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 February 18, 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 827 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. Basier
  77. Basis Grotesque
  78. Basis Grotesque Mono
  79. Baskerville
  80. Baton
  81. Battersea Slab
  82. BC Falster Grotesk
  83. Beatrice Display
  84. Beausite
  85. Bebas Neue
  86. Begum
  87. Beirut
  88. Bell
  89. Belwe Mono
  90. Benton Modern
  91. Benton Sans
  92. Berlingske Serif
  93. Bernini Sans
  94. Bianco Sans
  95. Bianco Serif
  96. Big Caslon
  97. BioRhyme
  98. Bitter
  99. Blanco
  100. Blender
  101. Block Berthold
  102. Bodoni
  103. Bodoni Egyptian
  104. Bodoni Poster
  105. Bonobo
  106. Bookman
  107. Bookmania
  108. Bosca
  109. Boutique
  110. Brandon Grotesque
  111. Brandon Printed
  112. Brauer Neue
  113. Brevia
  114. Brezel Grotesk
  115. Brighton
  116. Brix Sans
  117. Brothers
  118. Brown
  119. Brunel
  120. Bryant
  121. Buenos Aires
  122. Bureau Grotesque
  123. Burgess
  124. Butler
  125. Bw Gradual
  126. Cabin
  127. Calendas Plus
  128. Calibre
  129. Calibri
  130. Calluna
  131. Calluna Sans
  132. Calvert
  133. Campton
  134. Canela
  135. Cantarell
  136. Caponi
  137. Cardo
  138. Carlton
  139. Caslon
  140. Caslon Graphique
  141. Caxton
  142. Centaur
  143. Centima Mono
  144. Central Avenue
  145. Century Old Style
  146. Century Schoolbook
  147. Century Schoolbook Mono
  148. Cerebri Sans
  149. Champion Gothic
  150. Chap
  151. Chaparral
  152. Chapeau
  153. Cheltenham
  154. Chesterfield
  155. Chiswick Serif
  156. Chivo
  157. Chobani Sans
  158. Chobani Serif
  159. Chronicle Display
  160. Chronicle Text
  161. Cimarron
  162. Cindie Mono
  163. Circe
  164. Circular
  165. Clarendon
  166. Clearface Gothic
  167. Cochin
  168. Colfax
  169. Columbia Sans
  170. Comic Sans
  171. Compacta
  172. Consolas
  173. Contax Sans
  174. Cooper
  175. Cooper Hewitt
  176. Coranto 2
  177. Cormorant
  178. Cortado Script
  179. Cotoris
  180. Courier
  181. Courier Prime
  182. Courier Sans
  183. Cousine
  184. Crimson Text
  185. Cubano
  186. Cutive
  187. Cutive Mono
  188. Dala Floda
  189. Dala Moa
  190. Dala Prisma
  191. Damien
  192. Danzza
  193. Darby Sans
  194. David
  195. Dear Sarah
  196. Decima
  197. Decima Mono
  198. DejaVu Serif
  199. Dia
  200. Didot
  201. DIN
  202. DIN Mono
  203. DIN Round
  204. Dinamit
  205. Displace
  206. Domaine Display
  207. Domaine Sans
  208. Domaine Text
  209. Domine
  210. Droid Sans
  211. Droid Sans Mono
  212. Droid Serif
  213. Druk
  214. Drury Lane
  215. Eames Century Modern
  216. Eames Century Modern Stencil
  217. Eczar
  218. Edmondsans
  219. Edwardian
  220. Effra
  221. Egyptienne
  222. Ehrhardt
  223. Eksell Display
  224. Eldorado
  225. Electra
  226. Elementa
  227. Elena
  228. Elephant
  229. Elmhurst
  230. Engravers
  231. Engravers Gothic
  232. Equip
  233. Erato
  234. Eskapade
  235. Euclid Flex
  236. Europa
  237. Eurostile
  238. Exchange
  239. Executive
  240. F Grotesk
  241. F37 Bella
  242. F37 Jan
  243. Fabrik
  244. Facit
  245. Fakt
  246. Falafel Grotesque
  247. Farnham
  248. FatFrank
  249. Faunus
  250. Favorit
  251. Fedra Mono
  252. Fedra Serif
  253. Feijoa
  254. Ferry
  255. FF Atma Serif
  256. FF Bau
  257. FF Clan
