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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 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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80-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 September 18, 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 703 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. Amerigo
  34. Andale Mono
  35. Andes
  36. Anisette Petite
  37. Ano
  38. Anonymous Pro
  39. Antenna
  40. Antique Olive
  41. Antwerp
  42. Apercu
  43. Apercu Mono
  44. Apex Serif
  45. Arbutus Slab
  46. Archer
  47. Archive
  48. Archivo Narrow
  49. Arial
  50. Armitage
  51. Arnhem
  52. Arquitecta
  53. ARS Maquette
  54. Arvo
  55. Ascender Sans Mono
  56. Ashbury
  57. ATC Harris
  58. ATC Ripley
  59. Atlas Grotesk
  60. Atlas Typewriter
  61. Austin
  62. Avenir
  63. Averia Serif Libre
  64. Averta
  65. AW Conqueror Didot
  66. Azo Sans
  67. Balto
  68. Basis Grotesque
  69. Basis Grotesque Mono
  70. Baskerville
  71. Baton
  72. Battersea Slab
  73. BC Falster Grotesk
  74. Beausite
  75. Bebas Neue
  76. Bell
  77. Belwe Mono
  78. Benton Modern
  79. Benton Sans
  80. Berlingske Serif
  81. Bernini Sans
  82. Bianco Sans
  83. Bianco Serif
  84. Big Caslon
  85. BioRhyme
  86. Bitter
  87. Blanco
  88. Blender
  89. Block Berthold
  90. Bodoni
  91. Bodoni Egyptian
  92. Bodoni Poster
  93. Bonobo
  94. Bookman
  95. Bookmania
  96. Boutique
  97. Brandon Grotesque
  98. Brandon Printed
  99. Brauer Neue
  100. Brevia
  101. Brezel Grotesk
  102. Brix Sans
  103. Brothers
  104. Brown
  105. Brunel
  106. Bryant
  107. Buenos Aires
  108. Bureau Grotesque
  109. Burgess
  110. Butler
  111. Cabin
  112. Calendas Plus
  113. Calibre
  114. Calibri
  115. Calluna
  116. Calluna Sans
  117. Calvert
  118. Campton
  119. Canela
  120. Cantarell
  121. Caponi
  122. Cardo
  123. Caslon
  124. Caslon Graphique
  125. Caxton
  126. Centima Mono
  127. Century Old Style
  128. Century Schoolbook
  129. Century Schoolbook Mono
  130. Cerebri Sans
  131. Champion Gothic
  132. Chap
  133. Chaparral
  134. Chapeau
  135. Cheltenham
  136. Chesterfield
  137. Chivo
  138. Chronicle Display
  139. Chronicle Text
  140. Cimarron
  141. Circe
  142. Circular
  143. Clarendon
  144. Clearface Gothic
  145. Cochin
  146. Colfax
  147. Columbia Sans
  148. Comic Sans
  149. Compacta
  150. Consolas
  151. Contax Sans
  152. Cooper
  153. Cooper Hewitt
  154. Coranto 2
  155. Cormorant
  156. Cortado Script
  157. Cotoris
  158. Courier
  159. Courier Prime
  160. Courier Sans
  161. Cousine
  162. Crimson Text
  163. Cubano
  164. Cutive
  165. Cutive Mono
  166. Dala Floda
  167. Dala Moa
  168. Damien
  169. Darby Sans
  170. Dear Sarah
  171. Decima
  172. Decima Mono
  173. DejaVu Serif
  174. Dia
  175. Didot
  176. DIN
  177. DIN Mono
  178. DIN Round
  179. Displace
  180. Domaine Display
  181. Domaine Text
  182. Domine
  183. Droid Sans
  184. Droid Sans Mono
  185. Droid Serif
