Helvetica is a widely used sans-serif typeface developed in 1957 by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger with input from Eduard Hoffmann. It is a neo-grotesque or realist design, one influenced by the famous 19th century typeface Akzidenz-Grotesk and other German and Swiss designs. Its use became a hallmark of the International Typographic Style that emerged from the work of Swiss designers in the 1950s and 60s, becoming one of the most popular typefaces of the 20th century.

Today there are lots of free available fonts similar to Helvetica fonts especially we find matches in kerning, glyphs, character sets and specimens. In this tutorial we have arranged 10 best free alternative fonts to Helvetica and update version “Helvetica Neue.”

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Work Sans


Work Sans is a typeface family based loosely on early Grotesques, such as those by Stephenson Blake, Miller & Richard and Bauerschen Giesserei. The Regular weight and others in the middle of the family are optimized for on-screen text usage at medium-sizes (14px-48px) and can also be used in print design.



Coolvetica is a scratch-built, sans-serif typeface that is inspired by 1970’s American logo designs. This was an era where everyone was modifying Helvetica with funky curls, mixed-case and effects. Now here coolvetica reorigins that 1970’s custom display lettering look with really tight kerning and funky curls.

FreeSans by GNU


Freesans is licensed under GNU and available to download free and use for both personal and commercial project. Free Sans is highly inspired from Helvetica and it’s kerning, glyphs are just like resemble to Helvetica font family.



Aileron is another font inspired from Helvetica font family. It’s available to download free and use on both personal and commercial projects.

Alte Haas Grotesk


Alte Haas Grotesk is a typeface that look like an helvetica printed in an old Muller-Brockmann Book. This font is useful and available to download free and use on both personal and commercial projects.



This font is available under the SIL Open Font License. It was originally released under a BSD license and currently all digitized by George Williams

Kelvetica Nobis


Kelvetica Nobis is another font that is inspired from Helvetica font and it’s highly suitable to design your projects for personal and commercial use.

Liberation Sans


A substitute for Arial, Albany, Helvetica, Nimbus Sans L, and Bitstream Vera Sans. Digitized data © 2007 Ascender Corporation. All rights reserved.

Nimbus Sans


Nimbus Sans is a free font to use for personal and commercial purpose. Nimbus Sans L is a version of Nimbus Sans using Adobe font sources. It was designed in 1987. The family includes 17 fonts in 5 weights and 2 widths, with Nimbus Sans L Extra Black only available in condensed roman format.

A subset of Nimbus Sans L, which includes regular and bold weight fonts in all widths and styles, were released under the GPL and AFPL in Type 1 format in 1996 and LPPL in 2009, and is one of several freely licensed fonts offered by URW++.



TeX Gyre Heros can be used as a replacement for a popular font Helvetica, also known as Swiss (prepared by Max Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann, 1957, at the Haas Type Foundry).


These are some of the free alternative fonts to Helvetica and updated version Helvetica Neue. You can use these fonts for any purpose specially use for personal and commercial purpose.

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