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Circular: Free Alternatives & Similar Fonts

If you’re looking for free alternatives to Circular, here are 4 of the highest-quality look-alikes and similar fonts.

  1. +Jakarta Text (best overall)
  2. DM Sans (closest alternative on Google Fonts)
  3. Manrope
  4. Satoshi (underused option)

For each, I’ll mention the advantages, disadvantages, and why you might choose it. Ready? Let’s get started.

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1. +Jakarta Text

The virtually unknown +Jakarta Text is the overall best free alternative for Circular.

+Jakarta Text vs. Circular font comparison

And let’s face it – it’s all about that “t”. Circular’s most distinctive letterform looks basically identical in +Jakarta. Honestly, the lack of differences is a bit disconcerting, but close inspection shows +Jakarta features a slightly taller x-height, more open counters (e.g. the gaps in “a”, “c”, and “e” – which are good for readability), and generally wider round letterforms.

What it’s got: 3 weights + italics

Get it at: +Jakarta Text at Github.io

2. DM Sans

With one small modification, DM Sans is an amazing stand-in for Circular.

DM Sans vs. Circular font comparison

DM Sans comes with a very distinctive “g” when you use it out-of-the-box. However, by using the alternate “g” character with font-feature-settings: "ss03" 1; (here’s more on how to do alternate character styles in Figma and CSS), DM Sans makes a much better free alternative to Circular.

What it’s got: 3 weights + italics

Get it at: DM Sans at Google Fonts

3. Manrope

The underused Manrope is quite similar to Circular.

Manrope vs. Circular font comparison

Both are geometric sans serifs with sliiightly closed-off counters. Unfortunately, Manrope lacks an italics, so it won’t be topping this list any time soon. Nonethless, quite underused and perhaps worth checking out.

What it’s got: 7 weights, no italics; also available as a variable font

Get it at: Manrope at Google Fonts

4. Satoshi

The free Satoshi is another good, though italics-less, similar font to Circular.

Satoshi vs. Circular font comparison

If the lack of italics isn’t a deal-breaker, Satoshi also has a noteably clean, simple vibe, and uses those ever-so-slightly closed counters present in Circular. If you use it, make sure to use the alternate “t” with the rounded base (CSS code is font-feature-settings: "ss03" 1;, here’s more on alternate characters).

What it’s got: 5 weights, no italics

Get it at: Satoshi at Fontshare

Other Circular Alternatives

If you’re looking to branch out from Circular, it’s worth checking out some of the other alternatives in this guide. For instance, the Apercu alternatives have a similarly friendly, but even quirkier vibe, and the Gotham alternatives will feel likewise simple and clean.

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