  258. FF Dagny
  259. FF Franziska
  260. FF Good Headline
  261. FF Kievit
  262. FF Kievit Slab
  263. FF Mark
  264. FF Meta
  265. FF Meta Serif
  266. FF Olsen
  267. FF Oxide
  268. FF Quadraat
  269. FF Scala
  270. FF Scala Sans
  271. FF Super Grotesk
  272. FF Tisa
  273. FF Tisa Sans
  274. FF Unit Slab
  275. Filosofia
  276. Filson
  277. Financier Display
  278. Financier Text
  279. Fira Sans
  280. Fjalla One
  281. Fjord One
  282. Flama
  283. Flandria
  284. Flyer
  285. Folio
  286. Forma
  287. Foro
  288. Fort
  289. Fortescue
  290. Forza
  291. Founders Grotesk
  292. Founders Grotesk Mono
  293. Fournier
  294. Fraktur
  295. Franklin Gothic
  296. Frauen
  297. Freeland
  298. Freight Big
  299. Freight Display
  300. Freight Neo
  301. Freight Sans
  302. Freight Text
  303. Friz Quadrata
  304. FS Emeric
  305. Fugue
  306. Fugue Mono
  307. Futura
  308. Gabriela Stencil
  309. Galano Classic
  310. Galano Grotesque
  311. Galaxie Copernicus
  312. Galaxie Polaris
  313. Galliard
  314. Garage Gothic
  315. Garamond
  316. Gascogne
  317. Genath
  318. Gentona
  319. Geogrotesque
  320. Georgia
  321. Gerbera
  322. Gesta
  323. Gibson
  324. Gill Facia
  325. Gill Sans
  326. Gin
  327. Ginto
  328. Giorgio Sans
  329. Glosa Display
  330. Glypha
  331. Google Sans
  332. Gordita
  333. Gotham
  334. Gotham Rounded
  335. Gothic 13
  336. Gothic 720
  337. Gothic 821
  338. Gothic A1
  339. Goudy Old Style
  340. Grad
  341. Graebenbach
  342. Granite
  343. Granville
  344. Graphik
  345. Graphite
  346. Grifinito
  347. Grifo
  348. Grumpy
  349. GT America
  350. GT America Mono
  351. GT Cinetype
  352. GT Eesti
  353. GT Flexa
  354. GT Flexa Mono
  355. GT Haptik
  356. GT Pressura
  357. GT Pressura Mono
  358. GT Sectra
  359. GT Super
  360. GT Walsheim
  361. GT Zirkon
  362. Guardian
  363. Gza
  364. Halis Grotesque
  365. Halis Rounded
  366. Halyard
  367. Handsome
  368. Harbour
  369. Harmonia Sans
  370. Harriet
  371. Hawthorn
  372. Heimat Sans
  373. Heimat Stencil
  374. Heldane Display
  375. Heldane Text
  376. Hellenic Wide
  377. Helvetica
  378. Helvetica Monospaced
  379. Helvetica Neue
  380. Hera Big
  381. Hercules
  382. Heroic Condensed
  383. Highway Gothic
  384. Hind
  385. Hoboken High
  386. Hoefler Text
  387. Hoefler Titling
  388. Hope Sans
  389. Hurme Geometric Sans
  390. IBM Plex Mono
  391. IBM Plex Sans
  392. Ideal Sans
  393. IM Fell French Canon
  394. Impact
  395. Inconsolata
  396. Industry
  397. Infini
  398. Inknut Antiqua
  399. Input Mono
  400. Integral CF
  401. Interstate
  402. Intro
  403. Introspect
  404. Iosevka
  405. Italian Old Style
  406. ITC American Typewriter
  407. ITC Avant Garde Gothic
  408. ITC Benguiat
  409. ITC Clearface
  410. ITC Conduit
  411. ITC Garamond
  412. ITC Grouch
  413. ITC Johnston
  414. ITC Lubalin Graph
  415. ITC Pioneer
  416. ITC Serif Gothic
  417. ITC Souvenir
  418. ITC Stepp
  419. ITC Tiffany
  420. ITC Usherwood
  421. Ivar
  422. JAF Domus Titling
  423. JeanLuc
  424. Jenna Sue
  425. Jigsaw
  426. Josefin Slab
  427. Jubilat
  428. Jude
  429. Just Lovely
  430. Kamerik
  431. Karla
  432. Karnak
  433. Kepler
  434. Kicker
  435. Knockout
  436. Kostic Serif
  437. Kuenstler Script
  438. Kulturista
  439. L10
  440. La Fabrique
