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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 82-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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82-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 May 21, 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 764 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. Adieu
  16. Adobe Text
  17. AG Book
  18. Agipo
  19. Akkurat
  20. Akkurat Mono
  21. Aktiv Grotesk
  22. Akzidenz Grotesk
  23. Albertina
  24. Albertus
  25. Albertus Nova
  26. Alegreya
  27. Alegreya Sans
  28. Alix FB
  29. Alright Sans
  30. Alternate Gothic
  31. Alverata
  32. Amasis
  33. Amatic SC
  34. Ambroise
  35. Americana
  36. Amerigo
  37. Andale Mono
  38. Andes
  39. Anisette Petite
  40. Ano
  41. Anonymous Pro
  42. Antenna
  43. Antique Olive
  44. Antwerp
  45. Apercu
  46. Apercu Mono
  47. Apex Serif
  48. Apple Chancery
  49. Arbutus Slab
  50. Archer
  51. Archive
  52. Archivo Narrow
  53. Arial
  54. Armitage
  55. Arnhem
  56. Arquitecta
  57. ARS Maquette
  58. Arvo
  59. Ascender Sans Mono
  60. Ashbury
  61. ATC Harris
  62. ATC Ripley
  63. Atlas Grotesk
  64. Atlas Typewriter
  65. Austin
  66. Avenir
  67. Averia Serif Libre
  68. Averta
  69. AW Conqueror Didot
  70. Azo Sans
  71. Balto
  72. Basic Sans
  73. Basis Grotesque
  74. Basis Grotesque Mono
  75. Baskerville
  76. Baton
  77. Battersea Slab
  78. BC Falster Grotesk
  79. Beatrice Display
  80. Beausite
  81. Bebas Neue
  82. Beirut
  83. Bell
  84. Belwe Mono
  85. Benton Modern
  86. Benton Sans
  87. Berlingske Serif
  88. Bernini Sans
  89. Bianco Sans
  90. Bianco Serif
  91. Big Caslon
  92. BioRhyme
  93. Bitter
  94. Blanco
  95. Blender
  96. Block Berthold
  97. Bodoni
  98. Bodoni Egyptian
  99. Bodoni Poster
  100. Bonobo
  101. Bookman
  102. Bookmania
  103. Bosca
  104. Boutique
  105. Brandon Grotesque
  106. Brandon Printed
  107. Brauer Neue
  108. Brevia
  109. Brezel Grotesk
  110. Brix Sans
  111. Brothers
  112. Brown
  113. Brunel
  114. Bryant
  115. Buenos Aires
  116. Bureau Grotesque
  117. Burgess
  118. Butler
  119. Cabin
  120. Calendas Plus
  121. Calibre
  122. Calibri
  123. Calluna
  124. Calluna Sans
  125. Calvert
  126. Campton
  127. Canela
  128. Cantarell
  129. Caponi
  130. Cardo
  131. Carlton
  132. Caslon
  133. Caslon Graphique
  134. Caxton
  135. Centaur
  136. Centima Mono
  137. Central Avenue
  138. Century Old Style
  139. Century Schoolbook
  140. Century Schoolbook Mono
  141. Cerebri Sans
  142. Champion Gothic
  143. Chap
  144. Chaparral
  145. Chapeau
  146. Cheltenham
  147. Chesterfield
  148. Chiswick Serif
  149. Chivo
  150. Chobani Sans
  151. Chobani Serif
  152. Chronicle Display
  153. Chronicle Text
  154. Cimarron
  155. Cindie Mono
  156. Circe
  157. Circular
  158. Clarendon
  159. Clearface Gothic
  160. Cochin
  161. Colfax
  162. Columbia Sans
  163. Comic Sans
  164. Compacta
  165. Consolas
  166. Contax Sans
  167. Cooper
  168. Cooper Hewitt
  169. Coranto 2
  170. Cormorant
  171. Cortado Script
  172. Cotoris
  173. Courier
  174. Courier Prime
  175. Courier Sans
  176. Cousine
  177. Crimson Text
  178. Cubano
  179. Cutive
  180. Cutive Mono
  181. Dala Floda
  182. Dala Moa
  183. Dala Prisma
  184. Damien
  185. Darby Sans
  186. Dear Sarah
