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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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 December 10, 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 815 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. 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. Hope Sans
  383. Hurme Geometric Sans
  384. IBM Plex Mono
  385. IBM Plex Sans
  386. Ideal Sans
  387. IM Fell French Canon
  388. Impact
  389. Inconsolata
  390. Industry
  391. Infini
  392. Inknut Antiqua
  393. Input Mono
  394. Integral CF
  395. Interstate
  396. Intro
  397. Introspect
  398. Iosevka
  399. Italian Old Style
  400. ITC American Typewriter
  401. ITC Avant Garde Gothic
  402. ITC Benguiat
  403. ITC Clearface
  404. ITC Conduit
  405. ITC Garamond
  406. ITC Grouch
  407. ITC Johnston
  408. ITC Lubalin Graph
  409. ITC Pioneer
  410. ITC Serif Gothic
  411. ITC Souvenir
  412. ITC Stepp
  413. ITC Tiffany
  414. ITC Usherwood
  415. Ivar
  416. JAF Domus Titling
  417. JeanLuc
  418. Jenna Sue
  419. Jigsaw
  420. Josefin Slab
  421. Jubilat
  422. Jude
  423. Just Lovely
  424. Kamerik
  425. Karla
  426. Karnak
  427. Kepler
  428. Kicker
  429. Knockout
  430. Kostic Serif
  431. Kulturista
  432. L10
  433. La Fabrique
  434. Lab Grotesque Mono
  435. Lacrima
  436. Lamplighter Script
  437. Laplace Mono
  438. Lapture
  439. Larish Alte
  440. Larish Neue
  441. Larsseit
  442. Lasiver
  443. Lato
  444. Lava
  445. Le Jeune
  446. Le Monde Journal
  447. League Gothic
  448. Leighton
  449. Leitura
  450. Leitura Display
  451. Leitura News
  452. Lemur
  453. Letter Gothic
  454. Lettera
  455. Lexia
  456. Libre Baskerville
  457. Libre Franklin
  458. Life
  459. Linotype Brewery
  460. Livory
  461. Lodgecode
  462. Lora
  463. Louize
  464. Louize Display
  465. Lovelo
  466. Lucida Grande
  467. Lusitana
  468. Lust
  469. Lutz Headline
  470. Lydia
  471. Lydian
  472. Lyon Display
  473. Lyon Text
  474. Mabry
  475. MAD Serif
  476. Madina Script
  477. Maiola
  478. Maison
  479. Maison Mono
  480. Maison Neue
  481. Majesti Banner
  482. Mallory
  483. Manus
  484. Maple
  485. Marche
  486. Maria
  487. Marian
  488. Marr Sans
  489. Martha
  490. Mate
  491. Medula One
  492. Melior
  493. Memphis
  494. Menlo
  495. Mercury
  496. Merkury
  497. Merriweather
  498. Messina Sans
  499. Messina Sans Mono
  500. Metier
  501. Metric
  502. Mikro
  503. Miller
  504. Minion
  505. Minister
  506. Minotaur
  507. Minotaur Sans
  508. Miso
  509. Mistral
  510. Moderat
  511. Modern 216
  512. Monaco
  513. Monospace 821
  514. Monosten
  515. Monotype Grotesque
  516. Montserrat
  517. Morion
  518. MPI Sardis
  519. Mr Eaves Modern
  520. Mr Eaves Sans
  521. Mramor
  522. Mrs Eaves
  523. MTT Milano
  524. Muli
  525. Museo Sans
  526. Museo Slab
  527. MVB Solano Gothic
  528. MVB Solitaire
  529. Myriad
  530. Nantes
  531. National
  532. NB Akademie
  533. NB International
  534. Neographik
  535. Neue Droschke
  536. Neue Haas Grotesk
  537. Neue Haas Unica
  538. Neue Swift
  539. Neusa
  540. Neuton
  541. Neutraface
  542. Neutral
  543. Neuzeit
  544. Nevis
  545. New Caledonia
  546. New Rocker
  547. News Cycle
  548. Newzald
  549. Nexa
  550. Nexa Rust
  551. Nimbus Roman
  552. Nimbus Sans
  553. Nitti
  554. Nitti Grotesk
  555. Niveau Grotesk
  556. Nobel
  557. Nocturno
  558. Noe Display
  559. Noe Text
  560. Notable
  561. NotCourierSans
  562. Noto Sans
  563. Novecento Sans
  564. Nowie Vremena
  565. Nuckle
  566. Nudista
  567. NY Irvin
  568. Obsidian
  569. OCR B
  570. Office Code Pro
  571. Ogg
  572. Ohm
  573. Old Standard TT
  574. Open Sans
  575. Operator
  576. Opposit
  577. Optima
  578. Orpheus
  579. Ostia Antica
  580. Oswald
  581. Outage
  582. Overpass Mono
  583. P22 Underground
  584. Pakenham
  585. Palatino
  586. Pano
  587. Patron
  588. Pegasus
  589. Peggs
