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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 78-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 600 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 keeps the site running ad-free

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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79-page PDF guide featuring over 600 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 May 22, 2017

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