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