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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 78-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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79-page PDF guide featuring over 600 fonts
(This product is bundled with the Flawless Typography Checklist)

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 May 22, 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 676 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. Ascender Sans Mono
  55. Ashbury
  56. ATC Harris
  57. ATC Ripley
  58. Atlas Grotesk
  59. Atlas Typewriter
  60. Austin
  61. Avenir
  62. Averia Serif Libre
  63. Averta
  64. AW Conqueror Didot
  65. Azo Sans
  66. Balto
  67. Basis Grotesque
  68. Basis Grotesque Mono
  69. Baskerville
  70. Baton
  71. Battersea Slab
  72. BC Falster Grotesk
  73. Beausite
  74. Bebas Neue
  75. Bell
  76. Belwe Mono
  77. Benton Modern
  78. Benton Sans
  79. Berlingske Serif
  80. Bernini Sans
  81. Bianco Sans
  82. Bianco Serif
  83. Big Caslon
  84. BioRhyme
  85. Bitter
  86. Blanco
  87. Blender
  88. Block Berthold
  89. Bodoni
  90. Bodoni Egyptian
  91. Bodoni Poster
  92. Bonobo
  93. Bookman
  94. Bookmania
  95. Boutique
  96. Brandon Grotesque
  97. Brandon Printed
  98. Brauer Neue
  99. Brevia
  100. Brezel Grotesk
  101. Brix Sans
  102. Brothers
  103. Brown
  104. Brunel
  105. Bryant
  106. Buenos Aires
  107. Bureau Grotesque
  108. Burgess
  109. Butler
  110. Cabin
  111. Calendas Plus
  112. Calibre
  113. Calibri
  114. Calluna
  115. Calluna Sans
  116. Calvert
  117. Campton
  118. Canela
  119. Cantarell
  120. Caponi
  121. Cardo
  122. Caslon
  123. Caslon Graphique
  124. Caxton
  125. Centima Mono
  126. Century Old Style
  127. Century Schoolbook
  128. Century Schoolbook Mono
  129. Champion Gothic
  130. Chap
  131. Chaparral
  132. Chapeau
  133. Cheltenham
  134. Chesterfield
  135. Chivo
  136. Chronicle Display
  137. Chronicle Text
  138. Cimarron
  139. Circe
  140. Circular
  141. Clarendon
  142. Clearface Gothic
  143. Cochin
  144. Colfax
  145. Comic Sans
  146. Compacta
  147. Consolas
  148. Contax Sans
  149. Cooper
  150. Cooper Hewitt
  151. Coranto 2
  152. Cormorant
  153. Cortado Script
  154. Cotoris
  155. Courier
  156. Courier Prime
  157. Courier Sans
  158. Cousine
  159. Crimson Text
  160. Cubano
  161. Cutive Mono
  162. Dala Floda
  163. Dala Moa
  164. Damien
  165. Darby Sans
  166. Dear Sarah
  167. Decima
  168. Decima Mono
  169. DejaVu Serif
  170. Dia
  171. Didot
  172. DIN
  173. DIN Mono
  174. DIN Round
  175. Displace
  176. Domaine Display
  177. Domaine Text
  178. Domine
  179. Droid Sans
  180. Droid Sans Mono
  181. Droid Serif
  182. Druk
  183. Drury Lane
  184. Eames Century Modern
  185. Eames Century Modern Stencil
  186. Eczar
  187. Edmondsans
  188. Edwardian
  189. Effra
  190. Egyptienne
  191. Ehrhardt
  192. Eksell Display
  193. Eldorado
  194. Electra
  195. Elementa
  196. Elena
  197. Engravers
  198. Engravers Gothic
  199. Equip
  200. Erato
  201. Eskapade
  202. Euclid Flex
  203. Europa
  204. Eurostile
  205. Exchange
  206. Executive
  207. F37 Bella
  208. F37 Jan
  209. Fabrik
  210. Facit
  211. Fakt
  212. Farnham
  213. FatFrank
  214. Faunus
  215. Favorit
  216. Fedra Serif
  217. Feijoa
  218. FF Atma Serif
  219. FF Bau
  220. FF Clan
  221. FF Dagny
  222. FF Franziska
  223. FF Good Headline
  224. FF Kievit
  225. FF Kievit Slab
  226. FF Mark
  227. FF Meta
  228. FF Meta Serif
  229. FF Olsen
  230. FF Oxide
  231. FF Quadraat
  232. FF Scala
  233. FF Scala Sans
  234. FF Super Grotesk
  235. FF Tisa
  236. FF Tisa Sans
  237. FF Unit Slab
  238. Filosofia
  239. Filson
  240. Financier Display
  241. Fira Sans
  242. Fjalla One
