Last summer, Craig wrote a post on the best monospaced fonts for programmers. Monospaced fonts are not just for developers, designers can have fun with them, too. So today, as it’s Font Friday, we have another handpicked selection of fonts for your designing pleasure. But first, if you’re new to typography here’s a brief explanation of what distinguishes this type category from others.

A monospaced or fixed-width font is a font, where each letter occupies the same amount of space. These fonts were originally designed for typewriters and have quite a distinct look about them. Courier is undoubtedly one of the most well-known monospaced fonts, particularly for web designers as it’s one of the web safe fonts. In the example below, you can see that each letter on the top line is the same width. The letter l takes up the same room horizontally as the letter o. In the case of Times New Roman, each letter has a different width.

So let’s get on with it, here’s a bunch of good-looking monospaced fonts that are free to download. As always check the license on each for full info on how you can use the font.

Chica Modern


Future Fixed-Width by W.S.I. Fonts


Monofur by Tobias B. Koehler


Unispace by Ray Larabie


B.P. Mono (there is also an italic and bold version of this)


Newport Gothic by Roger White


Monospace Typewriter by Manfred Klein Fonteria Fonts


Andale Mono by Microsoft


Anonymous by Mark Simonson


Onuava by The Scriptorium


What other monospaced fonts would you recommend?

Tags: font, fonts, typeface, typography
Jennifer Farley is a designer, illustrator and design instructor based in Ireland. She writes about design and illustration on her blog at Laughing Lion Design.

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  • JonathanPDX

    Link for Anonymous leads to Andale-mono!


  • JonathanPDX

    Thank you! I like mono-spaced fonts a lot!

  • Luca Ferrante

    Another great free monospaced font, by far my favourite one when printing code, is Latin Modern Mono (derived from Computer Modern Teletype, well known to TeX users).

  • mxtbcca
  • Black Max

    Some very nice fonts here. The Anonymous font can be found at FontSquirrel, same as the Andale Mono link.

  • cydewaze

    The proper link for Anonymous is

  • huit

    Sweet! I’ll be playing around with these for a little while :D

  • Matthew Magain

    Thanks JonathanPDX — link fixed!

  • Régis Kuckaertz

    You should definitely use Anonymous Pro rather than Anonymous, it’s free as in ‘free beer’ but also free as in ‘free of design mistakes':

    I also would’ve added Inconsolata, which is great as well:

  • James

    Triskweline by Henning Koch at is a great monospaced programmer’s font

  • Patrick Griffin

    Excellent resources to reference! Thank you for researching these and posting them.

    Another fantastic typography site / forum to find exclusive / new and foundry fonts is

    It is the best private typography forum for graphic designers / type lovers on the internet with an unbelievable amount of free fonts, premium fonts and exclusive typefaces. I believe it is an invite only site, similar to ffffound and behance, but a little more homegrown, personal and underground, but the content they have available is amazing. I also think it was just voted the best typography forum of 2009. Anyhow, check it out if you want,

    Thank you again for the excellent information, long time reader third time poster. I will definitely be bookmarking this!

  • website builder

    I believe it is an invite only site, similar to ffffound and behance, but a little more homegrown, personal and underground, but the content they have available is amazing.

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