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Swift Emoji

SwiftEmoji provides a set of regular expressions to find emoji in swift strings. All forms of emoji are matched, including:

  • Single-character emoji (👍)
  • Emoji that are variants of other characters (e.g. ⌚️ instead of ⌚︎)
  • Fitzpatrick Modifiers (e.g. skintones 👍🏻👍🏼👍🏽👍🏾👍🏿)
  • ZWJ Sequences (e.g. 💑)
  • Combining sequences and Combining Marks (e.g. 0️⃣)
  • Flag sequences (e.g 🇨🇦)

All emoji are derived directly from the standard unicode data files, using an automated script.


The Emoji class exposes a number of useful regular expressions as static variables. They each come in compiled (NSRegularExpression) and uncompiled (String) forms.

  • SingleEmojiPattern and SingleEmojiRegex match a single emoji character (grapheme cluster).
  • MultiEmojiPattern and MultiEmojiRegex match one or more consecutive emoji characters.

The String values are useful when composing your own expressions. For example, you could

Look at the source code in Emoji.swift for an example.


SwiftEmoji can be installed via CocoaPods, Carthage, or Swift Package Manager.


SwiftEmoji is released under the MIT License. Details are in the LICENSE.txt file in the project.

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