A simple, fast, and keyboard-centric way to pick emoji, kaomoji, and special characters under X and Wayland.
You need to have
rofi handles selection and
enters the characters.
Then simply clone or download the repository and point a keyboard shortcut (I use Super+I)
at the script (
charpicker.sh). If you only need a script to print the
selected character to the standard output, use
You simply type a search into the Rofi search bar. Some conveniences are provided such
gi for ι and
gI for Ι (and similar for other Greek letters).
You can add modifiers like gender and skin tone with provided sequences. For instance, "child" gives 🧒, while "child" "+ female" gives 🧒♀️ and "child" "+ medium-light skin tone" gives 🧒🏼.
Rofi Charpicker uses a simple flat file to store characters. The format of each line is:
<tab> is the actual tab character.
Everything after the tab character is typed, except trailing spaces (allowing kaomoji).
The project's provided file is
special_character_list. It was compiled
partially with a machine and partially by hand (with help from mbfraga)
and contributions are much appreciated.
You can also have your own special character list:
~/.config/charpicker/special_character_list. The symbols in this file
are added to the provided symbols.
You can override the provided theme with the