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I need a websafe alternative to DIN font. It needs to be free for commercial use. Anyone know of a good one?

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I don't know how close you need to come to the DIN typeface, but I found a couple possibles on Google Web Fonts. Using the letters aGgQqlJ to narrow down the letter shape matches, I found:

Wire One -

The lowercase letter shapes are quite similar. The overall font is a bit more more condensed than DIN and some of the capital letter shapes are different.

Abel -

Also, not an exact match but the feel is quite similar.

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Here's a bolder version inspired by DIN:


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Try Gesta from Typekit. I's very similar.

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Cabin is a pretty good free alternative to DIN. Well, it may be fairly different in design but bear with me - sometimes it can feel as if it is similar:


DIN 1451



Dosis is a pretty good free alternative to FF DIN Round if you were interested in a rounded version.

Also, League Gothic could be a decent alternative to DIN Engschrift (ie DIN "compressed") though it has slightly less of a "German" feel to it.

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Nice! Thanks a lot! – Django Reinhardt Dec 21 '12 at 2:26
I'm so sad that these nice fonts like Cabin do not support Hungarian language. (DIN has a CE version which includes Hungarian accented characters) – szajmon Feb 16 '14 at 17:39

I like Gesta as a stand-in for DIN. It's not actually all that similar (Gesta is more stylized) but the x-height and overall mood seem to match very well.
(webfont on Typekit)

John's suggestion of Abel seems good, too. I haven't compared the fonts very closely, but it's got a DIN feel to it at non-display text sizes with a character width sitting somewhere between Engschrift and Mittelschrift.
(webfont on Google Web Fonts)

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Titillium Web is also a free alternative:

DIN Next from Linotype would be the commercial version with webfonts available:

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"Oswald" font is a pretty good alternative. It's a google web font, so it's the best possibility for websites ;-)

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Do you mind posting a screenshot and link? – Darth_Vader Nov 10 '14 at 16:53

I have used Babel Sans as an alternative to DIN:

Although it is bit thin.

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Babel Sans is pretty much Arial Narrow, with a few modified figures. – user22869 Apr 29 '14 at 21:52

TRY roboto .It looks almost like DIN and it comes in so many styles . Its feels really premium.

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