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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 77-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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77-page PDF guide featuring over 600 fonts

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 January 16, 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 632 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. ATC Harris
  55. ATC Ripley
  56. Atlas Grotesk
  57. Atlas Typewriter
  58. Austin
  59. Avant Garde
  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. Beausite
  71. Bebas Neue
  72. Bell
  73. Belwe Mono
  74. Benton Modern
  75. Benton Sans
  76. Bernini Sans
  77. Bianco Sans
  78. Bianco Serif
  79. Big Caslon
  80. BioRhyme
  81. Bitter
  82. Blanco
  83. Blender
  84. Block Berthold
  85. Bodoni
  86. Bodoni Egyptian
  87. Bodoni Poster
  88. Bookman
  89. Bookmania
  90. Boutique
  91. Brandon Grotesque
  92. Brandon Printed
  93. Brevia
  94. Brezel Grotesk
  95. Brix Sans
  96. Brothers
  97. Brown
  98. Brunel
  99. Bryant
  100. Buenos Aires
  101. Bureau Grotesque
  102. Burgess
  103. Butler
  104. Cabin
  105. Calendas Plus
  106. Calibre
  107. Calibri
  108. Calluna
  109. Calluna Sans
  110. Calvert
  111. Campton
  112. Canela
  113. Cantarell
  114. Caponi
  115. Cardo
  116. Caslon
  117. Caslon Graphique
  118. Caxton
  119. Centima Mono
  120. Century Old Style
  121. Century Schoolbook
  122. Century Schoolbook Mono
  123. Champion Gothic
  124. Chap
  125. Chaparral
  126. Chapeau
  127. Cheltenham
  128. Chesterfield
  129. Chivo
  130. Chronicle Display
  131. Chronicle Text
  132. Cimarron
  133. Circe
  134. Circular
  135. Clarendon
  136. Clearface Gothic
  137. Cochin
  138. Colfax
  139. Comic Sans
  140. Compacta
  141. Consolas
  142. Contax Sans
  143. Cooper
  144. Cooper Hewitt
  145. Coranto 2
  146. Cortado Script
  147. Cotoris
  148. Courier
  149. Courier Prime
  150. Courier Sans
  151. Cousine
  152. Crimson Text
  153. Cubano
  154. Cutive Mono
  155. Dala Floda
  156. Dala Moa
  157. Damien
  158. Darby Sans
  159. Dear Sarah
  160. Decima
  161. Decima Mono
  162. DejaVu Serif
  163. Dia
  164. Didot
  165. DIN
  166. DIN Mono
  167. DIN Round
  168. Displace
  169. Domaine Display
  170. Domaine Text
  171. Domine
  172. Droid Sans
  173. Droid Sans Mono
  174. Droid Serif
  175. Druk
  176. Drury Lane
  177. Eames Century Modern
  178. Eames Century Modern Stencil
  179. Eczar
  180. Edmondsans
  181. Edwardian
  182. Effra
  183. Egyptienne
  184. Ehrhardt
  185. Eksell Display
  186. Eldorado
  187. Electra
  188. Elementa
  189. Elena
  190. Engravers
  191. Engravers Gothic
  192. Equip
  193. Erato
  194. Eskapade
  195. Euclid Flex
  196. Europa
  197. Eurostile
  198. Exchange
  199. Executive
  200. F37 Bella
  201. Fabrik
  202. Facit
  203. Fakt
  204. Farnham
  205. FatFrank
  206. Faunus
  207. Favorit
  208. Fedra Serif
  209. Feijoa
  210. FF Atma Serif
  211. FF Bau
  212. FF Clan
  213. FF Dagny
  214. FF Franziska
  215. FF Good Headline
  216. FF Kievit
  217. FF Kievit Slab
  218. FF Mark
  219. FF Meta
  220. FF Meta Serif
  221. FF Olsen
  222. FF Oxide
  223. FF Quadraat
  224. FF Scala
  225. FF Scala Sans
  226. FF Super Grotesk
  227. FF Tisa
  228. FF Tisa Sans
  229. FF Unit Slab
  230. Filosofia
  231. Filson
  232. Fira Sans
  233. Fjalla One
  234. Fjord One
  235. Flama
  236. Flandria