  441. Lab Grotesque Mono
  442. Lacrima
  443. Lamplighter Script
  444. Laplace Mono
  445. Lapture
  446. Larish Alte
  447. Larish Neue
  448. Larsseit
  449. Lasiver
  450. Lato
  451. Lava
  452. Le Jeune
  453. Le Monde Journal
  454. League Gothic
  455. Leighton
  456. Leitura
  457. Leitura Display
  458. Leitura News
  459. Lemur
  460. Letter Gothic
  461. Lettera
  462. Lexia
  463. Libre Baskerville
  464. Libre Franklin
  465. Life
  466. Linotype Brewery
  467. Livory
  468. Lodgecode
  469. Lora
  470. Louize
  471. Louize Display
  472. Lovelo
  473. Lucida Grande
  474. Lusitana
  475. Lust
  476. Lutz Headline
  477. Lydia
  478. Lydian
  479. Lyon Display
  480. Lyon Text
  481. Mabry
  482. MAD Serif
  483. Madina Script
  484. Maiola
  485. Maison
  486. Maison Mono
  487. Maison Neue
  488. Majesti Banner
  489. Mallory
  490. Manus
  491. Maple
  492. Marche
  493. Maria
  494. Marian
  495. Marr Sans
  496. Martha
  497. Mate
  498. Medula One
  499. Melior
  500. Memphis
  501. Menlo
  502. Mercury
  503. Merkury
  504. Merriweather
  505. Messina Sans
  506. Messina Sans Mono
  507. Metier
  508. Metric
  509. Mikro
  510. Miller
  511. Minion
  512. Minister
  513. Minotaur
  514. Minotaur Sans
  515. Miso
  516. Mistral
  517. Moderat
  518. Modern 216
  519. Monaco
  520. Monospace 821
  521. Monosten
  522. Monotype Grotesque
  523. Montserrat
  524. Morion
  525. MPI Sardis
  526. Mr Eaves Modern
  527. Mr Eaves Sans
  528. Mramor
  529. Mrs Eaves
  530. MTT Milano
  531. Muli
  532. Museo Sans
  533. Museo Slab
  534. MVB Solano Gothic
  535. MVB Solitaire
  536. Myriad
  537. Nantes
  538. National
  539. NB Akademie
  540. NB International
  541. Neographik
  542. Neue Droschke
  543. Neue Haas Grotesk
  544. Neue Haas Unica
  545. Neue Swift
  546. Neusa
  547. Neuton
  548. Neutraface
  549. Neutral
  550. Neuzeit
  551. Nevis
  552. New Caledonia
  553. New Rocker
  554. News Cycle
  555. Newzald
  556. Nexa
  557. Nexa Rust
  558. Nimbus Roman
  559. Nimbus Sans
  560. Nitti
  561. Nitti Grotesk
  562. Niveau Grotesk
  563. Nobel
  564. Nocturno
  565. Noe Display
  566. Noe Text
  567. Northwell
  568. Notable
  569. NotCourierSans
  570. Noto Sans
  571. Novecento Sans
  572. Nowie Vremena
  573. Nuckle
  574. Nudista
  575. NY Irvin
  576. Obsidian
  577. OCR B
  578. Office Code Pro
  579. Ogg
  580. Ohm
  581. Old Standard TT
  582. Open Sans
  583. Operator
  584. Opposit
  585. Optima
  586. Orpheus
  587. Ostia Antica
  588. Oswald
  589. Outage
  590. Overpass Mono
  591. P22 Underground
  592. Pakenham
  593. Palatino
  594. Pano
  595. Patron
  596. Pegasus
  597. Peggs
  598. Peignot
  599. Peristyle
  600. Perpetua
  601. Pica 10 Pitch
  602. Piek
  603. Pirata One
  604. Pitch
  605. Pitch Sans
  606. Plain
  607. Plak
  608. Plan Grotesque
  609. Plan Grotesque Stencil
  610. Plantin
  611. Platform
  612. Playfair Display
  613. Pluto Sans
  614. PMN Caecilia
  615. Pona
  616. Poppins
  617. Populaire
  618. Portrait
  619. Post Grotesk
  620. Poynings
  621. Poynter Serif
  622. Pragmatica
  623. Pragmatica Slab
  624. Prata
  625. Prensa
  626. Prenton
  627. Presicav
  628. Programm
  629. Programme
  630. Prophet
  631. Proto Grotesk
  632. Proxima Nova
  633. Proxima Nova Soft
  634. Proza Libre
  635. PT Sans
  636. PT Serif
