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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 77-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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77-page PDF guide featuring over 600 fonts

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 December 5, 2016

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