  243. Fjord One
  244. Flama
  245. Flandria
  246. Flyer
  247. Folio
  248. Forma
  249. Foro
  250. Fort
  251. Fortescue
  252. Forza
  253. Founders Grotesk
  254. Founders Grotesk Mono
  255. Fraktur
  256. Franklin Gothic
  257. Frauen
  258. Freeland
  259. Freight Big
  260. Freight Display
  261. Freight Neo
  262. Freight Sans
  263. Freight Text
  264. Friz Quadrata
  265. FS Emeric
  266. Fugue
  267. Fugue Mono
  268. Futura
  269. Gabriela Stencil
  270. Galano Grotesque
  271. Galaxie Copernicus
  272. Galaxie Polaris
  273. Garage Gothic
  274. Garamond
  275. Genath
  276. Gentona
  277. Geogrotesque
  278. Georgia
  279. Gerbera
  280. Gesta
  281. Gibson
  282. Gill Facia
  283. Gill Sans
  284. Gin
  285. Giorgio Sans
  286. Glypha
  287. Gordita
  288. Gotham
  289. Gotham Rounded
  290. Gothic 13
  291. Goudy Old Style
  292. Grad
  293. Graebenbach
  294. Granite
  295. Granville
  296. Graphik
  297. Grifo
  298. Grumpy
  299. GT America
  300. GT America Mono
  301. GT Cinetype
  302. GT Eesti
  303. GT Haptik
  304. GT Pressura
  305. GT Pressura Mono
  306. GT Sectra
  307. GT Walsheim
  308. Guardian
  309. Gza
  310. Halis Rounded
  311. Handsome
  312. Harbour
  313. Harmonia Sans
  314. Harriet
  315. Hawthorn
  316. Heimat Sans
  317. Heimat Stencil
  318. Hellenic Wide
  319. Helvetica
  320. Helvetica Monospaced
  321. Helvetica Neue
  322. Hera Big
  323. Hercules
  324. Heroic Condensed
  325. Highway Gothic
  326. Hind
  327. Hoboken High
  328. Hoefler Text
  329. Hoefler Titling
  330. Hurme Geometric Sans
  331. Ideal Sans
  332. Impact
  333. Inconsolata
  334. Industry
  335. Input Mono
  336. Interstate
  337. Intro
  338. Iosevka
  339. Italian Old Style
  340. ITC American Typewriter
  341. ITC Avant Garde Gothic
  342. ITC Benguiat
  343. ITC Clearface
  344. ITC Conduit
  345. ITC Grouch
  346. ITC Johnston
  347. ITC Lubalin Graph
  348. ITC Serif Gothic
  349. ITC Souvenir
  350. ITC Stepp
  351. ITC Tiffany
  352. ITC Usherwood
  353. JAF Domus Titling
  354. Jenna Sue
  355. Jigsaw
  356. Josefin Slab
  357. Jubilat
  358. Jude
  359. Kamerik
  360. Karla
  361. Karnak
  362. Kepler
  363. Kicker
  364. Knockout
  365. Kostic Serif
  366. Kulturista
  367. L10
  368. La Fabrique
  369. Lacrima
  370. Lamplighter Script
  371. Lapture
  372. Larish Alte
  373. Larish Neue
  374. Larsseit
  375. Lasiver
  376. Lato
  377. Lava
  378. Le Monde Journal
  379. League Gothic
  380. Leighton
  381. Leitura
  382. Leitura Display
  383. Leitura News
  384. Letter Gothic
  385. Lettera
  386. Lexia
  387. Libre Baskerville
  388. Libre Franklin
  389. Life
  390. Linotype Brewery
  391. Livory
  392. Lodgecode
  393. Lora
  394. Lovelo
  395. Lusitana
  396. Lust
  397. Lutz Headline
  398. Lydia
  399. Lydian
  400. Lyon Display
  401. Lyon Text
  402. Madina Script
  403. Maiola
  404. Maison
  405. Maison Mono
  406. Maison Neue
  407. Majesti Banner
  408. Mallory
  409. Manus
  410. Maple
  411. Maria
  412. Marian
  413. Marr Sans
  414. Martha
  415. Mate
  416. Medula One
  417. Melior
  418. Menlo
  419. Mercury
  420. Merkury
  421. Merriweather
  422. Metier
  423. Metric
  424. Mikro
  425. Miller
  426. Minion
  427. Minister
  428. Minotaur
  429. Minotaur Sans
  430. Miso
  431. Moderat
  432. Modern 216
  433. Monaco
  434. Monosten
  435. Monotype Grotesque
  436. Montserrat
  437. Morion
  438. MPI Sardis
  439. Mr Eaves Modern
  440. Mr Eaves Sans
  441. Mrs Eaves
  442. MTT Milano
  443. Muli
  444. Museo Sans
  445. Museo Slab
  446. MVB Solano Gothic
  447. MVB Solitaire
  448. Myriad
  449. National
  450. Neographik
  451. Neue Droschke
  452. Neue Haas Grotesk
  453. Neue Haas Unica
  454. Neue Swift
  455. Neusa
  456. Neuton
  457. Neutraface
  458. Neutral
