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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. And I know how frustrating it is wasting time trying to find quality free fonts.

So I put together a 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 800 fonts
  • The product of hundreds of 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 consists of 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 40 best free fonts that aren’t on Google Fonts—free for both personal and commercial use
  • 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

Free lifetime updates

  • You’ll be able to download the latest version of The Definitive Guide to Free Fonts at any time— it 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 guide has been updated weekly since I first launched it in 2014 and will continue to be updated as long as the product is available
  • 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

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

Sample Pages

99-page PDF guide featuring over 800 fonts
Get this for free with the Flawless Typography Checklist ($399)

Jeremiah Shoaf

By Jeremiah Shoaf  ·  Last updated on November 11, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the fonts free for commercial use?

All of the closest free alternative fonts listed include an option available on Google Fonts (which are all open-source and available for both personal and commercial use). The fonts in the “40 Best Free Fonts That Aren’t on Google Fonts” section are all free for both personal and commercial use as well. That said, always carefully read the license before using any free font as the terms are subject to change.

How do the product updates work?

New fonts are featured on Typewolf every week, and the PDF is updated accordingly to list the closest free alternative. There are four ways to access the latest version:

  1. Use the download link in your original receipt email from Gumroad—this link will automatically give you the latest version of the file.
  2. If you signed up for a Gumroad account when you purchased, you can access the latest version in your library.
  3. Visit the sales page where you purchased the product and click on the buy button—it should remember that you already purchased and give you a download link.
  4. If you have any trouble with the above, just email me and I’ll resend your receipt with the download link.

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.

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.

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

The guide features the closest free alternative to 881 fonts:

