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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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97-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 16, 2018

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 807 fonts—from Aachen to Zimmer:

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