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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 700 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 700 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 November 20, 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 716 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. Albertus Nova
  24. Alegreya
  25. Alegreya Sans
  26. Alix FB
  27. Alright Sans
  28. Alternate Gothic
  29. Alverata
  30. Amasis
  31. Amatic SC
  32. Ambroise
  33. Americana
  34. Amerigo
  35. Andale Mono
  36. Andes
  37. Anisette Petite
  38. Ano
  39. Anonymous Pro
  40. Antenna
  41. Antique Olive
  42. Antwerp
  43. Apercu
  44. Apercu Mono
  45. Apex Serif
  46. Arbutus Slab
  47. Archer
  48. Archive
  49. Archivo Narrow
  50. Arial
  51. Armitage
  52. Arnhem
  53. Arquitecta
  54. ARS Maquette
  55. Arvo
  56. Ascender Sans Mono
  57. Ashbury
  58. ATC Harris
  59. ATC Ripley
  60. Atlas Grotesk
  61. Atlas Typewriter
  62. Austin
  63. Avenir
  64. Averia Serif Libre
  65. Averta
  66. AW Conqueror Didot
  67. Azo Sans
  68. Balto
  69. Basis Grotesque
  70. Basis Grotesque Mono
  71. Baskerville
  72. Baton
  73. Battersea Slab
  74. BC Falster Grotesk
  75. Beausite
  76. Bebas Neue
  77. Bell
  78. Belwe Mono
  79. Benton Modern
  80. Benton Sans
  81. Berlingske Serif
  82. Bernini Sans
  83. Bianco Sans
  84. Bianco Serif
  85. Big Caslon
  86. BioRhyme
  87. Bitter
  88. Blanco
  89. Blender
  90. Block Berthold
  91. Bodoni
  92. Bodoni Egyptian
  93. Bodoni Poster
  94. Bonobo
  95. Bookman
  96. Bookmania
  97. Boutique
  98. Brandon Grotesque
  99. Brandon Printed
  100. Brauer Neue
  101. Brevia
  102. Brezel Grotesk
  103. Brix Sans
  104. Brothers
  105. Brown
  106. Brunel
  107. Bryant
  108. Buenos Aires
  109. Bureau Grotesque
  110. Burgess
  111. Butler
  112. Cabin
  113. Calendas Plus
  114. Calibre
  115. Calibri
  116. Calluna
  117. Calluna Sans
  118. Calvert
  119. Campton
  120. Canela
  121. Cantarell
  122. Caponi
  123. Cardo
  124. Caslon
  125. Caslon Graphique
  126. Caxton
  127. Centaur
  128. Centima Mono
  129. Century Old Style
  130. Century Schoolbook
  131. Century Schoolbook Mono
  132. Cerebri Sans
  133. Champion Gothic
  134. Chap
  135. Chaparral
  136. Chapeau
  137. Cheltenham
  138. Chesterfield
  139. Chivo
  140. Chronicle Display
  141. Chronicle Text
  142. Cimarron
  143. Circe
  144. Circular
  145. Clarendon
  146. Clearface Gothic
  147. Cochin
  148. Colfax
  149. Columbia Sans
  150. Comic Sans
  151. Compacta
  152. Consolas
  153. Contax Sans
  154. Cooper
  155. Cooper Hewitt
  156. Coranto 2
  157. Cormorant
  158. Cortado Script
  159. Cotoris
  160. Courier
  161. Courier Prime
  162. Courier Sans
  163. Cousine
  164. Crimson Text
  165. Cubano
  166. Cutive
  167. Cutive Mono
  168. Dala Floda
  169. Dala Moa
  170. Dala Prisma
  171. Damien
  172. Darby Sans
  173. Dear Sarah
  174. Decima
  175. Decima Mono
  176. DejaVu Serif
  177. Dia
  178. Didot
  179. DIN
  180. DIN Mono
  181. DIN Round
  182. Displace
  183. Domaine Display