  1. A2 Typewriter
  2. Aachen
  3. Aaux
  4. Abadi
  5. Abolition
  6. Abril
  7. Abril Fatface
  8. Academica
  9. Acrom
  10. Acta Display
  11. Acta Headline
  12. Acta Poster
  13. Acumin
  14. Adelle
  15. Adelle Sans
  16. Adieu
  17. Adobe Text
  18. AG Book
  19. Agentur
  20. Agipo
  21. Akkurat
  22. Akkurat Mono
  23. Aktiv Grotesk
  24. Akzidenz Grotesk
  25. Albertina
  26. Albertus
  27. Albertus Nova
  28. Alegreya
  29. Alegreya Sans
  30. Alix FB
  31. Alright Sans
  32. Alternate Gothic
  33. Alverata
  34. Amasis
  35. Amatic SC
  36. Ambroise
  37. Americana
  38. Amerigo
  39. Ames Roman
  40. Anarchy Grotesque
  41. Andale Mono
  42. Andes
  43. Anisette Petite
  44. Ano
  45. Anonymous Pro
  46. Antenna
  47. Antique Olive
  48. Anton
  49. Antwerp
  50. Apercu
  51. Apercu Mono
  52. Apex Serif
  53. Apple Chancery
  54. Arbutus Slab
  55. Archer
  56. Archive
  57. Archivo Narrow
  58. Arial
  59. Armitage
  60. Arnhem
  61. Arquitecta
  62. ARS Maquette
  63. Arvo
  64. Ascender Sans Mono
  65. Ashbury
  66. ATC Harris
  67. ATC Ripley
  68. Atlas Grotesk
  69. Atlas Typewriter
  70. Austin
  71. Avenir
  72. Averia Serif Libre
  73. Averta
  74. AW Conqueror Didot
  75. Azo Sans
  76. Balto
  77. Basetica
  78. Basic Commercial
  79. Basic Sans
  80. Basier
  81. Basis Grotesque
  82. Basis Grotesque Mono
  83. Baskerville
  84. Baton
  85. Battersea Slab
  86. BC Falster Grotesk
  87. Beatrice
  88. Beatrice Display
  89. Beausite
  90. Bebas Neue
  91. Begum
  92. Beirut
  93. Bell
  94. Belwe Mono
  95. Benton Modern
  96. Benton Sans
  97. Berlingske Serif
  98. Bernini Sans
  99. Bianco Sans
  100. Bianco Serif
  101. Big Caslon
  102. BioRhyme
  103. Bitter
  104. Blanco
  105. Blender
  106. Block Berthold
  107. Bluu
  108. Bodoni
  109. Bodoni Egyptian
  110. Bodoni Poster
  111. Boita
  112. Bonobo
  113. Bookman
  114. Bookmania
  115. Bosca
  116. Bourrasque
  117. Boutique
  118. Brandon Grotesque
  119. Brandon Printed
  120. Brauer Neue
  121. Brevia
  122. Brezel Grotesk
  123. Brighton
  124. Brix Sans
  125. Brothers
  126. Brown
  127. Brunel
  128. Bryant
  129. Buenos Aires
  130. Bureau Grotesque
  131. Burgess
  132. Butler
  133. Bw Gradual
  134. Cabin
  135. Calendas Plus
  136. Calibre
  137. Calibri
  138. Calluna
  139. Calluna Sans
  140. Calvert
  141. Cambon
  142. Campton
  143. Canela
  144. Cantarell
  145. Caponi
  146. Cardo
  147. Carlton
  148. Caslon
  149. Caslon Graphique
  150. Caxton
  151. Centaur
  152. Centima Mono
  153. Centra No2
  154. Central Avenue
  155. Century Old Style
  156. Century Schoolbook
  157. Century Schoolbook Mono
  158. Cerebri Sans
  159. Chalet
  160. Champion Gothic
  161. Chap
  162. Chaparral
  163. Chapeau
  164. Cheltenham
  165. Chesterfield
  166. Chiswick Serif
  167. Chivo
  168. Chobani Sans
  169. Chobani Serif
  170. Chronicle Display
  171. Chronicle Text
  172. Cimarron
  173. Cindie Mono
  174. Circe
  175. Circular
  176. Clarendon
  177. Clearface Gothic
  178. Cochin
  179. Colfax
  180. Columbia Sans
  181. Comic Sans
  182. Commuters Sans
  183. Compacta
  184. Concept
  185. Consolas
  186. Contax Sans
  187. Cooper
  188. Cooper Hewitt
  189. Coranto 2
  190. Cormorant
  191. Cortado Script
  192. Cotoris
  193. Courier
  194. Courier Prime
  195. Courier Sans
  196. Cousine
  197. Crimson Text
  198. Cubano
  199. Cutive
  200. Cutive Mono
  201. Dala Floda
  202. Dala Moa
  203. Dala Prisma
  204. Damien
  205. Danzza
  206. Darby Sans
  207. David
  208. Dear Sarah
  209. Decima
  210. Decima Mono
  211. DejaVu Serif
  212. Dia
  213. Didot
  214. DIN
  215. DIN Mono
  216. DIN Round
  217. Dinamit
  218. Displace
  219. Domaine Display
  220. Domaine Sans
  221. Domaine Text
  222. Domine
  223. Droid Sans
  224. Droid Sans Mono
  225. Droid Serif
