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