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