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php-emoji - Process Emoji in PHP

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This is a PHP library for dealing with Emoji, allowing you to convert between various native formats and displaying them using HTML.

You can read more about it and see a demo here:

The data this library is based on comes from another GitHub project:



# when you recieve text from a mobile device, convert it
# to the unified format.

$data = emoji_docomo_to_unified($data);   # DoCoMo devices
$data = emoji_kddi_to_unified($data);     # KDDI & Au devices
$data = emoji_softbank_to_unified($data); # Softbank & pre-iOS6 Apple devices
$data = emoji_google_to_unified($data);   # Google Android devices

# when sending data back to mobile devices, you can
# convert back to their native format.

$data = emoji_unified_to_docomo($data);   # DoCoMo devices
$data = emoji_unified_to_kddi($data);     # KDDI & Au devices
$data = emoji_unified_to_softbank($data); # Softbank & pre-iOS6 Apple devices
$data = emoji_unified_to_google($data);   # Google Android devices

# when displaying data to anyone else, you can use HTML
# to format the emoji.

$data = emoji_unified_to_html($data);

# if you want to use an editor(i.e:wysiwyg) to create the content, 
# you can use html_to_unified to store the unified value.

$data = emoji_html_to_unified(emoji_unified_to_html($data));

When using the HTML format, you'll also need to include the emoji.css file, which points to the emoji.png image.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This library currently only deals with UTF-8. If your source data is JIS or Shift-JIS, you're out of luck for the moment.


By Cal Henderson

Images and Emoji data come from emoji-data.

This work is dual-licensed under the GPL v3 and the MIT license.

Version History

  • v1.0.0 - 2009-10-20 : First release
  • v1.2.0 - 2011-03-27 : ?
  • v1.3.0 - 2011-07-27 : ?
  • v1.4.0 - 2016-02-15 : Switch to using emoji-data as the backend, at v2.4.0
  • v1.4.1 - 2016-10-06 : Added emoji_contains_emoji(), added travis
  • v1.4.2 - 2017-03-03 : Support for unified modifiers when converting to/from HTML only (issue #34)
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