4 Best Free and Open Source Character Map Tools

A character map allows you to view and access the characters in a particular font.

This type of software provides a visual representation of the character set, allowing you to browse and select individual characters by clicking on them. This is particularly useful when you need to insert special characters, symbols, or foreign language characters that may not be easily accessible on a keyboard.

Character map software has a variety of use cases. For example, they play an important role in programming and web development, especially when working with different character encodings and Unicode.

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Let’s explore the tools featured here. We’ve compiled a dedicated page for each.

Character Map Tools
KCharSelectSelect special characters from all installed fonts and copy them
gucharmapGNOME Character Map (gucharmap) is a Unicode character map
CharactersBrowse characters by various categories
CharmapPick characters and display substantial Unicode data about each one
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