A Curated Collection of the 40 Best Google Fonts

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These are the 40 best free web fonts available on Google Fonts, in my humble opinion. They are all open-source and 100% free for commercial use. This collection focuses on typeface families from reputable type designers and foundries that contain multiple weights and styles. I’m purposefully avoiding single-weight display faces as they have limited usefulness in real-world design projects.

Wondering how to combine these fonts? Check out The Definitive Guide to Free Fonts for some recommended pairings.

Click on the image or font name to see examples of websites using the fonts in the wild. Click on the “Google Fonts” link to use the fonts on your website. The provided ZIP file downloads contain the latest versions of the font files to install on your desktop. The files come from the Google Fonts repository on GitHub—I regularly check the commits on GitHub to make sure the files provided here contain the latest versions.

* Note: An asterisk indicates the family is body text friendly, meaning it contains normal, italic, bold and bold italic styles and has low to moderate stroke contrast, large counters, open apertures and a large x-height.

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1
Work Sans Font Sample
Available in nine weights without italics
2
IBM Plex Sans Font Sample
Available in seven weights with matching italics
3
Space Mono Font Sample
Available in two weights with matching italics
4
Libre Franklin Font Sample
Available in nine weights with matching italics
5
Rubik Font Sample
Rubik*
Available in five weights with matching italics
6
Cormorant Font Sample
Available in five weights with matching italics
7
Fira Sans Font Sample
Available in nine weights with matching italics
8
Eczar Font Sample
Available in five weights without italics
9
Alegreya Sans Font Sample
Available in seven weights with matching italics
10
Alegreya Font Sample
Available in five weights with matching italics


Type Pairing Lookbooks

Font research done for you.





11
Chivo Font Sample
Chivo*
Available in four weights with matching italics
12
Lora Font Sample
Lora*
Available in two weights with matching italics
13
Source Sans Pro Font Sample
Available in six weights with matching italics
14
Source Serif Pro Font Sample
Available in three weights without italics (the ZIP contains italics and three additional weights not available on Google Fonts)
15
Roboto Font Sample
Roboto*
Available in six weights with matching italics
16
Roboto Slab Font Sample
Available in four weights without italics
17
Poppins Font Sample
Poppins*
Available in nine weights with matching italics
18
BioRhyme Font Sample
Available in five weights without italics
19
Archivo Narrow Font Sample
Available in four weights with matching italics
20
Libre Baskerville Font Sample
Available in two weights with one italic style (normal)
21
Playfair Display Font Sample
Available in three weights with matching italics
22
Karla Font Sample
Karla*
Available in two weights with matching italics
23
Montserrat Font Sample
Available in nine weights with matching italics
24
Proza Libre Font Sample
Available in five weights with matching italics
25
Spectral Font Sample
Available in seven weights with matching italics
26
Domine Font Sample
Available in two weights without italics
27
Crimson Text Font Sample
Available in three weights with matching italics
28
Inknut Antiqua Font Sample
Available in seven weights without italics
29
PT Sans Font Sample
PT Sans*
Available in two weights with matching italics
30
PT Serif Font Sample
Available in two weights with matching italics
31
Lato Font Sample
Lato*
Available in five weights with matching italics (the ZIP contains four additional weights not available on Google Fonts)
32
Cardo Font Sample
Available in two weights with one italic style (normal)
33
Neuton Font Sample
Available in five weights with one italic style (normal)
34
Open Sans Font Sample
Available in five weights with matching italics
35
Inconsolata Font Sample
Available in two weights without italics
36
Cabin Font Sample
Cabin*
Available in four weights with matching italics
37
Raleway Font Sample
Raleway*
Available in nine weights with matching italics
38
Anonymous Pro Font Sample
Available in two weights with matching italics
39
Arvo Font Sample
Arvo*
Available in two weights with matching italics
40
Merriweather Font Sample
Available in four weights with matching italics

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any recommendations for pairing Google Fonts?

Clicking any of the font names above (or image samples) will take you to a page that shows examples of that font in use in the wild. This is a great way to gather inspiration and see the combinations that other designers have used. I also wrote an article sharing some of my favorite combinations with a focus on lesser-used typefaces. I have additional pairing recommendations in The Definitive Guide to Free Fonts, which also includes the closest free alternative on Google Fonts to every commercial font featured on Typewolf.

Can I use fonts from Google Fonts in commercial projects?

Yes. All fonts available on Google Fonts are released as open-source under either the SIL Open Font License version 1.1 or Apache License version 2.0. That said, you should always double-check and read the individual license before using any font in a project.

Can I use fonts from Google Fonts in a WordPress theme that I am selling?

Yes. All fonts available on Google Fonts are released as open-source under either the SIL Open Font License version 1.1 or Apache License version 2.0. Both licenses allow for redistribution with the requirement that a copy of the original license and copyright notice is included. That said, you should always double-check and read the individual license before redistributing any font.

Can I use fonts from Google Fonts in print?

Yes. You can download the ZIP files from this page (using the links located under the bottom right corner of the sample images) and then install the font files locally on your system like you would any other font. Some fonts are optimized for use on screens, so it’s always a good idea to print some test copies to see how they read on a printed page.

Can I use fonts from Google Fonts in Photoshop?

Yes. You can download the ZIP files from this page (using the links located under the bottom right corner of the sample images) and then install the font files locally on your system like you would any other font.

Do you recommend self-hosting or serving the fonts directly from Google?

I recommend using the Google Fonts API (the HTML/CSS embed code snippets provided by Google). This allows you to take advantage of cross-site caching, which means a user will already have the fonts cached locally in their browser if they have visited another website that uses the same fonts (and due to the popularity of Google Fonts, this is oftentimes likely). If you use self-hosting, every user will have to download the fonts directly from your server which is usually much slower.

What are your favorite script fonts on Google Fonts?

A few of my favorites are Tangerine, Dancing Script, Bad Script and Sacramento.

What are your favorite condensed sans-serifs on Google Fonts?

Archivo Narrow (included in the list above) is really great. Roboto and Open Sans come in condensed widths as well. A few other nice choices are Barlow Condensed, Pathway Gothic One, Fjalla One and Oswald.

What are your favorite chunky display serifs on Google Fonts?

Abril Fatface is super nice (it didn’t make the top 40 list as it only includes a single style). Also check out Rozha One and Ultra.

Do you have any other favorites that didn’t make this list?

It was hard to narrow this list down to 40 options, so here are some other contenders that didn’t quite make the cut: Zilla Slab, Overpass, Josefin Sans, Josefin Slab, Old Standard TT, Gentium Basic, Varela Round, Rajdhani, Bitter and Nunito Sans.