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Emote is a modern emoji picker for Linux 🚀. Written in GTK3, Emote is lightweight and stays out of your way.

Launch the emoji picker with the configurable keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+E, and select one or more emojis to have them be automatically pasted into your currently focused app.

  • 🍾 Built as a popup: quick invocation, and disappears when not needed, does not stay as a standalone window
  • 🫠 Provide a large and up-to-date list of emojis retrieved from
  • 🧠 Shows the last used emojis by default
  • 🔎 Search text box automatically focused and ready to type when invoked
  • ⌨️ Can use shortcuts to navigates and select emojis
  • ✒️ Selected emoji automatically pasted to your currently focused app (on X11 only)

ℹ️ Note:

  • ⚡️ Emote shows up faster when invoked using the built-in keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+E by default), than when using a manually registered keyboard shortcut.
  • 🪟 Emote under Wayland cannot automatically paste the emoji into other apps, and also requires manual registering of a global keyboard shortcut - Hotkey In Wayland. This is due to intentional restrictions in the design of Wayland itself.

📥️ Installation

Emote can be installed using various popular package managers:

📦️ Install with Flatpak (preferred)

Download on Flathub


flatpak install com.tomjwatson.Emote

🦜 Install with Snap

Get it from the Snap Store


sudo snap install emote

🐧 Unofficial installation methods

An unofficial build of Emote is also available in the AUR :

📖 Guide

🚀 Launching

Emote runs in the background and automatically starts when you log in.

The emoji picker can be opened with either the keyboard shortcut, or by clicking the app icon again.

ℹ️ Usage

Select an emoji to and have it be pasted to your currently focused app. The emoji will also be copied to your clipboard, so you can then paste the emoji wherever you need.

You can select multiple emojis by selecting them with right click.

⌨️ Keyboard Shortcuts

Open Emoji Picker: Ctrl+Alt+E (configurable)

Select Emoji: Enter

Add Emoji to Selection: Shift+Enter

Focus Search: Ctrl+F

Next Emoji Category: Ctrl+Tab

Previous Emoji Category: Ctrl+Shift+Tab

🧑‍💻 Development

Build package

📥️ Requirements

Install development libraries:

sudo apt install xdotool libgtk-3-dev libgirepository1.0-dev python3-venv gir1.2-keybinder-3.0 libkeybinder-dev desktop-file-utils
# or with dnf
sudo dnf install xdotool gtk3-devel keybinder3-devel libgirepository1.0-dev desktop-file-utils gobject-introspection-devel flatpak-builder

sudo dnf install libffi-devel

Install pipenv:

sudo pip3 install pipenv

Install dependencies:

make install

🛩️ Running

Run the development version:

make dev

🔄 Update emojis

To update the list of emojis to the latest available on, run:

make update-emojis

🐞 Debugging GTK3 with GtkInspector

Enable debug keybinding:

gsettings set org.gtk.Settings.Debug enable-inspector-keybinding true

Launch app in debug mode with interactive inspector:

make dev-debug

🚢 Publishing

Releasing a new version

  1. Bump the version number in snapcraft.yaml for snap and in for flatpak.
  2. Add a release entry to the com.tomjwatson.Emote.metainfo.xml.

📦️ Package with Flatpak

To develop locally you will need to have flatpak installed.


Install flatpak-builder, the GNOME SDK, and flatpak-pip-generator:

make flatpak-install

Optionally re-generate the flatpak/python3-requirements.json if the dependencies in the Pipfile have been changed:

make flatpak-requirements


Build the flatpak package and install it locally:

make flatpak

Run Emote with flatpak (can also be done from the desktop entry):

flatpak run com.tomjwatson.Emote


In case you are facing issues with the cache not properly updating, or need to reset user data, you can clean the cache with:

make flatpak-clean

To see potential error messages of the flatpak app you can use journalctl:

journalctl -f -n 50

Run the command below if you want to access inside the containerized flatpak app to debug.

flatpak run --command=sh --devel com.tomjwatson.Emote

Publish to Flathub

Emote is published to Flathub using the repository

Flathub builds can be monitored at

To update the version published to Flathub:

  1. In the com.tomjwatson.Emote.yml manifest of the flathub/com.tomjwatson.Emote repo: change the commit hash to the commit of the Emote repository you want to publish
  2. Flathub checks the GitHub repo every few minutes, and will start a build if a change has been detected. If the build succeeds, it is published automatically after 3 hours. You can use the Flathub BuildBot web UI to monitor, start or publish builds manually (click the Publish button at the top of a successful build page).

More documentation for maintaining a Flathub package is available at

🦜 Package with Snap

Ensure you have snapcraft installed:

sudo snap install --classic snapcraft

Create a packaged .snap file:

make snap

Clean the cache:

make snap-clean


First, ensure a git tag for the current version has been pushed.

Ensure you are logged in to snapcraft:

snapcraft login

Push the packaged snap to the edge channel on the snap store.

snapcraft push --release=edge <path to .snap>

🤝 Attribution

Emoji data is sourced from which is compiled by the lovely people at 🫠.