  637. Publico
  638. Px Grotesk
  639. Quarto
  640. Questa
  641. Questa Sans
  642. Questrial
  643. Quick
  644. Quicksand
  645. Radikal
  646. Raisonne
  647. Rajdhani
  648. Raleway
  649. Ratio
  650. Reader
  651. Realtime Rounded
  652. Recoleta
  653. Recta
  654. Refrigerator Deluxe
  655. Regular
  656. Relative
  657. Relative Faux
  658. Relative Mono
  659. Remi
  660. Replica
  661. Replica Mono
  662. Revisal
  663. Riccione
  664. Rift
  665. Ringside
  666. Roboto
  667. Roboto Condensed
  668. Roboto Mono
  669. Roboto Slab
  670. Rockwell
  671. Romain
  672. Romana
  673. Rooney
  674. Rooney Sans
  675. Roslindale
  676. Rothenburg
  677. Rubik
  678. Sabon
  679. Sackers Gothic
  680. Sailec
  681. San Francisco
  682. Sanchez
  683. SangBleu Empire
  684. SangBleu King
  685. SangBleu Sans
  686. Saol Display
  687. Saol Text
  688. Satyr
  689. Savate
  690. Schear Grotesk
  691. Schneidler
  692. Schnyder
  693. Scotch Modern
  694. Scout
  695. Selador
  696. Self Modern
  697. Selfie
  698. Sentinel
  699. Separat
  700. Seravek
  701. Serrano
  702. Shadows Into Light
  703. Sharp Grotesk
  704. Sharp Sans
  705. Shift
  706. Sign Painter
  707. Signalist
  708. Simple
  709. Simplon
  710. Simplon Mono
  711. Sina Nova
  712. Siri
  713. Skolar
  714. SM Maxeville
  715. Sneak
  716. Sofia
  717. Soleil
  718. SoLow
  719. Sorts Mill Goudy
  720. Source Code Pro
  721. Source Sans Pro
  722. Source Serif Pro
  723. Space Grotesk
  724. Space Mono
  725. Sparkle Script
  726. Spectral
  727. Spinnaker
  728. Sporting Grotesque
  729. Stag
  730. Standard CT
  731. Stanley
  732. Stardos Stencil
  733. Strangelove
  734. Stratum 2
  735. Styrene
  736. Suisse International
  737. Suisse International Mono
  738. Suisse Neue
  739. Suisse Works
  740. Superior Title
  741. Superstudio
  742. Supria Sans
  743. Surveyor
  744. Suti
  745. Sweet Sans
  746. Swiss 721
  747. Syne
  748. Tablet Gothic
  749. Tacite
  750. Tangier
  751. Termina
  752. Terminal Grotesque
  753. Text
  754. Texta
  755. The Stroke Sans
  756. Theinhardt
  757. Thirsty Script Rough
  758. Throhand
  759. Tiempos Fine
  760. Tiempos Headline
  761. Tiempos Text
  762. Tilda
  763. Tilde
  764. Times New Roman
  765. Timmons NY
  766. Titling Gothic
  767. Today Sans
  768. Torque
  769. Trade Gothic
  770. Tramuntana
  771. Transport
  772. Traulha
  773. Trim Poster
  774. Trio Grotesk
  775. Trivia Serif
  776. Trump Soft
  777. Tungsten
  778. Tungsten Rounded
  779. Tusar
  780. Twentieth Century
  781. Typ1451
  782. Typonine Stencil
  783. U8
  784. Uber Move
  785. Unica77
  786. Univers
  787. Untitled Sans
  788. Untitled Serif
  789. URW Antiqua
  790. URW Grotesk
  791. Utopia
  792. Valter
  793. Value Sans
  794. Value Serif
  795. Vanitas
  796. Varela Round
  797. Vaud
  798. Veneer
  799. Venetian 301
  800. Venus
  801. Verdana
  802. Verlag
  803. Verona
  804. Vesterbro
  805. Vinter
  806. Visby CF
  807. Vista Sans
  808. Visuelt
  809. Vitesse
  810. Vollkorn
  811. Voyager
  812. VUCA
  813. Vwk Mono
  814. Walfork
  815. Warnock
  816. Weiss
  817. Whitney
  818. Wigrum
  819. Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch
  820. Windsor
  821. Woodkit
  822. Work Sans
  823. Wremena
  824. Young Serif
  825. Zenon
  826. Ziggurat
  827. Zimmer