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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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99-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 October 14, 2019

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