  186. Druk
  187. Drury Lane
  188. Eames Century Modern
  189. Eames Century Modern Stencil
  190. Eczar
  191. Edmondsans
  192. Edwardian
  193. Effra
  194. Egyptienne
  195. Ehrhardt
  196. Eksell Display
  197. Eldorado
  198. Electra
  199. Elementa
  200. Elena
  201. Elephant
  202. Engravers
  203. Engravers Gothic
  204. Equip
  205. Erato
  206. Eskapade
  207. Euclid Flex
  208. Europa
  209. Eurostile
  210. Exchange
  211. Executive
  212. F37 Bella
  213. F37 Jan
  214. Fabrik
  215. Facit
  216. Fakt
  217. Farnham
  218. FatFrank
  219. Faunus
  220. Favorit
  221. Fedra Serif
  222. Feijoa
  223. FF Atma Serif
  224. FF Bau
  225. FF Clan
  226. FF Dagny
  227. FF Franziska
  228. FF Good Headline
  229. FF Kievit
  230. FF Kievit Slab
  231. FF Mark
  232. FF Meta
  233. FF Meta Serif
  234. FF Olsen
  235. FF Oxide
  236. FF Quadraat
  237. FF Scala
  238. FF Scala Sans
  239. FF Super Grotesk
  240. FF Tisa
  241. FF Tisa Sans
  242. FF Unit Slab
  243. Filosofia
  244. Filson
  245. Financier Display
  246. Financier Text
  247. Fira Sans
  248. Fjalla One
  249. Fjord One
  250. Flama
  251. Flandria
  252. Flyer
  253. Folio
  254. Forma
  255. Foro
  256. Fort
  257. Fortescue
  258. Forza
  259. Founders Grotesk
  260. Founders Grotesk Mono
  261. Fournier
  262. Fraktur
  263. Franklin Gothic
  264. Frauen
  265. Freeland
  266. Freight Big
  267. Freight Display
  268. Freight Neo
  269. Freight Sans
  270. Freight Text
  271. Friz Quadrata
  272. FS Emeric
  273. Fugue
  274. Fugue Mono
  275. Futura
  276. Gabriela Stencil
  277. Galano Grotesque
  278. Galaxie Copernicus
  279. Galaxie Polaris
  280. Garage Gothic
  281. Garamond
  282. Genath
  283. Gentona
  284. Geogrotesque
  285. Georgia
  286. Gerbera
  287. Gesta
  288. Gibson
  289. Gill Facia
  290. Gill Sans
  291. Gin
  292. Giorgio Sans
  293. Glosa Display
  294. Glypha
  295. Gordita
  296. Gotham
  297. Gotham Rounded
  298. Gothic 13
  299. Goudy Old Style
  300. Grad
  301. Graebenbach
  302. Granite
  303. Granville
  304. Graphik
  305. Grifo
  306. Grumpy
  307. GT America
  308. GT America Mono
  309. GT Cinetype
  310. GT Eesti
  311. GT Haptik
  312. GT Pressura
  313. GT Pressura Mono
  314. GT Sectra
  315. GT Super Display
  316. GT Walsheim
  317. Guardian
  318. Gza
  319. Halis Rounded
  320. Handsome
  321. Harbour
  322. Harmonia Sans
  323. Harriet
  324. Hawthorn
  325. Heimat Sans
  326. Heimat Stencil
  327. Hellenic Wide
  328. Helvetica
  329. Helvetica Monospaced
  330. Helvetica Neue
  331. Hera Big
  332. Hercules
  333. Heroic Condensed
  334. Highway Gothic
  335. Hind
  336. Hoboken High
  337. Hoefler Text
  338. Hoefler Titling
  339. Hurme Geometric Sans
  340. Ideal Sans
  341. Impact
  342. Inconsolata
  343. Industry
  344. Input Mono
  345. Interstate
  346. Intro
  347. Introspect
  348. Iosevka
  349. Italian Old Style
  350. ITC American Typewriter
  351. ITC Avant Garde Gothic
  352. ITC Benguiat
  353. ITC Clearface
  354. ITC Conduit