  226. Druk
  227. Drury Lane
  228. Eames Century Modern
  229. Eames Century Modern Stencil
  230. Eczar
  231. Editor
  232. Editorial New
  233. Edmondsans
  234. Edwardian
  235. Effra
  236. Egyptienne
  237. Ehrhardt
  238. Eksell Display
  239. Eldorado
  240. Electra
  241. Elementa
  242. Elena
  243. Elephant
  244. Elmhurst
  245. Engravers
  246. Engravers Gothic
  247. Equip
  248. Equitan Sans
  249. Erato
  250. Eskapade
  251. Euclid Flex
  252. Europa
  253. Eurostile
  254. Exchange
  255. Executive
  256. F Grotesk
  257. F37 Bella
  258. F37 Jan
  259. Fabrik
  260. Facit
  261. Fakt
  262. Falafel Grotesque
  263. Farnham
  264. FatFrank
  265. Faunus
  266. Favorit
  267. Favorit Mono
  268. Fedra Mono
  269. Fedra Serif
  270. Feijoa
  271. Ferry
  272. FF Atma Serif
  273. FF Bau
  274. FF Clan
  275. FF Dagny
  276. FF Franziska
  277. FF Good Headline
  278. FF Kievit
  279. FF Kievit Slab
  280. FF Mark
  281. FF Meta
  282. FF Meta Serif
  283. FF Mister K
  284. FF Olsen
  285. FF Oxide
  286. FF Scala
  287. FF Scala Sans
  288. FF Super Grotesk
  289. FF Tisa
  290. FF Tisa Sans
  291. FF Unit Slab
  292. Filosofia
  293. Filson
  294. Financier Display
  295. Financier Text
  296. Fira Sans
  297. Fjalla One
  298. Fjord One
  299. Flama
  300. Flandria
  301. Flyer
  302. Folio
  303. Forma
  304. Formula Condensed
  305. Foro
  306. Fort
  307. Fortescue
  308. Forza
  309. Founders Grotesk
  310. Founders Grotesk Mono
  311. Fournier
  312. Fraktur
  313. Franklin Gothic
  314. Frauen
  315. Freeland
  316. Freight Big
  317. Freight Display
  318. Freight Neo
  319. Freight Sans
  320. Freight Text
  321. Friz Quadrata
  322. FS Emeric
  323. Fugue
  324. Fugue Mono
  325. Funkis
  326. Futura
  327. Gabriela Stencil
  328. Galano Classic
  329. Galano Grotesque
  330. Galaxie Copernicus
  331. Galaxie Polaris
  332. Galliard
  333. Garage Gothic
  334. Garamond
  335. Gascogne
  336. Genath
  337. Gentona
  338. Geogrotesque
  339. Georgia
  340. Gerbera
  341. Gesta
  342. Gibson
  343. Gill Facia
  344. Gill Sans
  345. Gin
  346. Ginto
  347. Giorgio Sans
  348. Glosa Display
  349. Glypha
  350. Google Sans
  351. Gopher
  352. Gordita
  353. Gotham
  354. Gotham Rounded
  355. Gothic 13
  356. Gothic 720
  357. Gothic 821
  358. Gothic A1
  359. Goudy Old Style
  360. Grad
  361. Graebenbach
  362. Granite
  363. Granville
  364. Graphik
  365. Graphite
  366. Grifinito
  367. Grifo
  368. Grumpy
  369. GT America
  370. GT America Mono
  371. GT Cinetype
  372. GT Eesti
  373. GT Flexa
  374. GT Flexa Mono
  375. GT Haptik
  376. GT Pressura
  377. GT Pressura Mono
  378. GT Sectra
  379. GT Super
  380. GT Walsheim
  381. GT Zirkon
  382. Guardian
  383. Gza
  384. Halis Grotesque
  385. Halis Rounded
  386. Halyard
  387. Handsome
  388. Harbour
  389. Harmonia Sans
  390. Harriet
  391. Hawthorn
  392. Heimat Sans
  393. Heimat Stencil
  394. Heldane Display
  395. Heldane Text
  396. Hellenic Wide
  397. Helvetica
  398. Helvetica Monospaced
  399. Helvetica Neue
  400. Helvetica Now
  401. Hera Big
  402. Hercules
  403. Heroic Condensed
  404. Highway Gothic
  405. Hind
  406. Hoboken High
  407. Hoefler Text
  408. Hoefler Titling
  409. Hope Sans
  410. Hurme Geometric Sans
  411. IBM Plex Mono
  412. IBM Plex Sans
  413. Ideal Sans
  414. IM Fell French Canon
  415. Impact
  416. Inconsolata
  417. Industry
  418. Infini
  419. Inknut Antiqua
  420. Input Mono
  421. Integral CF
  422. Interstate
  423. Intro
  424. Introspect
  425. Iosevka
  426. Italian Old Style
  427. ITC American Typewriter
  428. ITC Avant Garde Gothic
  429. ITC Benguiat
  430. ITC Clearface
  431. ITC Conduit
  432. ITC Garamond
  433. ITC Grouch
  434. ITC Johnston
  435. ITC Lubalin Graph
  436. ITC Pioneer
  437. ITC Ronda
