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Unicode Character Finder

This is a simple JavaScript application for searching/browsing Unicode characters. You can see it in action at

See the application's built-in help for usage instructions.

Running Locally

In order to serve a copy of this software from your own web server (or local disk), after cloning the git repository you will need to run the make-data-file script, which downloads the XML Unicode Character Database files from and produces a much smaller summary data file.

Before running the make-data-file script, you'll need to install a few dependencies. On Debian/Ubuntu, you can install these packages:

sudo apt-get install libwww-perl libarchive-zip-perl libxml-sax-expat-perl

If you're installing direct from CPAN, these are the modules you'll need:

  • libwww-perl
  • Archive::Zip
  • XML::SAX::Expat

The first time you run the script, you'll need to provide the --download option:

./make-data-file --download

This will download the latest data files from If you're modifying the script and re-running it, you don't need to provide --download each time.

For more information about the script and the format of the file it produces, use the --help option.

If you have trouble installing dependencies or running the script, you can always just grab the data file from the web site

Copyright and Licence

Copyright (C) 2010-2015 Grant McLean

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License.