10 Popular Free Sans Serif fonts on Google Fonts

Sans Serif fonts are clean and minimalistic fonts that are frequently used in modern typography. In this post, we have picked up some of the best free sans serif fonts available on Google Fonts that you can use in your web design projects.

When it comes to choosing and pairing fonts, using a clean sans-serif font with a serif font is among the most popular font combinations. You can also view the infographics in our earlier post to know more about serif and sans serif fonts and to understand the psychological association behind these font types.

best free sans serif fonts

The sans serif fonts listed below have been selected on the basis of their popularity in recent times on Google Fonts as well as on top font resources sites like Font Squirrel and dafont.com. Read on to find more about these free sans serif fonts.

Clicking on the font name will take you to the font specimen on Google Fonts from where you can easily embed them in your website. We have also included the download links of these fonts from Font Squirrel for use in your apps, games and graphic design projects.

1. Open Sans

Open Sans, designed by Steve Matteson, is one of the most widely used open source sans serif fonts. Optimized for print, web and mobile interfaces, Open Sans has excellent legibility characteristics in its letterforms. It is available in five weights and each one has an italic version.

You may also want to take a look at these top Open Sans alternatives from Google Fonts that are quite similar to Open Sans and can be used as its replacement.


Download Open Sans

2. Roboto

Introduced with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Roboto was created specifically for the requirements of UI and high-resolution screens. The typeface has been designed by Christian Robertson and comes in six weights and their corresponding italic styles.


Download Roboto

3. Oswald

Oswald by Vernon Adams is optimized to be used by web browsers on desktop computers, laptops and mobile devices. It is available in three weights.


Download Oswald

4. Droid Sans

Droid Sans was designed by Steve Matteson with the goal to provide optimal quality and reading comfort on a mobile handset. It is optimized for use in application menus, web browsers and for other screen text and comes in two weights – normal and bold.


Download Droid Sans

5. Lato

Lato is a san-serif typeface family designed by Warsaw-based designer Łukasz Dziedzic. Lato consists of five weights (plus corresponding italics) including a beautiful hairline style. The semi-rounded details of the letters give Lato a feeling of warmth (Lato means summer in Polish), while the strong structure provides stability and seriousness.


Download Lato

6. PT Sans

Designed by Alexandra Korolkova, Olga Umpeleva and Vladimir Yefimov, PT Sans is based on Russian sans serif types of the second part of the 20th century. It includes Latin and Cyrillic characters and covers almost all minority languages of the Russian Federation which makes it a unique and very important tool for modern digital communications. PT Sans comes in three major variations: normal, narrow and caption.


Download PT Sans

7. Ubuntu

Ubuntu was introduced with the release of Ubuntu 10.10. Designed by Dalton Maag, it uses OpenType features and is optimized for clarity on desktop and mobile computing screens. Ubuntu is available in four weights including italic variant for each weight.


Download Ubuntu

8. Raleway

Raleway is an elegant sans-serif typeface family designed by Matt McInerney. It is a display font and has nine variants for weight.


Download Raleway

9. Source Sans Pro

Source Sans Pro, designed by Paul D. Hunt, is Adobe’s first open source typeface family. It is a sans serif typeface intended to work well in user interfaces and comes in twelve styles – six weights with corresponding italics.


Download Source Sans Pro

10. Fira Sans

Fira Sans is a sans-serif typeface designed by Carrois and Edenspiekermann for the Mozilla Firefox OS. It aims to cover the legibility needs for a large range of handsets varying in screen quality and rendering. Fira Sans is available in four weights all accompanied by italic styles.


Download Fira Sans

Did I miss your favorite sans serif fonts? Let us know in the comments below along with the projects where you might have used them in.

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    Thanks! Very good fonts!

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    Klaus Schilling

    I avoid rigorously all sans fonts which depict capital I and miniscule l in the same way, as do Open Sans, Osvald, and Lato.

    My favourite is Go Sans, followed by Iwona and Mint Spirit.

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