  187. Decima
  188. Decima Mono
  189. DejaVu Serif
  190. Dia
  191. Didot
  192. DIN
  193. DIN Mono
  194. DIN Round
  195. Dinamit
  196. Displace
  197. Domaine Display
  198. Domaine Sans
  199. Domaine Text
  200. Domine
  201. Droid Sans
  202. Droid Sans Mono
  203. Droid Serif
  204. Druk
  205. Drury Lane
  206. Eames Century Modern
  207. Eames Century Modern Stencil
  208. Eczar
  209. Edmondsans
  210. Edwardian
  211. Effra
  212. Egyptienne
  213. Ehrhardt
  214. Eksell Display
  215. Eldorado
  216. Electra
  217. Elementa
  218. Elena
  219. Elephant
  220. Engravers
  221. Engravers Gothic
  222. Equip
  223. Erato
  224. Eskapade
  225. Euclid Flex
  226. Europa
  227. Eurostile
  228. Exchange
  229. Executive
  230. F37 Bella
  231. F37 Jan
  232. Fabrik
  233. Facit
  234. Fakt
  235. Falafel Grotesque
  236. Farnham
  237. FatFrank
  238. Faunus
  239. Favorit
  240. Fedra Mono
  241. Fedra Serif
  242. Feijoa
  243. FF Atma Serif
  244. FF Bau
  245. FF Clan
  246. FF Dagny
  247. FF Franziska
  248. FF Good Headline
  249. FF Kievit
  250. FF Kievit Slab
  251. FF Mark
  252. FF Meta
  253. FF Meta Serif
  254. FF Olsen
  255. FF Oxide
  256. FF Quadraat
  257. FF Scala
  258. FF Scala Sans
  259. FF Super Grotesk
  260. FF Tisa
  261. FF Tisa Sans
  262. FF Unit Slab
  263. Filosofia
  264. Filson
  265. Financier Display
  266. Financier Text
  267. Fira Sans
  268. Fjalla One
  269. Fjord One
  270. Flama
  271. Flandria
  272. Flyer
  273. Folio
  274. Forma
  275. Foro
  276. Fort
  277. Fortescue
  278. Forza
  279. Founders Grotesk
  280. Founders Grotesk Mono
  281. Fournier
  282. Fraktur
  283. Franklin Gothic
  284. Frauen
  285. Freeland
  286. Freight Big
  287. Freight Display
  288. Freight Neo
  289. Freight Sans
  290. Freight Text
  291. Friz Quadrata
  292. FS Emeric
  293. Fugue
  294. Fugue Mono
  295. Futura
  296. Gabriela Stencil
  297. Galano Grotesque
  298. Galaxie Copernicus
  299. Galaxie Polaris
  300. Galliard
  301. Garage Gothic
  302. Garamond
  303. Gascogne
  304. Genath
  305. Gentona
  306. Geogrotesque
  307. Georgia
  308. Gerbera
  309. Gesta
  310. Gibson
  311. Gill Facia
  312. Gill Sans
  313. Gin
  314. Ginto
  315. Giorgio Sans
  316. Glosa Display
  317. Glypha
  318. Gordita
  319. Gotham
  320. Gotham Rounded
  321. Gothic 13
  322. Gothic 720
  323. Gothic 821
  324. Goudy Old Style
  325. Grad
  326. Graebenbach
  327. Granite
  328. Granville
  329. Graphik
  330. Graphite
  331. Grifinito
  332. Grifo
  333. Grumpy
  334. GT America
  335. GT America Mono
  336. GT Cinetype
  337. GT Eesti
  338. GT Haptik
  339. GT Pressura
  340. GT Pressura Mono
  341. GT Sectra
  342. GT Super
  343. GT Walsheim
  344. GT Zirkon
  345. Guardian
  346. Gza
  347. Halis Grotesque
  348. Halis Rounded
  349. Handsome
  350. Harbour
  351. Harmonia Sans
  352. Harriet
  353. Hawthorn
  354. Heimat Sans
  355. Heimat Stencil
  356. Hellenic Wide
  357. Helvetica
  358. Helvetica Monospaced
  359. Helvetica Neue
  360. Hera Big
  361. Hercules
  362. Heroic Condensed
  363. Highway Gothic
  364. Hind
  365. Hoboken High
  366. Hoefler Text
  367. Hoefler Titling
  368. Hurme Geometric Sans
  369. IBM Plex Mono
  370. IBM Plex Sans
  371. Ideal Sans
  372. Impact
  373. Inconsolata
  374. Industry
  375. Inknut Antiqua
  376. Input Mono
