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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

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