  355. ITC Grouch
  356. ITC Johnston
  357. ITC Lubalin Graph
  358. ITC Serif Gothic
  359. ITC Souvenir
  360. ITC Stepp
  361. ITC Tiffany
  362. ITC Usherwood
  363. JAF Domus Titling
  364. Jenna Sue
  365. Jigsaw
  366. Josefin Slab
  367. Jubilat
  368. Jude
  369. Kamerik
  370. Karla
  371. Karnak
  372. Kepler
  373. Kicker
  374. Knockout
  375. Kostic Serif
  376. Kulturista
  377. L10
  378. La Fabrique
  379. Lacrima
  380. Lamplighter Script
  381. Lapture
  382. Larish Alte
  383. Larish Neue
  384. Larsseit
  385. Lasiver
  386. Lato
  387. Lava
  388. Le Monde Journal
  389. League Gothic
  390. Leighton
  391. Leitura
  392. Leitura Display
  393. Leitura News
  394. Letter Gothic
  395. Lettera
  396. Lexia
  397. Libre Baskerville
  398. Libre Franklin
  399. Life
  400. Linotype Brewery
  401. Livory
  402. Lodgecode
  403. Lora
  404. Lovelo
  405. Lusitana
  406. Lust
  407. Lutz Headline
  408. Lydia
  409. Lydian
  410. Lyon Display
  411. Lyon Text
  412. Madina Script
  413. Maiola
  414. Maison
  415. Maison Mono
  416. Maison Neue
  417. Majesti Banner
  418. Mallory
  419. Manus
  420. Maple
  421. Maria
  422. Marian
  423. Marr Sans
  424. Martha
  425. Mate
  426. Medula One
  427. Melior
  428. Menlo
  429. Mercury
  430. Merkury
  431. Merriweather
  432. Metier
  433. Metric
  434. Mikro
  435. Miller
  436. Minion
  437. Minister
  438. Minotaur
  439. Minotaur Sans
  440. Miso
  441. Mistral
  442. Moderat
  443. Modern 216
  444. Monaco
  445. Monospace 821
  446. Monosten
  447. Monotype Grotesque
  448. Montserrat
  449. Morion
  450. MPI Sardis
  451. Mr Eaves Modern
  452. Mr Eaves Sans
  453. Mrs Eaves
  454. MTT Milano
  455. Muli
  456. Museo Sans
  457. Museo Slab
  458. MVB Solano Gothic
  459. MVB Solitaire
  460. Myriad
  461. Nantes
  462. National
  463. Neographik
  464. Neue Droschke
  465. Neue Haas Grotesk
  466. Neue Haas Unica
  467. Neue Swift
  468. Neusa
  469. Neuton
  470. Neutraface
  471. Neutral
  472. Neuzeit
  473. Nevis
  474. New Caledonia
  475. New Rocker
  476. News Cycle
  477. Newzald
  478. Nexa
  479. Nexa Rust
  480. Nimbus Roman
  481. Nimbus Sans
  482. Nitti
  483. Nitti Grotesk
  484. Niveau Grotesk
  485. Nobel
  486. Nocturno
  487. Noe Display
  488. Noe Text
  489. NotCourierSans
  490. Noto Sans
  491. Novecento Sans
  492. Nowie Vremena
  493. Nudista
  494. NY Irvin
  495. Obsidian
  496. OCR B
  497. Ogg
  498. Ohm
  499. Old Standard TT
  500. Open Sans
  501. Operator
  502. Optima
  503. Orpheus
  504. Oswald
  505. Outage
  506. Overpass Mono
  507. P22 Underground
  508. Pakenham
  509. Palatino
  510. Patron
  511. Pegasus
  512. Peggs
  513. Peignot
  514. Perpetua
  515. Pica 10 Pitch
  516. Pirata One
  517. Pitch
  518. Pitch Sans
  519. Plain
  520. Plan Grotesque
  521. Plan Grotesque Stencil
  522. Plantin
  523. Platform
  524. Playfair Display
  525. Pluto Sans
  526. PMN Caecilia
  527. Pona
  528. Poppins
  529. Populaire
  530. Portrait
  531. Post Grotesk
