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

Sample Pages

100-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 January 13, 2020

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