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