  438. ITC Serif Gothic
  439. ITC Souvenir
  440. ITC Stepp
  441. ITC Tiffany
  442. ITC Usherwood
  443. Ivar
  444. JAF Domus Titling
  445. Jasmine Display
  446. JeanLuc
  447. Jenna Sue
  448. Jigsaw
  449. Josefin Slab
  450. Jubilat
  451. Jude
  452. Just Lovely
  453. Kamerik
  454. Karla
  455. Karnak
  456. Kepler
  457. Kicker
  458. Knockout
  459. Kostic Serif
  460. Kuenstler Script
  461. Kulturista
  462. L10
  463. La Fabrique
  464. Lab Grotesque
  465. Lab Grotesque Mono
  466. Labil Grotesk
  467. Lacrima
  468. Lamplighter Script
  469. Laplace Mono
  470. Lapture
  471. Larish Alte
  472. Larish Neue
  473. Lars
  474. Lars Mono
  475. Larsseit
  476. Lasiver
  477. Lato
  478. Lausanne
  479. Lava
  480. Le Jeune
  481. Le Monde Journal
  482. League Gothic
  483. Leighton
  484. Leitura
  485. Leitura Display
  486. Leitura News
  487. Lemur
  488. Letter Gothic
  489. Lettera
  490. Lexia
  491. Libre Baskerville
  492. Libre Franklin
  493. Life
  494. Linotype Brewery
  495. Livory
  496. Lodgecode
  497. Lora
  498. Louize
  499. Louize Display
  500. Lovelo
  501. Lucida Grande
  502. Lusitana
  503. Lust
  504. Lutz Headline
  505. Lydia
  506. Lydian
  507. Lyon Display
  508. Lyon Text
  509. Mabry
  510. MAD Serif
  511. Madina Script
  512. Maiola
  513. Maison
  514. Maison Mono
  515. Maison Neue
  516. Majesti Banner
  517. Mallory
  518. Manege
  519. Manuka
  520. Manus
  521. Maple
  522. Marche
  523. Maria
  524. Marian
  525. Marr Sans
  526. Martha
  527. Mate
  528. Medula One
  529. Melior
  530. Memphis
  531. Menlo
  532. Mercury
  533. Merkury
  534. Merriweather
  535. Messina Sans
  536. Messina Sans Mono
  537. Metier
  538. Metric
  539. Mikro
  540. Miller
  541. Minion
  542. Minister
  543. Minotaur
  544. Minotaur Sans
  545. Miso
  546. Mistral
  547. Moderat
  548. Modern 216
  549. Monaco
  550. Monospace 821
  551. Monosten
  552. Monotype Grotesque
  553. Montserrat
  554. Monument Grotesk
  555. Morion
  556. MPI Sardis
  557. Mr Eaves Modern
  558. Mr Eaves Sans
  559. Mramor
  560. Mrs Eaves
  561. MTT Milano
  562. Muli
  563. Museo Sans
  564. Museo Slab
  565. MVB Solano Gothic
  566. MVB Solitaire
  567. Myriad
  568. Nantes
  569. Nashville
  570. National
  571. National 2
  572. NB Akademie
  573. NB International
  574. NB International Mono
  575. Neographik
  576. Neue Droschke
  577. Neue Haas Grotesk
  578. Neue Haas Unica
  579. Neue Swift
  580. Neusa
  581. Neuton
  582. Neutraface
  583. Neutral
  584. Neuzeit
  585. Nevis
  586. New Caledonia
  587. New Rocker
  588. News Cycle
  589. Newzald
  590. Nexa
  591. Nexa Rust
  592. Nimbus Roman
  593. Nimbus Sans
  594. Nitti
  595. Nitti Grotesk
  596. Niveau Grotesk
  597. Nobel
  598. Nocturno
  599. Noe Display
  600. Noe Text
  601. Northwell
  602. Notable
  603. NotCourierSans
  604. Noto Sans
  605. Novecento Sans
  606. Nowie Vremena
  607. Nuckle
  608. Nudista
  609. NY Irvin
  610. Obsidian
  611. OCR B
  612. Office Code Pro
  613. Ogg
  614. Ohm
  615. Old Standard TT
  616. Omnes
  617. Open Sans
  618. Operator
  619. Opposit
  620. Optima
  621. Orelo
  622. Orpheus
  623. Ostia Antica
  624. Oswald
  625. Outage
  626. Overpass Mono
  627. P22 Underground
  628. Pakenham
  629. Palatino
  630. Panama
  631. Pano
  632. Patron
  633. Pegasus
  634. Peggs
  635. Peignot
  636. Peristyle
  637. Perpetua
  638. Pica 10 Pitch
  639. Piek
  640. Pirata One
  641. Pitch
  642. Pitch Sans
  643. Plaid
  644. Plain
  645. Plak
  646. Plan Grotesque
  647. Plan Grotesque Stencil
  648. Plantin
  649. Platform
  650. Playfair Display
  651. Pluto Sans
  652. PMN Caecilia
  653. Pona
  654. Poppins
  655. Populaire
  656. Portrait
  657. Post Grotesk
  658. Poynings
  659. Poynter Serif
  660. Pragmatica
  661. Pragmatica Slab
  662. Prata