  377. Interstate
  378. Intro
  379. Introspect
  380. Iosevka
  381. Italian Old Style
  382. ITC American Typewriter
  383. ITC Avant Garde Gothic
  384. ITC Benguiat
  385. ITC Clearface
  386. ITC Conduit
  387. ITC Garamond
  388. ITC Grouch
  389. ITC Johnston
  390. ITC Lubalin Graph
  391. ITC Serif Gothic
  392. ITC Souvenir
  393. ITC Stepp
  394. ITC Tiffany
  395. ITC Usherwood
  396. JAF Domus Titling
  397. Jenna Sue
  398. Jigsaw
  399. Josefin Slab
  400. Jubilat
  401. Jude
  402. Just Lovely
  403. Kamerik
  404. Karla
  405. Karnak
  406. Kepler
  407. Kicker
  408. Knockout
  409. Kostic Serif
  410. Kulturista
  411. L10
  412. La Fabrique
  413. Lacrima
  414. Lamplighter Script
  415. Laplace Mono
  416. Lapture
  417. Larish Alte
  418. Larish Neue
  419. Larsseit
  420. Lasiver
  421. Lato
  422. Lava
  423. Le Monde Journal
  424. League Gothic
  425. Leighton
  426. Leitura
  427. Leitura Display
  428. Leitura News
  429. Lemur
  430. Letter Gothic
  431. Lettera
  432. Lexia
  433. Libre Baskerville
  434. Libre Franklin
  435. Life
  436. Linotype Brewery
  437. Livory
  438. Lodgecode
  439. Lora
  440. Louize
  441. Louize Display
  442. Lovelo
  443. Lusitana
  444. Lust
  445. Lutz Headline
  446. Lydia
  447. Lydian
  448. Lyon Display
  449. Lyon Text
  450. Mabry
  451. Madina Script
  452. Maiola
  453. Maison
  454. Maison Mono
  455. Maison Neue
  456. Majesti Banner
  457. Mallory
  458. Manus
  459. Maple
  460. Maria
  461. Marian
  462. Marr Sans
  463. Martha
  464. Mate
  465. Medula One
  466. Melior
  467. Memphis
  468. Menlo
  469. Mercury
  470. Merkury
  471. Merriweather
  472. Metier
  473. Metric
  474. Mikro
  475. Miller
  476. Minion
  477. Minister
  478. Minotaur
  479. Minotaur Sans
  480. Miso
  481. Mistral
  482. Moderat
  483. Modern 216
  484. Monaco
  485. Monospace 821
  486. Monosten
  487. Monotype Grotesque
  488. Montserrat
  489. Morion
  490. MPI Sardis
  491. Mr Eaves Modern
  492. Mr Eaves Sans
  493. Mramor
  494. Mrs Eaves
  495. MTT Milano
  496. Muli
  497. Museo Sans
  498. Museo Slab
  499. MVB Solano Gothic
  500. MVB Solitaire
  501. Myriad
  502. Nantes
  503. National
  504. Neographik
  505. Neue Droschke
  506. Neue Haas Grotesk
  507. Neue Haas Unica
  508. Neue Swift
  509. Neusa
  510. Neuton
  511. Neutraface
  512. Neutral
  513. Neuzeit
  514. Nevis
  515. New Caledonia
  516. New Rocker
  517. News Cycle
  518. Newzald
  519. Nexa
  520. Nexa Rust
  521. Nimbus Roman
  522. Nimbus Sans
  523. Nitti
  524. Nitti Grotesk
  525. Niveau Grotesk
  526. Nobel
  527. Nocturno
  528. Noe Display
  529. Noe Text
  530. NotCourierSans
  531. Noto Sans
  532. Novecento Sans
  533. Nowie Vremena
  534. Nudista
  535. NY Irvin
  536. Obsidian
  537. OCR B
  538. Office Code Pro
  539. Ogg
  540. Ohm
  541. Old Standard TT
  542. Open Sans
  543. Operator
  544. Opposit
  545. Optima
  546. Orpheus
  547. Oswald
  548. Outage
  549. Overpass Mono
  550. P22 Underground
  551. Pakenham
  552. Palatino
  553. Patron
  554. Pegasus
  555. Peggs
  556. Peignot
  557. Peristyle
  558. Perpetua
  559. Pica 10 Pitch
  560. Piek
  561. Pirata One
  562. Pitch
  563. Pitch Sans
  564. Plain
  565. Plan Grotesque
  566. Plan Grotesque Stencil
  567. Plantin
  568. Platform
  569. Playfair Display
  570. Pluto Sans
  571. PMN Caecilia
  572. Pona