  532. Poynings
  533. Poynter Serif
  534. Pragmatica
  535. Pragmatica Slab
  536. Prata
  537. Prensa
  538. Prenton
  539. Presicav
  540. Programme
  541. Proxima Nova
  542. Proxima Nova Soft
  543. Proza Libre
  544. PT Sans
  545. PT Serif
  546. Publico
  547. Px Grotesk
  548. Quarto
  549. Questa
  550. Questa Sans
  551. Questrial
  552. Quick
  553. Quicksand
  554. Radikal
  555. Raisonne
  556. Rajdhani
  557. Raleway
  558. Ratio
  559. Reader
  560. Realtime Rounded
  561. Recta
  562. Refrigerator Deluxe
  563. Regular
  564. Relative
  565. Relative Faux
  566. Remi
  567. Replica
  568. Replica Mono
  569. Revisal
  570. Rift
  571. Ringside
  572. Roboto
  573. Roboto Condensed
  574. Roboto Mono
  575. Roboto Slab
  576. Rockwell
  577. Romain
  578. Romana
  579. Rooney
  580. Rooney Sans
  581. Rothenburg
  582. Rubik
  583. Sabon
  584. Sackers Gothic
  585. Sailec
  586. San Francisco
  587. Sanchez
  588. SangBleu King
  589. SangBleu Sans
  590. Satyr
  591. Schear Grotesk
  592. Schneidler
  593. Scotch Modern
  594. Scout
  595. Selador
  596. Selfie
  597. Sentinel
  598. Separat
  599. Seravek
  600. Serrano
  601. Sharp Grotesk
  602. Sharp Sans
  603. Shift
  604. Sign Painter
  605. Signalist
  606. Simple
  607. Simplon
  608. Simplon Mono
  609. Sina Nova
  610. Skolar
  611. Sneak
  612. Sofia
  613. Soleil
  614. Sorts Mill Goudy
  615. Source Code Pro
  616. Source Sans Pro
  617. Source Serif Pro
  618. Space Mono
  619. Sparkle Script
  620. Spectral
  621. Spinnaker
  622. Stag
  623. Standard CT
  624. Stanley
  625. Stardos Stencil
  626. Strangelove
  627. Stratum 2
  628. Styrene
  629. Suisse International
  630. Suisse International Mono
  631. Suisse Neue
  632. Suisse Works
  633. Superior Title
  634. Superstudio
  635. Supria Sans
  636. Surveyor
  637. Sweet Sans
  638. Tablet Gothic
  639. Tacite
  640. Tangier
  641. Texta
  642. The Stroke Sans
  643. Theinhardt
  644. Thirsty Script Rough
  645. Tiempos Headline
  646. Tiempos Text
  647. Tilda
  648. Tilde
  649. Times New Roman
  650. Timmons NY
  651. Titling Gothic
  652. Today Sans
  653. Torque
  654. Trade Gothic
  655. Tramuntana
  656. Transport
  657. Trim Poster
  658. Trio Grotesk
  659. Trivia Serif
  660. Trump Soft
  661. Tungsten
  662. Tungsten Rounded
  663. Tusar
  664. Twentieth Century
  665. Typ1451
  666. Typonine Stencil
  667. Unica77
  668. Univers
  669. Untitled Sans
  670. Untitled Serif
  671. URW Antiqua
  672. URW Grotesk
  673. Utopia
  674. Value Sans
  675. Value Serif
  676. Vanitas
  677. Varela Round
  678. Vaud
  679. Veneer
  680. Venetian 301
  681. Venus
  682. Verdana
  683. Verlag
  684. Vinter
  685. Visby CF
  686. Vista Sans
  687. Visuelt
  688. Vitesse
  689. Vollkorn
  690. Voyager
  691. VUCA
  692. Vwk Mono
  693. Walfork
  694. Warnock
  695. Weiss
  696. Whitney
  697. Wigrum
  698. Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch
  699. Windsor
  700. Woodkit
  701. Work Sans
  702. Ziggurat
  703. Zimmer