  663. Prensa
  664. Prenton
  665. Presicav
  666. Programm
  667. Programme
  668. Prophet
  669. Proto Grotesk
  670. Proxima Nova
  671. Proxima Nova Soft
  672. Proza Libre
  673. PT Sans
  674. PT Serif
  675. Publico
  676. Px Grotesk
  677. Quadraat
  678. Quarto
  679. Questa
  680. Questa Sans
  681. Questrial
  682. Quick
  683. Quicksand
  684. Radikal
  685. Raisonne
  686. Rajdhani
  687. Raleway
  688. Rando
  689. Ratio
  690. Reader
  691. Realtime Rounded
  692. Recoleta
  693. Recta
  694. Refrigerator Deluxe
  695. Regular
  696. Relative
  697. Relative Faux
  698. Relative Mono
  699. Remi
  700. Replica
  701. Replica Mono
  702. Revisal
  703. Riccione
  704. Rift
  705. Ringside
  706. Roboto
  707. Roboto Condensed
  708. Roboto Mono
  709. Roboto Slab
  710. Roc Grotesk
  711. Rockwell
  712. Romain
  713. Romana
  714. Roobert
  715. Rooney
  716. Rooney Sans
  717. Roslindale
  718. Rothenburg
  719. Rubik
  720. Sabon
  721. Sackers Gothic
  722. Sailec
  723. Sainte Colombe
  724. San Francisco
  725. Sanchez
  726. SangBleu Empire
  727. SangBleu King
  728. SangBleu Sans
  729. Saol Display
  730. Saol Text
  731. Satyr
  732. Savate
  733. Schear Grotesk
  734. Schneidler
  735. Schnyder
  736. Scotch Modern
  737. Scout
  738. Scto Grotesk
  739. Selador
  740. Self Modern
  741. Selfie
  742. Sentinel
  743. Separat
  744. Seravek
  745. Serrano
  746. Shadows Into Light
  747. Sharp Grotesk
  748. Sharp Sans
  749. Shift
  750. Sign Painter
  751. Signalist
  752. Simple
  753. Simplon
  754. Simplon Mono
  755. Sina Nova
  756. Siri
  757. Skolar
  758. SM Maxeville
  759. Sneak
  760. Sofia
  761. Sohne
  762. Soleil
  763. SoLow
  764. Sorts Mill Goudy
  765. Source Code Pro
  766. Source Sans Pro
  767. Source Serif Pro
  768. Space Grotesk
  769. Space Mono
  770. Sparkle Script
  771. Spectral
  772. Spinnaker
  773. Sporting Grotesque
  774. Stag
  775. Standard CT
  776. Stanley
  777. Stardos Stencil
  778. Steinbeck
  779. Strangelove
  780. Stratos
  781. Stratum 2
  782. Studio Pro
  783. Styrene
  784. Suisse International
  785. Suisse International Mono
  786. Suisse Neue
  787. Suisse Works
  788. Sunday Clarendon
  789. Superior Title
  790. Superstudio
  791. Supria Sans
  792. Surt
  793. Surveyor
  794. Suti
  795. Sweet Sans
  796. Swiss 721
  797. Syne
  798. Tablet Gothic
  799. Tacite
  800. Tangier
  801. Termina
  802. Terminal Grotesque
  803. Text
  804. Texta
  805. The Stroke Sans
  806. Theinhardt
  807. Thirsty Script Rough
  808. Throhand
  809. Tiempos Fine
  810. Tiempos Headline
  811. Tiempos Text
  812. Tilda
  813. Tilde
  814. Times New Roman
  815. Timmons NY
  816. Titling Gothic
  817. Today Sans
  818. Torque
  819. Trade Gothic
  820. Tramuntana
  821. Transport
  822. Traulha
  823. Trim Poster
  824. Trio Grotesk
  825. Trivia Serif
  826. Trump Soft
  827. TT Commons
  828. Tungsten
  829. Tungsten Rounded
  830. Tusar
  831. Twentieth Century
  832. Typ1451
  833. Typonine Stencil
  834. U8
  835. Uber Move
  836. Unica77
  837. Univers
  838. Untitled Sans
  839. Untitled Serif
  840. URW Antiqua
  841. URW Classico
  842. URW Grotesk
  843. Utopia
  844. Valter
  845. Value Sans
  846. Value Serif
  847. Vanitas
  848. Varela Round
  849. Vaud
  850. Veneer
  851. Venetian 301
  852. Venus
  853. Verdana
  854. Verlag
  855. Verona
  856. Vesterbro
  857. Vinter
  858. Visby CF
  859. Vista Sans
  860. Visuelt
  861. Vitesse
  862. Vollkorn
  863. Voyager
  864. VUCA
  865. Vwk Mono
  866. Walfork
  867. Warnock
  868. Weiss
  869. Whitney
  870. Whyte
  871. Wigrum
  872. Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch
  873. Williams Caslon Text
  874. Windsor
  875. Woodkit
  876. Work Sans
  877. Wremena
  878. Young Serif
  879. Zenon
  880. Ziggurat
  881. Zimmer