  459. Neuzeit
  460. Nevis
  461. New Caledonia
  462. New Rocker
  463. News Cycle
  464. Newzald
  465. Nexa
  466. Nexa Rust
  467. Nimbus Roman
  468. Nimbus Sans
  469. Nitti
  470. Nitti Grotesk
  471. Niveau Grotesk
  472. Nobel
  473. Nocturno
  474. Noe Display
  475. Noe Text
  476. NotCourierSans
  477. Noto Sans
  478. Novecento Sans
  479. Nowie Vremena
  480. Nudista
  481. NY Irvin
  482. Obsidian
  483. OCR B
  484. Ogg
  485. Ohm
  486. Old Standard TT
  487. Open Sans
  488. Operator
  489. Optima
  490. Orpheus
  491. Oswald
  492. Outage
  493. Overpass Mono
  494. P22 Underground
  495. Pakenham
  496. Palatino
  497. Patron
  498. Peignot
  499. Perpetua
  500. Pica 10 Pitch
  501. Pirata One
  502. Pitch
  503. Plain
  504. Plan Grotesque
  505. Plan Grotesque Stencil
  506. Plantin
  507. Platform
  508. Playfair Display
  509. Pluto Sans
  510. PMN Caecilia
  511. Pona
  512. Poppins
  513. Populaire
  514. Portrait
  515. Post Grotesk
  516. Poynings
  517. Poynter Serif
  518. Pragmatica
  519. Pragmatica Slab
  520. Prata
  521. Prensa
  522. Prenton
  523. Presicav
  524. Programme
  525. Proxima Nova
  526. Proxima Nova Soft
  527. Proza Libre
  528. PT Sans
  529. PT Serif
  530. Publico
  531. Px Grotesk
  532. Quarto
  533. Questa
  534. Questa Sans
  535. Questrial
  536. Quick
  537. Quicksand
  538. Radikal
  539. Raisonne
  540. Rajdhani
  541. Raleway
  542. Ratio
  543. Reader
  544. Realtime Rounded
  545. Recta
  546. Refrigerator Deluxe
  547. Regular
  548. Relative
  549. Relative Faux
  550. Remi
  551. Replica
  552. Replica Mono
  553. Revisal
  554. Rift
  555. Ringside
  556. Roboto
  557. Roboto Condensed
  558. Roboto Mono
  559. Roboto Slab
  560. Rockwell
  561. Romain
  562. Romana
  563. Rooney
  564. Rooney Sans
  565. Rubik
  566. Sabon
  567. Sackers Gothic
  568. Sailec
  569. San Francisco
  570. Sanchez
  571. SangBleu King
  572. SangBleu Sans
  573. Satyr
  574. Schneidler
  575. Scotch Modern
  576. Scout
  577. Selfie
  578. Sentinel
  579. Separat
  580. Seravek
  581. Serrano
  582. Sharp Grotesk
  583. Sharp Sans
  584. Shift
  585. Sign Painter
  586. Signalist
  587. Simple
  588. Simplon
  589. Simplon Mono
  590. Sina Nova
  591. Skolar
  592. Sneak
  593. Sofia
  594. Soleil
  595. Sorts Mill Goudy
  596. Source Code Pro
  597. Source Sans Pro
  598. Source Serif Pro
  599. Space Mono
  600. Sparkle Script
  601. Spinnaker
  602. Stag
  603. Standard CT
  604. Stanley
  605. Stardos Stencil
  606. Strangelove
  607. Stratum 2
  608. Styrene
  609. Suisse International
  610. Suisse International Mono
  611. Suisse Works
  612. Superior Title
  613. Superstudio
  614. Supria Sans
  615. Surveyor
  616. Sweet Sans
  617. Tablet Gothic
  618. Tangier
  619. Texta
  620. Theinhardt
  621. Thirsty Script Rough
  622. Tiempos Headline
  623. Tiempos Text
  624. Tilda
  625. Tilde
  626. Times New Roman
  627. Titling Gothic
  628. Today Sans
  629. Torque
  630. Trade Gothic
  631. Tramuntana
  632. Transport
  633. Trim Poster
  634. Trio Grotesk
  635. Trivia Serif
  636. Trump Soft
  637. Tungsten
  638. Tungsten Rounded
  639. Twentieth Century
  640. Typ1451
  641. Typonine Stencil
  642. Unica77
  643. Univers
  644. Untitled Sans
  645. URW Antiqua
  646. URW Grotesk
  647. Utopia
  648. Value Sans
  649. Value Serif
  650. Vanitas
  651. Varela Round
  652. Vaud
  653. Veneer
  654. Venetian 301
  655. Venus
  656. Verdana
  657. Verlag
  658. Vinter
  659. Visby CF
  660. Vista Sans
  661. Vitesse
  662. Vollkorn
  663. Voyager
  664. VUCA
  665. Vwk Mono
  666. Walfork
  667. Warnock
  668. Weiss
  669. Whitney
  670. Wigrum
  671. Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch
  672. Windsor
  673. Woodkit
  674. Work Sans
  675. Ziggurat
  676. Zimmer