Anybody know of any free webfonts visually similar to the new sans-serif Circular from Lineto that's being used at the new Airbnb site?


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    Circular is available as a webfont: lineto.com/Lineto.com/Lineto+Webfonts
    – DA01
    Aug 24 '14 at 22:21
  • As it is, it's just not a good fit for the SE format. It's mostly opinion. And without knowing what you want to use it for, why you can't use the actual font, what similarities you are looking for, etc, it's hard for us to give any specific advice.
    – DA01
    Aug 24 '14 at 23:35
  • Mark, You probably already know this, but make sure to keep web font properties simple in design stage so they can be properly recreated with CSS.
    – Max Tokman
    Aug 25 '14 at 16:04
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    I actually contacted Lineto (who licenses this font). AirBnB doesn't use Circular, per se, it uses "Circular Air" -- a customized version they had created for them. Also, these are licensed fonts, and technically illegal to just copy and use. Oct 25 '15 at 5:31

Ah, thanks for the edit. That helps to understand you're looking for a freely licensed typeface.

So, Circular itself is inspired by Futura, so likely you want web fonts that are inspired by Futura.

A google search will return plenty of suggestions.

One result is Joel Crawford's web site where he lists the closest Google Font match to a whole range of typefaces. For Futura, he recommends Nunito.


while as not as refined as Circular, I found Google's Karla to be quite in style with the recent trend of geometric sans-serifs.



Poppins is very close to Futura


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    – Vincent
    Oct 18 '16 at 8:21

As of Jan 2020, there's an incredibly similar free alternative to Circular: +Jakarta Sans.

+Jakarta Sans vs. Circular comparison

It's got the same distinctive "t", as well as a generally similar overall feel. Honestly, apart from the "a", it's tough to identify one from the other – although side-by-side, Jakarta's round letterforms look more circular than Circular (ironically!).

What it’s got: 3 weights + italics

Get it at: +Jakarta Text at Github.io

I've compiled 3 other free alternatives to Circular here.


have a look at type ateliers Gordita font


  • Hi user134620 and welcome to GDSE. OP is looking for a free web font so you may want to edit your answer
    – curious
    Jul 28 '19 at 14:41

Working with Pepper, I have worked on several web fonts and I found three Google fonts that seems to be more closely identical to your preference.

https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Nunito+Sans https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Raleway https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Montserrat


I like the lesser known Google Webfont DM Sans best as an alternative for Circular.

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Arimo was the best match for me. https://www.google.com/fonts#QuickUsePlace:quickUse/Family:Arimo

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    Could you please include a screenshot of the typeface, so we can judge for ourselves without going off-site? Thanks!
    – Vincent
    Feb 3 '16 at 9:05

The closest free font I come across is "Inter" Google font. https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Inter

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