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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 - http://www.google.com/webfonts/specimen/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 - http://www.google.com/webfonts/specimen/Abel

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

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TRY roboto .It looks almost like DIN and it comes in so many styles . Its feels really premium. http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/roboto

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Titillium Web is also a free alternative:
http://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Titillium+Web

DIN Next from Linotype would be the commercial version with webfonts available:
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/din-next/

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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.

http://r-typography.com/gesta.html
(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.

http://www.madtype.com/tag/abel/
(webfont on Google Web Fonts)

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I have used Babel Sans as an alternative to DIN: http://www.dafont.com/babel-sans.font

Although it is bit thin.

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

DIN 1451

Cabin:

Cabin

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 at 17:39
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Here's a bolder version inspired by DIN:

ROPA SANS - http://www.google.com/webfonts/specimen/Ropa+Sans

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Try Gesta from Typekit. I's very similar. https://typekit.com/fonts/gesta

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