  184. Domaine Text
  185. Domine
  186. Droid Sans
  187. Droid Sans Mono
  188. Droid Serif
  189. Druk
  190. Drury Lane
  191. Eames Century Modern
  192. Eames Century Modern Stencil
  193. Eczar
  194. Edmondsans
  195. Edwardian
  196. Effra
  197. Egyptienne
  198. Ehrhardt
  199. Eksell Display
  200. Eldorado
  201. Electra
  202. Elementa
  203. Elena
  204. Elephant
  205. Engravers
  206. Engravers Gothic
  207. Equip
  208. Erato
  209. Eskapade
  210. Euclid Flex
  211. Europa
  212. Eurostile
  213. Exchange
  214. Executive
  215. F37 Bella
  216. F37 Jan
  217. Fabrik
  218. Facit
  219. Fakt
  220. Farnham
  221. FatFrank
  222. Faunus
  223. Favorit
  224. Fedra Serif
  225. Feijoa
  226. FF Atma Serif
  227. FF Bau
  228. FF Clan
  229. FF Dagny
  230. FF Franziska
  231. FF Good Headline
  232. FF Kievit
  233. FF Kievit Slab
  234. FF Mark
  235. FF Meta
  236. FF Meta Serif
  237. FF Olsen
  238. FF Oxide
  239. FF Quadraat
  240. FF Scala
  241. FF Scala Sans
  242. FF Super Grotesk
  243. FF Tisa
  244. FF Tisa Sans
  245. FF Unit Slab
  246. Filosofia
  247. Filson
  248. Financier Display
  249. Financier Text
  250. Fira Sans
  251. Fjalla One
  252. Fjord One
  253. Flama
  254. Flandria
  255. Flyer
  256. Folio
  257. Forma
  258. Foro
  259. Fort
  260. Fortescue
  261. Forza
  262. Founders Grotesk
  263. Founders Grotesk Mono
  264. Fournier
  265. Fraktur
  266. Franklin Gothic
  267. Frauen
  268. Freeland
  269. Freight Big
  270. Freight Display
  271. Freight Neo
  272. Freight Sans
  273. Freight Text
  274. Friz Quadrata
  275. FS Emeric
  276. Fugue
  277. Fugue Mono
  278. Futura
  279. Gabriela Stencil
  280. Galano Grotesque
  281. Galaxie Copernicus
  282. Galaxie Polaris
  283. Galliard
  284. Garage Gothic
  285. Garamond
  286. Genath
  287. Gentona
  288. Geogrotesque
  289. Georgia
  290. Gerbera
  291. Gesta
  292. Gibson
  293. Gill Facia
  294. Gill Sans
  295. Gin
  296. Giorgio Sans
  297. Glosa Display
  298. Glypha
  299. Gordita
  300. Gotham
  301. Gotham Rounded
  302. Gothic 13
  303. Gothic 720
  304. Goudy Old Style
  305. Grad
  306. Graebenbach
  307. Granite
  308. Granville
  309. Graphik
  310. Grifo
  311. Grumpy
  312. GT America
  313. GT America Mono
  314. GT Cinetype
  315. GT Eesti
  316. GT Haptik
  317. GT Pressura
  318. GT Pressura Mono
  319. GT Sectra
  320. GT Super Display
  321. GT Walsheim
  322. Guardian
  323. Gza
  324. Halis Grotesque
  325. Halis Rounded
  326. Handsome
  327. Harbour
  328. Harmonia Sans
  329. Harriet
  330. Hawthorn
  331. Heimat Sans
  332. Heimat Stencil
  333. Hellenic Wide
  334. Helvetica
  335. Helvetica Monospaced
  336. Helvetica Neue
  337. Hera Big
  338. Hercules
  339. Heroic Condensed
  340. Highway Gothic
  341. Hind
  342. Hoboken High
  343. Hoefler Text
  344. Hoefler Titling
  345. Hurme Geometric Sans
  346. Ideal Sans
  347. Impact
  348. Inconsolata
  349. Industry
  350. Inknut Antiqua
  351. Input Mono
  352. Interstate
  353. Intro
  354. Introspect
  355. Iosevka
  356. Italian Old Style
  357. ITC American Typewriter
