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Emoji Mart is a customizable
emoji picker HTML component for the web


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πŸ“– Table of Contents

πŸ’Ύ Data

Data required for the picker to work has been completely decoupled from the library. That gives developers the flexibility to better control their app bundle size and let them choose how and when this data is loaded. Data can be:

Bundled directly into your codebase

  • Pros: Picker renders instantly, data is available offline
  • Cons: Slower initial page load (bigger file to load)
yarn add @emoji-mart/data
import data from '@emoji-mart/data'
import { Picker } from 'emoji-mart'

new Picker({ data })

Fetched remotely

  • Pros: Data fetched only when needed, does not affect your app bundle size
  • Cons: Network latency, doesn’t work offline (unless you configure a ServiceWorker)
import { Picker } from 'emoji-mart'
new Picker({
  data: async () => {
    const response = await fetch(

    return response.json()

In this example data is fetched from a content delivery network, but it could also be fetched from your own domain if you want to host the data.

πŸͺ Picker


npm install --save emoji-mart @emoji-mart/data @emoji-mart/react
import data from '@emoji-mart/data'
import Picker from '@emoji-mart/react'

function App() {
  return (
    <Picker data={data} onEmojiSelect={console.log} />


<script src=""></script>
  const pickerOptions = { onEmojiSelect: console.log }
  const picker = new EmojiMart.Picker(pickerOptions)


Options / Props

Option Default Choices Description
data {} Data to use for the picker
i18n {} Localization data to use for the picker
categories [] frequent, people, nature, foods, activity, places, objects, symbols, flags Categories to show in the picker. Order is respected.
custom [] Custom emojis
onEmojiSelect null Callback when an emoji is selected
onClickOutside null Callback when a click outside of the picker happens
onAddCustomEmoji null Callback when the Add custom emoji button is clicked. The button will only be displayed if this callback is provided. It is displayed when search returns no results.
autoFocus false Whether the picker should automatically focus on the search input
categoryIcons {} Custom category icons
emojiButtonColors [] i.e. #f00, pink, rgba(155,223,88,.7) An array of color that affects the hover background color
emojiButtonRadius 100% i.e. 6px, 1em, 100% The radius of the emoji buttons
emojiButtonSize 36 The size of the emoji buttons
emojiSize 24 The size of the emojis (inside the buttons)
emojiVersion 14 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 12.1, 13, 13.1, 14 The version of the emoji data to use. Latest version supported in @emoji-mart/data is currently 14
icons auto auto, outline, solid The type of icons to use for the picker. outline with light theme and solid with dark theme.
locale en en, ar, de, es, fa, fr, it, ja, nl, pl, pt, ru, uk, zh The locale to use for the picker
maxFrequentRows 4 The maximum number of frequent rows to show. 0 will disable frequent category
navPosition top top, bottom, none The position of the navigation bar
noCountryFlags false Whether to show country flags or not. If not provided, tbhis is handled automatically (Windows doesn’t support country flags)
noResultsEmoji cry The id of the emoji to use for the no results emoji
perLine 9 The number of emojis to show per line
previewEmoji point_up The id of the emoji to use for the preview when not hovering any emoji. point_up when preview position is bottom and point_down when preview position is top.
previewPosition bottom top, bottom, none The position of the preview
searchPosition sticky sticky, static, none The position of the search input
set native native, apple, facebook, google, twitter The set of emojis to use for the picker. native being the most performant, others rely on spritesheets.
skin 1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 The emojis skin tone
skinTonePosition preview preview, search, none The position of the skin tone selector
theme auto auto, light, dark The color theme of the picker
getSpritesheetURL null A function that returns the URL of the spritesheet to use for the picker. It should be compatible with the data provided.

Custom emojis

You can use custom emojis by providing an array of categories and their emojis. Emojis also support multiple skin tones and can be GIFs or SVGs.

import data from '@emoji-mart/data'
import Picker from '@emoji-mart/react'

const custom = [
    id: 'github',
    name: 'GitHub',
    emojis: [
        id: 'octocat',
        name: 'Octocat',
        keywords: ['github'],
        skins: [{ src: './octocat.png' }],
        id: 'shipit',
        name: 'Squirrel',
        keywords: ['github'],
        skins: [
          { src: './shipit-1.png' }, { src: './shipit-2.png' }, { src: './shipit-3.png' },
          { src: './shipit-4.png' }, { src: './shipit-5.png' }, { src: './shipit-6.png' },
    id: 'gifs',
    name: 'GIFs',
    emojis: [
        id: 'party_parrot',
        name: 'Party Parrot',
        keywords: ['dance', 'dancing'],
        skins: [{ src: './party_parrot.gif' }],

function App() {
  return (
    <Picker data={data} custom={custom} />

Custom category icons

You can use custom category icons by providing an object with the category name as key and the icon as value. Currently supported formats are svg string and src. See example.