  237. Flyer
  238. Folio
  239. Forma
  240. Foro
  241. Fort
  242. Fortescue
  243. Forza
  244. Founders Grotesk
  245. Founders Grotesk Mono
  246. Fraktur
  247. Franklin Gothic
  248. Freeland
  249. Freight Big
  250. Freight Display
  251. Freight Sans
  252. Freight Text
  253. Friz Quadrata
  254. FS Emeric
  255. Fugue
  256. Fugue Mono
  257. Futura
  258. Galano Grotesque
  259. Galaxie Copernicus
  260. Galaxie Polaris
  261. Garage Gothic
  262. Garamond
  263. Genath
  264. Gentona
  265. Geogrotesque
  266. Georgia
  267. Gesta
  268. Gibson
  269. Gill Facia
  270. Gill Sans
  271. Gin
  272. Giorgio Sans
  273. Glypha
  274. Gordita
  275. Gotham
  276. Gotham Rounded
  277. Gothic 13
  278. Goudy Old Style
  279. Grad
  280. Granite
  281. Granville
  282. Graphik
  283. Grifo
  284. Grumpy
  285. GT America
  286. GT America Mono
  287. GT Cinetype
  288. GT Eesti
  289. GT Haptik
  290. GT Pressura
  291. GT Pressura Mono
  292. GT Sectra
  293. GT Walsheim
  294. Guardian
  295. Halis Rounded
  296. Handsome
  297. Harbour
  298. Harmonia Sans
  299. Harriet
  300. Hawthorn
  301. Heimat Sans
  302. Heimat Stencil
  303. Hellenic Wide
  304. Helvetica
  305. Helvetica Monospaced
  306. Helvetica Neue
  307. Hera Big
  308. Hercules
  309. Heroic Condensed
  310. Highway Gothic
  311. Hind
  312. Hoboken High
  313. Hoefler Text
  314. Hoefler Titling
  315. Hurme Geometric Sans
  316. Ideal Sans
  317. Impact
  318. Inconsolata
  319. Input Mono
  320. Interstate
  321. Intro
  322. Iosevka
  323. Italian Old Style
  324. ITC Benguiat
  325. ITC Clearface
  326. ITC Conduit
  327. ITC Grouch
  328. ITC Johnston
  329. ITC Serif Gothic
  330. ITC Souvenir
  331. ITC Stepp
  332. ITC Tiffany
  333. ITC Usherwood
  334. JAF Domus Titling
  335. Jenna Sue
  336. Jigsaw
  337. Josefin Slab
  338. Jubilat
  339. Jude
  340. Kamerik
  341. Karla
  342. Karnak
  343. Kepler
  344. Kicker
  345. Knockout
  346. Kostic Serif
  347. Kulturista
  348. L10
  349. La Fabrique
  350. Lacrima
  351. Lamplighter Script
  352. Lapture
  353. Larish Alte
  354. Larish Neue
  355. Larsseit
  356. Lasiver
  357. Lato
  358. Lava
  359. Le Monde Journal
  360. League Gothic
  361. Leighton
  362. Leitura
  363. Leitura Display
  364. Leitura News
  365. Letter Gothic
  366. Lettera
  367. Lexia
  368. Libre Baskerville
  369. Libre Franklin
  370. Life
  371. Linotype Brewery
  372. Livory
  373. Lodgecode
  374. Lora
  375. Lovelo
  376. Lusitana
  377. Lust
  378. Lutz Headline
  379. Lydia
  380. Lydian
  381. Lyon Display
  382. Lyon Text
  383. Madina Script
  384. Maison
  385. Maison Mono
  386. Maison Neue
  387. Majesti Banner
  388. Mallory
  389. Manus
  390. Maple
  391. Maria
  392. Marian
  393. Martha
  394. Mate
  395. Medula One
  396. Melior
  397. Menlo
  398. Mercury
  399. Merkury
  400. Merriweather
  401. Metier
  402. Miller
  403. Minion
  404. Minister
  405. Minotaur
  406. Minotaur Sans
  407. Miso
  408. Moderat
  409. Modern 216
  410. Monaco
  411. Monosten
  412. Monotype Grotesque
  413. Montserrat
  414. MPI Sardis
  415. Mr Eaves Modern
  416. Mr Eaves Sans
  417. Mrs Eaves
  418. MTT Milano
  419. Muli
  420. Museo Sans
  421. Museo Slab
  422. MVB Solano Gothic
  423. MVB Solitaire
  424. Myriad
  425. National
  426. Neographik
  427. Neue Droschke
  428. Neue Haas Grotesk
  429. Neue Haas Unica
  430. Neue Swift
  431. Neusa
  432. Neuton
  433. Neutraface
  434. Neutral
