10 Best Open Sans Alternatives from Google Font Library

Open Sans is one of the most popular sans-serif font from the Google Font Library. Designed by Steve Matteson, Open Sans is available in 10 different styles ranging from light to extra bold. As Open Sans offers a simple yet clean and professional feel to the written text, it is widely used in web design projects.

In this article, we have selected 10 sans-serif fonts from the Google Font library that are similar to Open Sans and can be used as a replacement. All these sans-serif fonts are available in more than one weight and can be easily embedded in a website from Google Font. We have included a preview using the regular weight (400) for all the fonts listed below. To make it easier for you to compare them with Open Sans, we are including a similar preview for it:

Open Sans

by Steve Matteson available in 10 styles

Free Open Sans Alternatives from Google Fonts

The Google Font library offers a large variety of fonts including serif, sans-serif, display, handwriting and mono-space. Open sans is a sans-serif font and thus we are listing below popular sans-serif fonts available from Google Fonts, which add similar professional and clean feel to the text.

Nunito Sans

by Vernon Adams & Jacques Le Bailly available in 14 styles

PT Sans

by ParaType available in 4 styles

Roboto

by Christian Robertson available in 12 styles

Source Sans Pro

by Paul D. Hunt available in 12 styles

Work Sans

by Wei Huang available in 9 styles

Arimo

by Steve Matteson available in 4 styles

Lato

by Łukasz Dziedzic available in 10 styles

Merriweather Sans

by Sorkin Type available in 8 styles

Montserrat

by Julieta Ulanovsky available in 18 styles

Muli

by Vernon Adams available in 14 styles

System Font Stack as Open Sans Alternative

If you don’t want to load an additional web font, then a default system font stack similar to the one given below can also be used in your CSS to provide a good reading experience to your website visitors. This font stack ensures that the default sans-serif font available on different devices is automatically picked and used to render the text of your website.

body {
  font-family-apple-system,BlinkMacSystemFont,"Segoe UI",Roboto,"Helvetica Neue",Arial,sans-serif;
}

The benefit of using the system font stack presented above is that it doesn’t require additional web request before rendering the text, moreover since each system optimizes the rendering of the default system font you get a nice reading experience on different devices. You can read more about using the system font stack in this Smashing Magazine’s article.

Do note that using a system font stack would mean that the text would render with different typeface on different devices. This might create problems in case the user interface is dependent on exact size of the text. A system font stack is also not recommended if you need a uniform typeface across your website on different devices for the purpose of branding.

Additional Resources

Fonts play a vital role in web design and understanding the font psychology will help you choose from the many different typefaces available. Next you might want to learn how to combine different fonts together.

If you are looking for fonts other than sans-serif fonts the following links will help:

Lastly, you may need these tools to identify fonts used in websites and apps.

 

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Kanishk Kunal

Kanishk is a Software Engineer turned Online Entrepreneur who has created many successful apps and websites. He devotes most of his time punching his keyboard and swiping his smartphone. Follow him on Twitter @kanishkkunal

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