const customCategoryIcons = {
  categoryIcons: {
    activity: {
      svg: '<svg xmlns="" viewBox="0 0 640 512"><path d="M57.89 397.2c-6.262-8.616-16.02-13.19-25.92-13.19c-23.33 0-31.98 20.68-31.98 32.03c0 6.522 1.987 13.1 6.115 18.78l46.52 64C58.89 507.4 68.64 512 78.55 512c23.29 0 31.97-20.66 31.97-32.03c0-6.522-1.988-13.1-6.115-18.78L57.89 397.2zM496.1 352c-44.13 0-79.72 35.75-79.72 80s35.59 80 79.72 80s79.91-35.75 79.91-80S540.2 352 496.1 352zM640 99.38c0-13.61-4.133-27.34-12.72-39.2l-23.63-32.5c-13.44-18.5-33.77-27.68-54.12-27.68c-13.89 0-27.79 4.281-39.51 12.8L307.8 159.7C262.2 192.8 220.4 230.9 183.4 273.4c-24.22 27.88-59.18 63.99-103.5 99.63l56.34 77.52c53.79-35.39 99.15-55.3 127.1-67.27c51.88-22 101.3-49.87 146.9-82.1l202.3-146.7C630.5 140.4 640 120 640 99.38z"/></svg>',
    people: {
      src: './people.png',

πŸ™ƒ Emoji component

The emoji web component usage is the same no matter what library you use.

First, you need to make sure data has been initialized. You need to call this only once per page load. Note that if you call init like this, you don’t necessarily need to include data in your Picker props. It doesn’t hurt either, it will noop.

import data from '@emoji-mart/data'
import { init } from 'emoji-mart'

init({ data })

Then you can use the emoji component in your HTML / JSX.

<em-emoji id="+1" size="2em"></em-emoji>
<em-emoji id="+1" skin="2"></em-emoji>
<em-emoji shortcodes=":+1::skin-tone-1:"></em-emoji>
<em-emoji shortcodes=":+1::skin-tone-2:"></em-emoji>

Attributes / Props

Attribute Example Description
id +1 An emoji ID
shortcodes :+1::skin-tone-2: An emoji shortcode
native πŸ‘ A native emoji
size 2em The inline element size
fallback :shrug: A string to be rendered in case the emoji can’t be found
set native The emoji set: native, apple, facebook, google, twitter
skin 1 The emoji skin tone: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈ Headless search

You can search without the Picker. Just like the emoji component, data needs to be initialized first in order to use the search index.

import data from '@emoji-mart/data'
import { init, SearchIndex } from 'emoji-mart'

init({ data })

async function search(value) {
  const emojis = await
  const results = => {
    return emoji.skins[0].native


search('christmas') // => ['πŸŽ„', 'πŸ‡¨πŸ‡½', 'πŸ§‘β€πŸŽ„', 'πŸ””', '🀢', '🎁', 'β˜ƒοΈ', '❄️', 'πŸŽ…', 'β›„']

πŸ”¬ Get emoji data from native

You can get emoji data from a native emoji. This is useful if you want to get the emoji ID from a native emoji. Just like the emoji component, data needs to be initialized first in order to retrieve the emoji data.

import data from '@emoji-mart/data'
import { init, getEmojiDataFromNative } from 'emoji-mart'

init({ data })

/* {
  aliases: ['hand_with_index_and_middle_fingers_crossed'],
  id: 'crossed_fingers',
  keywords: ['hand', 'with', 'index', 'and', 'middle', 'good', 'lucky'],
  name: 'Crossed Fingers',
  native: '🀞🏿',
  shortcodes: ':crossed_fingers::skin-tone-6:',
  skin: 6,
  unified: '1f91e-1f3ff',
} */

πŸ—Ί Internationalization

EmojiMart UI supports multiple languages, feel free to open a PR if yours is missing.

import i18n from '@emoji-mart/data/i18n/fr.json'
i18n.search_no_results_1 = 'Aucun emoji'

new Picker({ i18n })

Given the small file size, English is built-in and doesn’t need to be provided.

πŸ“š Examples

πŸ€“ Built for modern browsers

EmojiMart relies on these APIs, you may need to include polyfills if you need to support older browsers:

πŸ›  Development

yarn install
yarn dev