  435. Neuzeit
  436. Nevis
  437. New Caledonia
  438. News Cycle
  439. Newzald
  440. Nexa
  441. Nexa Rust
  442. Nimbus Roman
  443. Nimbus Sans
  444. Nitti
  445. Nitti Grotesk
  446. Niveau Grotesk
  447. Nobel
  448. Nocturno
  449. Noe Display
  450. Noe Text
  451. NotCourierSans
  452. Noto Sans
  453. Novecento Sans
  454. Nudista
  455. NY Irvin
  456. Obsidian
  457. OCR B
  458. Ogg
  459. Old Standard TT
  460. Open Sans
  461. Optima
  462. Orpheus
  463. Oswald
  464. Outage
  465. P22 Underground
  466. Pakenham
  467. Palatino
  468. Patron
  469. Peignot
  470. Perpetua
  471. Pica 10 Pitch
  472. Pirata One
  473. Pitch
  474. Plain
  475. Plan Grotesque
  476. Plan Grotesque Stencil
  477. Plantin
  478. Platform
  479. Playfair Display
  480. Pluto Sans
  481. PMN Caecilia
  482. Pona
  483. Poppins
  484. Populaire
  485. Portrait
  486. Post Grotesk
  487. Poynings
  488. Poynter Serif
  489. Pragmatica
  490. Pragmatica Slab
  491. Prata
  492. Prensa
  493. Prenton
  494. Presicav
  495. Proxima Nova
  496. Proxima Nova Soft
  497. PT Sans
  498. PT Serif
  499. Publico
  500. Px Grotesk
  501. Quarto
  502. Questa
  503. Questa Sans
  504. Questrial
  505. Quick
  506. Quicksand
  507. Radikal
  508. Raisonne
  509. Rajdhani
  510. Raleway
  511. Ratio
  512. Reader
  513. Realtime Rounded
  514. Recta
  515. Refrigerator Deluxe
  516. Regular
  517. Relative
  518. Relative Faux
  519. Remi
  520. Replica
  521. Replica Mono
  522. Revisal
  523. Roboto
  524. Roboto Condensed
  525. Roboto Mono
  526. Roboto Slab
  527. Rockwell
  528. Romain
  529. Romana
  530. Rooney
  531. Rooney Sans
  532. Rubik
  533. Sabon
  534. Sackers Gothic
  535. Sailec
  536. San Francisco
  537. Sanchez
  538. SangBleu Sans
  539. Satyr
  540. Schneidler
  541. Scotch Modern
  542. Scout
  543. Selfie
  544. Sentinel
  545. Separat
  546. Seravek
  547. Serrano
  548. Sharp Sans
  549. Shift
  550. Sign Painter
  551. Signalist
  552. Simple
  553. Simplon
  554. Simplon Mono
  555. Sina Nova
  556. Skolar
  557. Sofia
  558. Soleil
  559. Sorts Mill Goudy
  560. Source Code Pro
  561. Source Sans Pro
  562. Source Serif Pro
  563. Space Mono
  564. Sparkle Script
  565. Spinnaker
  566. Stag
  567. Standard CT
  568. Stanley
  569. Stardos Stencil
  570. Strangelove
  571. Stratum 2
  572. Suisse International
  573. Suisse International Mono
  574. Suisse Works
  575. Superior Title
  576. Superstudio
  577. Supria Sans
  578. Surveyor
  579. Sweet Sans
  580. Tablet Gothic
  581. Tangier
  582. Texta
  583. Theinhardt
  584. Thirsty Script Rough
  585. Tiempos Headline
  586. Tiempos Text
  587. Tilda
  588. Tilde
  589. Times New Roman
  590. Titling Gothic
  591. Today Sans
  592. Trade Gothic
  593. Tramuntana
  594. Transport
  595. Trio Grotesk
  596. Trivia Serif
  597. Trump Soft
  598. Tungsten
  599. Tungsten Rounded
  600. Twentieth Century
  601. Typ1451
  602. Typonine Stencil
  603. Univers
  604. URW Antiqua
  605. URW Grotesk
  606. Utopia
  607. Value Sans
  608. Value Serif
  609. Vanitas
  610. Varela Round
  611. Vaud
  612. Veneer
  613. Venetian 301
  614. Venus
  615. Verdana
  616. Verlag
  617. Vinter
  618. Visby CF
  619. Vista Sans
  620. Vitesse
  621. Vollkorn
  622. Voyager
  623. VUCA
  624. Walfork
  625. Warnock
  626. Whitney
  627. Wigrum
  628. Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch
  629. Windsor
  630. Work Sans
  631. Ziggurat
  632. Zimmer