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