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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 83-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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83-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 September 17, 2018

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 30-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 790 fonts—from Aachen to Zimmer:

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