serif
  697. URW Antiqua
  698. URW Grotesk
  699. Utopia
  700. Value Sans
  701. Value Serif
  702. Vanitas
  703. Varela Round
  704. Vaud
  705. Veneer
  706. Venetian 301
  707. Venus
  708. Verdana
  709. Verlag
  710. Vinter
  711. Visby CF
  712. Vista Sans
  713. Visuelt
  714. Vitesse
  715. Vollkorn
  716. Voyager
  717. VUCA
  718. Vwk Mono
  719. Walfork
  720. Warnock
  721. Weiss
  722. Whitney
  723. Wigrum
  724. Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch
  725. Windsor
  726. Woodkit
  727. Work Sans
  728. Young Serif
  729. Ziggurat
  730. Zimmer