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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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None of these come close. – Clarus Dignus Jan 26 at 16:29

Here's a bolder version inspired by DIN:

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

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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 '14 at 17:39
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Dosis is an excellent match. The "v" of the "M" is a little higher in Dosis but otherwise a very decent alternative and superior to all the other answers thus far. This should be selected as the correct answer. – Clarus Dignus Jan 26 at 16:33
    
The middle leg of "E" is shorter in Dosis too however the variation of the M and E combined with the subtle roundedness of Dosis makes for one of the rare cases where font substitution is an improvement on the original. Lowercase matches very decently too. – Clarus Dignus Jan 26 at 16:49

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

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Not really. Many stylistic nuances that differ. Dosis is a much better recommendation. – Clarus Dignus Jan 26 at 16:54

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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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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Titillium Web is nowhere close when dealing in uppercase. – Clarus Dignus Jan 26 at 16:58

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

https://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Oswald

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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: 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. – user22869 Apr 29 '14 at 21:52
    
The right leg on "R" is a but too stylistic and the "v" of the "M" is too low. By far, not the worst of the matches suggested to this question however. – Clarus Dignus Jan 26 at 17:00

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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As good and increasingly popular Roboto is, Dosis is still superior in terms of Google fonts. – Clarus Dignus Jan 26 at 17:02

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