  590. Peignot
  591. Peristyle
  592. Perpetua
  593. Pica 10 Pitch
  594. Piek
  595. Pirata One
  596. Pitch
  597. Pitch Sans
  598. Plain
  599. Plak
  600. Plan Grotesque
  601. Plan Grotesque Stencil
  602. Plantin
  603. Platform
  604. Playfair Display
  605. Pluto Sans
  606. PMN Caecilia
  607. Pona
  608. Poppins
  609. Populaire
  610. Portrait
  611. Post Grotesk
  612. Poynings
  613. Poynter Serif
  614. Pragmatica
  615. Pragmatica Slab
  616. Prata
  617. Prensa
  618. Prenton
  619. Presicav
  620. Programm
  621. Programme
  622. Prophet
  623. Proto Grotesk
  624. Proxima Nova
  625. Proxima Nova Soft
  626. Proza Libre
  627. PT Sans
  628. PT Serif
  629. Publico
  630. Px Grotesk
  631. Quarto
  632. Questa
  633. Questa Sans
  634. Questrial
  635. Quick
  636. Quicksand
  637. Radikal
  638. Raisonne
  639. Rajdhani
  640. Raleway
  641. Ratio
  642. Reader
  643. Realtime Rounded
  644. Recoleta
  645. Recta
  646. Refrigerator Deluxe
  647. Regular
  648. Relative
  649. Relative Faux
  650. Relative Mono
  651. Remi
  652. Replica
  653. Replica Mono
  654. Revisal
  655. Riccione
  656. Rift
  657. Ringside
  658. Roboto
  659. Roboto Condensed
  660. Roboto Mono
  661. Roboto Slab
  662. Rockwell
  663. Romain
  664. Romana
  665. Rooney
  666. Rooney Sans
  667. Roslindale
  668. Rothenburg
  669. Rubik
  670. Sabon
  671. Sackers Gothic
  672. Sailec
  673. San Francisco
  674. Sanchez
  675. SangBleu Empire
  676. SangBleu King
  677. SangBleu Sans
  678. Saol Display
  679. Saol Text
  680. Satyr
  681. Savate
  682. Schear Grotesk
  683. Schneidler
  684. Scotch Modern
  685. Scout
  686. Selador
  687. Self Modern
  688. Selfie
  689. Sentinel
  690. Separat
  691. Seravek
  692. Serrano
  693. Shadows Into Light
  694. Sharp Grotesk
  695. Sharp Sans
  696. Shift
  697. Sign Painter
  698. Signalist
  699. Simple
  700. Simplon
  701. Simplon Mono
  702. Sina Nova
  703. Siri
  704. Skolar
  705. SM Maxeville
  706. Sneak
  707. Sofia
  708. Soleil
  709. SoLow
  710. Sorts Mill Goudy
  711. Source Code Pro
  712. Source Sans Pro
  713. Source Serif Pro
  714. Space Mono
  715. Sparkle Script
  716. Spectral
  717. Spinnaker
  718. Sporting Grotesque
  719. Stag
  720. Standard CT
  721. Stanley
  722. Stardos Stencil
  723. Strangelove
  724. Stratum 2
  725. Styrene
  726. Suisse International
  727. Suisse International Mono
  728. Suisse Neue
  729. Suisse Works
  730. Superior Title
  731. Superstudio
  732. Supria Sans
  733. Surveyor
  734. Suti
  735. Sweet Sans
  736. Swiss 721
  737. Tablet Gothic
  738. Tacite
  739. Tangier
  740. Termina
  741. Terminal Grotesque
  742. Text
  743. Texta
  744. The Stroke Sans
  745. Theinhardt
  746. Thirsty Script Rough
  747. Throhand
  748. Tiempos Fine
  749. Tiempos Headline
  750. Tiempos Text
  751. Tilda
  752. Tilde
  753. Times New Roman
  754. Timmons NY
  755. Titling Gothic
  756. Today Sans
  757. Torque
  758. Trade Gothic
  759. Tramuntana
  760. Transport
  761. Traulha
  762. Trim Poster
  763. Trio Grotesk
  764. Trivia Serif
  765. Trump Soft
  766. Tungsten
  767. Tungsten Rounded
  768. Tusar
  769. Twentieth Century
  770. Typ1451
  771. Typonine Stencil
  772. U8
  773. Uber Move
  774. Unica77
  775. Univers
  776. Untitled Sans
  777. Untitled Serif
  778. URW Antiqua
  779. URW Grotesk
  780. Utopia
  781. Valter
  782. Value Sans
  783. Value Serif
  784. Vanitas
  785. Varela Round
  786. Vaud
  787. Veneer
  788. Venetian 301
  789. Venus
  790. Verdana
  791. Verlag
  792. Verona
  793. Vesterbro
  794. Vinter
  795. Visby CF
  796. Vista Sans
  797. Visuelt
  798. Vitesse
  799. Vollkorn
  800. Voyager
  801. VUCA
  802. Vwk Mono
  803. Walfork
  804. Warnock
  805. Weiss
  806. Whitney
  807. Wigrum
  808. Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch
  809. Windsor
  810. Woodkit
  811. Work Sans
  812. Wremena
  813. Young Serif
  814. Ziggurat
  815. Zimmer