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Like it or not, Impact is now associated with image macros and memes throughout the web. As the Impact font itself is not free to distribute, I was wondering if there were similar fonts available under more permissive licenses? I haven't been able to find one that felt right enough.

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It's not the same design, but League Gothic is a good free bold grotesque sans that may give you the feel you want.

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Coda looks very similar to me, however it is much more vertically condensed.

Coda font example

If you un-scrunch it, it looks much more similar:

un-scrunched

Try it out

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The author of this font also has fonts that look basically identical to lots of classic fonts like Clarendon, Frutiger, Rockwell, Eurostile, Trade Gothic, and lots more. It looks like he takes old fonts and creates new versions of them under an open license. – thomasrutter Aug 26 '14 at 1:19

The best alternative I know of, that is free for commercial use is Bebas Neue.

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That looks nice, but I'm looking for one that allows for redistribution. Thanks, though! – Mr. S Aug 31 '13 at 21:07
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Oswald is a good alternative too:

Oswald font

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Oswald appears to be another revival of the same typeface as League Gothic, but in a less finished state (some of the stroke widths are uneven and non-symmetical, see "g", "s", "$", and "&"). In fact that uneven "s" is quite bad - once you've seen it, you can't un-see it. – thomasrutter Sep 4 '13 at 1:13

Vernon Adams has a very nice alternative, named Anton: https://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Anton

As he said in other page: "see Google's PR for the Chromebook notebooks that used Anton, big and bright".

Impact, Anton and Oswald

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Anton can also be found in the site of Vernon Adams. Anton was extended from a single bold style into a family named Antonio. "Antonio is a 'refined' version of the Anton Font. Anton is a single weight web font, designed specifically for larger display, headline and 'banner' use. Antonio extends the Anton design to include more weights and introduces refinements to the design that makes it also suitable for use in smaller headings, menus and 'buttons' etc.". – Ganton Jan 20 at 19:18

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