  358. ITC Avant Garde Gothic
  359. ITC Benguiat
  360. ITC Clearface
  361. ITC Conduit
  362. ITC Garamond
  363. ITC Grouch
  364. ITC Johnston
  365. ITC Lubalin Graph
  366. ITC Serif Gothic
  367. ITC Souvenir
  368. ITC Stepp
  369. ITC Tiffany
  370. ITC Usherwood
  371. JAF Domus Titling
  372. Jenna Sue
  373. Jigsaw
  374. Josefin Slab
  375. Jubilat
  376. Jude
  377. Kamerik
  378. Karla
  379. Karnak
  380. Kepler
  381. Kicker
  382. Knockout
  383. Kostic Serif
  384. Kulturista
  385. L10
  386. La Fabrique
  387. Lacrima
  388. Lamplighter Script
  389. Lapture
  390. Larish Alte
  391. Larish Neue
  392. Larsseit
  393. Lasiver
  394. Lato
  395. Lava
  396. Le Monde Journal
  397. League Gothic
  398. Leighton
  399. Leitura
  400. Leitura Display
  401. Leitura News
  402. Letter Gothic
  403. Lettera
  404. Lexia
  405. Libre Baskerville
  406. Libre Franklin
  407. Life
  408. Linotype Brewery
  409. Livory
  410. Lodgecode
  411. Lora
  412. Louize
  413. Louize Display
  414. Lovelo
  415. Lusitana
  416. Lust
  417. Lutz Headline
  418. Lydia
  419. Lydian
  420. Lyon Display
  421. Lyon Text
  422. Madina Script
  423. Maiola
  424. Maison
  425. Maison Mono
  426. Maison Neue
  427. Majesti Banner
  428. Mallory
  429. Manus
  430. Maple
  431. Maria
  432. Marian
  433. Marr Sans
  434. Martha
  435. Mate
  436. Medula One
  437. Melior
  438. Memphis
  439. Menlo
  440. Mercury
  441. Merkury
  442. Merriweather
  443. Metier
  444. Metric
  445. Mikro
  446. Miller
  447. Minion
  448. Minister
  449. Minotaur
  450. Minotaur Sans
  451. Miso
  452. Mistral
  453. Moderat
  454. Modern 216
  455. Monaco
  456. Monospace 821
  457. Monosten
  458. Monotype Grotesque
  459. Montserrat
  460. Morion
  461. MPI Sardis
  462. Mr Eaves Modern
  463. Mr Eaves Sans
  464. Mrs Eaves
  465. MTT Milano
  466. Muli
  467. Museo Sans
  468. Museo Slab
  469. MVB Solano Gothic
  470. MVB Solitaire
  471. Myriad
  472. Nantes
  473. National
  474. Neographik
  475. Neue Droschke
  476. Neue Haas Grotesk
  477. Neue Haas Unica
  478. Neue Swift
  479. Neusa
  480. Neuton
  481. Neutraface
  482. Neutral
  483. Neuzeit
  484. Nevis
  485. New Caledonia
  486. New Rocker
  487. News Cycle
  488. Newzald
  489. Nexa
  490. Nexa Rust
  491. Nimbus Roman
  492. Nimbus Sans
  493. Nitti
  494. Nitti Grotesk
  495. Niveau Grotesk
  496. Nobel
  497. Nocturno
  498. Noe Display
  499. Noe Text
  500. NotCourierSans
  501. Noto Sans
  502. Novecento Sans
  503. Nowie Vremena
  504. Nudista
  505. NY Irvin
  506. Obsidian
  507. OCR B
  508. Ogg
  509. Ohm
  510. Old Standard TT
  511. Open Sans
  512. Operator
  513. Optima
  514. Orpheus
  515. Oswald
  516. Outage
  517. Overpass Mono
  518. P22 Underground
  519. Pakenham
  520. Palatino
  521. Patron
  522. Pegasus
  523. Peggs
  524. Peignot
  525. Perpetua
  526. Pica 10 Pitch
  527. Pirata One
  528. Pitch
  529. Pitch Sans
  530. Plain
  531. Plan Grotesque
  532. Plan Grotesque Stencil
  533. Plantin
  534. Platform
  535. Playfair Display
  536. Pluto Sans
  537. PMN Caecilia
  538. Pona
