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DIN: Free Alternatives & Similar Fonts

If you’re looking for free alternatives to DIN, here are 6 of the highest-quality look-alikes and similar fonts.

  1. D-DIN (closest match)
  2. Gidole
  3. Barlow (best overall)
  4. Golos UI
  5. Clear Sans (underused alternative)
  6. Bai Jamjuree (more stylized option)

For each, I’ll mention the advantages, disadvantages, and why you might choose it. Ready? Let’s get started.

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1. D-DIN

The free D-DIN is a fantastic match, though of somewhat limited practical use.

D-DIN vs. DIN font comparison

It all boils down to D-DIN only shipping with 2 weights (and one italic weight). That’s open source fonts for ya! Nonetheless, if you need a spot-on match for DIN in nothing but regular and bold, look no further.

Uppercase D-DIN vs. DIN font comparison

DIN shines in uppercase, and it’s worth directly comparing some free alternatives in that setting. Here you can see D-DIN continues to be a fantastic alternative.

What it’s got: 2 weights + 1 italic weight

Get it at: D-DIN at Font Squirrel

2. Gidole

The single-weight Gidole at Github was a nice side-project, but is tough to use in the real world.

Gidole vs. DIN font comparison

Hopefully the type designer will flesh this one out a bit. Gidole is a nice DIN-like open source font, but having only a single weight (and no italics) renders it somewhat impractical.

What it’s got: 1 weight, no italics

Get it at: Gidole at Github

3. Barlow

The more versatile Barlow at Google Fonts is closest Google Font to DIN, and perhaps the all-around best free alternative.

Barlow vs. DIN font comparison

While the “g” is perhaps a bit too distinctive for my tastes, there’s no real reason why Barlow isn’t the best all-around free alternative to DIN. Plenty of weights, some letterforms even look better than DIN’s (why does DIN have a curved “l”, for instance?). What’s not to love?

Uppercase Barlow vs. DIN font comparison

In similar fashion, you’ve got to love Barlow’s uppercase “Q”. Once you see it, the vertical tail just makes sense. But: I digress.

What it’s got: 9 weights + italics

Get it at: Barlow at Google Fonts

4. Golos UI

The new Golos UI is a shockingly close alternative to DIN.

Golos UI vs. DIN font comparison

The biggest downside is the lack of weights – only 3, and no italics. That being said, if you hear about Golos, it’ll probably be in the context of another feature: it’s uniwidth, meaning each letterform takes up the same width, whether it’s light, normal, or bold. For UI designers, this means you can use bolding to distinguish active elements in a list – and not risk them running onto another line when bold (causing the whole layout to “jump”).

Uppercase Golos UI vs. DIN font comparison

Golos is just as solid a free DIN-alternative for uppercase as it is for lowercase!

What it’s got: 3 weights, no italics

Get it at: Golos UI at Befonts

5. Clear Sans

Less a DIN-lookalike than an interesting alternative, Clear Sans remains completely underused.

Clear Sans vs. DIN font comparison

No one is going to mistake Clear Sans for DIN, but everyone can understand it’s got the same overall vibe – squared-off, punchy, and technical. Add to this the fact that you’ll basically never see it in the wild, and this makes a quite decent option for a free DIN alternative.

What it’s got: 5 weights + 2 italic weights

Get it at: Clear Sans at Font Squirrel

6. Bai Jamjuree

The Google Font Bai Jamjuree is even more squared-off and technical than DIN.

Bai Jamjuree vs. DIN font comparison

This one is a bit like DIN, but with the brand amped up until it feels like it almost belongs in a video game. Nonetheless, for being a very high-quality Google Font, you’ll almost never see this one in the wild. This is one I recommend to all my students.

What it’s got: 6 weights + italics

Get it at: Bai Jamjuree at Google Fonts

Other DIN Alternatives

If you’re looking to branch out from DIN, it’s worth checking out some of the other alternatives in this guide. For instance, the Futura alternatives also have a punchy uppercase, and work in many of the same contexts as DIN. Likewise, the Helvetica alternatives are clean, simple, and neutral.

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