  573. Poppins
  574. Populaire
  575. Portrait
  576. Post Grotesk
  577. Poynings
  578. Poynter Serif
  579. Pragmatica
  580. Pragmatica Slab
  581. Prata
  582. Prensa
  583. Prenton
  584. Presicav
  585. Programm
  586. Programme
  587. Prophet
  588. Proxima Nova
  589. Proxima Nova Soft
  590. Proza Libre
  591. PT Sans
  592. PT Serif
  593. Publico
  594. Px Grotesk
  595. Quarto
  596. Questa
  597. Questa Sans
  598. Questrial
  599. Quick
  600. Quicksand
  601. Radikal
  602. Raisonne
  603. Rajdhani
  604. Raleway
  605. Ratio
  606. Reader
  607. Realtime Rounded
  608. Recta
  609. Refrigerator Deluxe
  610. Regular
  611. Relative
  612. Relative Faux
  613. Remi
  614. Replica
  615. Replica Mono
  616. Revisal
  617. Riccione
  618. Rift
  619. Ringside
  620. Roboto
  621. Roboto Condensed
  622. Roboto Mono
  623. Roboto Slab
  624. Rockwell
  625. Romain
  626. Romana
  627. Rooney
  628. Rooney Sans
  629. Rothenburg
  630. Rubik
  631. Sabon
  632. Sackers Gothic
  633. Sailec
  634. San Francisco
  635. Sanchez
  636. SangBleu Empire
  637. SangBleu King
  638. SangBleu Sans
  639. Saol Display
  640. Saol Text
  641. Satyr
  642. Schear Grotesk
  643. Schneidler
  644. Scotch Modern
  645. Scout
  646. Selador
  647. Selfie
  648. Sentinel
  649. Separat
  650. Seravek
  651. Serrano
  652. Sharp Grotesk
  653. Sharp Sans
  654. Shift
  655. Sign Painter
  656. Signalist
  657. Simple
  658. Simplon
  659. Simplon Mono
  660. Sina Nova
  661. Skolar
  662. SM Maxeville
  663. Sneak
  664. Sofia
  665. Soleil
  666. Sorts Mill Goudy
  667. Source Code Pro
  668. Source Sans Pro
  669. Source Serif Pro
  670. Space Mono
  671. Sparkle Script
  672. Spectral
  673. Spinnaker
  674. Sporting Grotesque
  675. Stag
  676. Standard CT
  677. Stanley
  678. Stardos Stencil
  679. Strangelove
  680. Stratum 2
  681. Styrene
  682. Suisse International
  683. Suisse International Mono
  684. Suisse Neue
  685. Suisse Works
  686. Superior Title
  687. Superstudio
  688. Supria Sans
  689. Surveyor
  690. Sweet Sans
  691. Swiss 721
  692. Tablet Gothic
  693. Tacite
  694. Tangier
  695. Termina
  696. Texta
  697. The Stroke Sans
  698. Theinhardt
  699. Thirsty Script Rough
  700. Throhand
  701. Tiempos Headline
  702. Tiempos Text
  703. Tilda
  704. Tilde
  705. Times New Roman
  706. Timmons NY
  707. Titling Gothic
  708. Today Sans
  709. Torque
  710. Trade Gothic
  711. Tramuntana
  712. Transport
  713. Traulha
  714. Trim Poster
  715. Trio Grotesk
  716. Trivia Serif
  717. Trump Soft
  718. Tungsten
  719. Tungsten Rounded
  720. Tusar
  721. Twentieth Century
  722. Typ1451
  723. Typonine Stencil
  724. U8
  725. Unica77
  726. Univers
  727. Untitled Sans
  728. Untitled Serif
  729. URW Antiqua
  730. URW Grotesk
  731. Utopia
  732. Valter
  733. Value Sans
  734. Value Serif
  735. Vanitas
  736. Varela Round
  737. Vaud
  738. Veneer
  739. Venetian 301
  740. Venus
  741. Verdana
  742. Verlag
  743. Verona
  744. Vinter
  745. Visby CF
  746. Vista Sans
  747. Visuelt
  748. Vitesse
  749. Vollkorn
  750. Voyager
  751. VUCA
  752. Vwk Mono
  753. Walfork
  754. Warnock
  755. Weiss
  756. Whitney
  757. Wigrum
  758. Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch
  759. Windsor
  760. Woodkit
  761. Work Sans
  762. Young Serif
  763. Ziggurat
  764. Zimmer