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Does anyone know any other fonts similar to Helvetica Neue (free for commercial use)? I'm working on a big website project where 'Helvetica Neue' is used heavily. I need a font that looks almost the same, is free for personal and commercial use, and looks good even when used with copytext (e.g. fontsize for copytext = 11px, for headlines = 16px).

Also there should be a condensed-font style included (if possible). TIA!

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Have you checked this question? graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/602/… –  Yisela Jan 29 '13 at 3:03
possible duplicate of Helvetica Neue Equivalent on Google Fonts? –  thomasrutter Sep 2 '13 at 2:50
It's similar to that question, though that one was specifically looking for something in Google Fonts. –  thomasrutter Sep 2 '13 at 2:50
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I still think that for web, the best free option out there is Liberation Sans. It renders perfectly with @font-face.

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But you can get Helvetica Neue for web from Fonts.com for web use for a fair price too. I would probably use font-family:"Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, Liberation Sans, Arial, sans-serif"; so those pcs with the font installed can see it, and those who don't have it can see a replacement.

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Thank you very much! This helps a lot!:) –  drpelz Jan 29 '13 at 4:05
No problem. Make sure you also check the other answers in that question I mentioned, because there are some really good ones. –  Yisela Jan 29 '13 at 4:10
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Roboto is a good neo-grotesque sans that can replace Helvetica. Commissioned by Google and released for free. Used as Android's answer to iOS' Helvetica (Neue).

More about Roboto's similarity to Helvetica here. It's slightly more humanised I think. I wouldn't overstate its similarity, but I would say it's a good free alternative.

I also agree with Yisela's recommendation of Liberation Sans, which is also a good font albeit available in fewer weights.

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Thnx a lot! Nice hint!:) –  drpelz Oct 27 '13 at 21:36
Yeah, has lots of weights too, similar to Helvetica Neue. :-) –  Simon Mar 13 at 7:07
Roboto on Google webfonts here: google.com/fonts#UsePlace:use/Collection:Roboto –  Simon Mar 13 at 7:08
I've added a better image sample that shows some of the weights and styles. –  thomasrutter 15 hours ago
The best thing about Roboto is that it's more like Univers than Helvetica ;) –  plainclothes 11 hours ago
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These look similar. I hope they'll work for you.


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Thanks! Indeed they look very nice!:D –  drpelz Aug 25 '13 at 18:02
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MgOpen Moderna is pretty close:

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Link is now broken and I can't find an "official" looking link to replace it with. –  thomasrutter 15 hours ago
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