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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 77-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 600 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 keeps the site running ad-free

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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77-page PDF guide featuring over 600 fonts

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 February 20, 2017

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