  539. Poppins
  540. Populaire
  541. Portrait
  542. Post Grotesk
  543. Poynings
  544. Poynter Serif
  545. Pragmatica
  546. Pragmatica Slab
  547. Prata
  548. Prensa
  549. Prenton
  550. Presicav
  551. Programme
  552. Proxima Nova
  553. Proxima Nova Soft
  554. Proza Libre
  555. PT Sans
  556. PT Serif
  557. Publico
  558. Px Grotesk
  559. Quarto
  560. Questa
  561. Questa Sans
  562. Questrial
  563. Quick
  564. Quicksand
  565. Radikal
  566. Raisonne
  567. Rajdhani
  568. Raleway
  569. Ratio
  570. Reader
  571. Realtime Rounded
  572. Recta
  573. Refrigerator Deluxe
  574. Regular
  575. Relative
  576. Relative Faux
  577. Remi
  578. Replica
  579. Replica Mono
  580. Revisal
  581. Rift
  582. Ringside
  583. Roboto
  584. Roboto Condensed
  585. Roboto Mono
  586. Roboto Slab
  587. Rockwell
  588. Romain
  589. Romana
  590. Rooney
  591. Rooney Sans
  592. Rothenburg
  593. Rubik
  594. Sabon
  595. Sackers Gothic
  596. Sailec
  597. San Francisco
  598. Sanchez
  599. SangBleu King
  600. SangBleu Sans
  601. Satyr
  602. Schear Grotesk
  603. Schneidler
  604. Scotch Modern
  605. Scout
  606. Selador
  607. Selfie
  608. Sentinel
  609. Separat
  610. Seravek
  611. Serrano
  612. Sharp Grotesk
  613. Sharp Sans
  614. Shift
  615. Sign Painter
  616. Signalist
  617. Simple
  618. Simplon
  619. Simplon Mono
  620. Sina Nova
  621. Skolar
  622. Sneak
  623. Sofia
  624. Soleil
  625. Sorts Mill Goudy
  626. Source Code Pro
  627. Source Sans Pro
  628. Source Serif Pro
  629. Space Mono
  630. Sparkle Script
  631. Spectral
  632. Spinnaker
  633. Stag
  634. Standard CT
  635. Stanley
  636. Stardos Stencil
  637. Strangelove
  638. Stratum 2
  639. Styrene
  640. Suisse International
  641. Suisse International Mono
  642. Suisse Neue
  643. Suisse Works
  644. Superior Title
  645. Superstudio
  646. Supria Sans
  647. Surveyor
  648. Sweet Sans
  649. Swiss 721
  650. Tablet Gothic
  651. Tacite
  652. Tangier
  653. Texta
  654. The Stroke Sans
  655. Theinhardt
  656. Thirsty Script Rough
  657. Tiempos Headline
  658. Tiempos Text
  659. Tilda
  660. Tilde
  661. Times New Roman
  662. Timmons NY
  663. Titling Gothic
  664. Today Sans
  665. Torque
  666. Trade Gothic
  667. Tramuntana
  668. Transport
  669. Trim Poster
  670. Trio Grotesk
  671. Trivia Serif
  672. Trump Soft
  673. Tungsten
  674. Tungsten Rounded
  675. Tusar
  676. Twentieth Century
  677. Typ1451
  678. Typonine Stencil
  679. U8
  680. Unica77
  681. Univers
  682. Untitled Sans
  683. Untitled Serif
  684. URW Antiqua
  685. URW Grotesk
  686. Utopia
  687. Value Sans
  688. Value Serif
  689. Vanitas
  690. Varela Round
  691. Vaud
  692. Veneer
  693. Venetian 301
  694. Venus
  695. Verdana
  696. Verlag
  697. Vinter
  698. Visby CF
  699. Vista Sans
  700. Visuelt
  701. Vitesse
  702. Vollkorn
  703. Voyager
  704. VUCA
  705. Vwk Mono
  706. Walfork
  707. Warnock
  708. Weiss
  709. Whitney
  710. Wigrum
  711. Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch
  712. Windsor
  713. Woodkit
  714. Work Sans
  715. Ziggurat
  716. Zimmer