Emoji

6 Best Free and Open Source GUI Emoji Pickers

The internet has rapidly transformed the way we communicate. Since body language and verbal tone are not conveyed in text messages or e-mails, we’ve developed alternate ways to convey nuanced meaning. The most prominent change to our online style has been the addition of two new-age hieroglyphic languages: emoticons and emoji.

Emoji originated from the smiley, which first evolved into emoticons, followed by emoji and stickers in recent years. Smiley first appeared in the 1960s and is regarded as the first expression symbols. Smiley is a yellow face with two dots for eyes and a wide grin which is printed on buttons, brooches, and t-shirts.

An emoji is a pictogram, logogram, ideogram or smiley embedded in text and used in electronic messages and web pages. The main function of emoji is to provide emotional cues otherwise missing from typed conversation.

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Best Free and Open Source GUI Emoji Pickers

Let’s explore the 6 GUI emoji tools. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.

GUI Emoji Pickers
EmoteWritten in GTK3, the program is lightweight and stays out of your way
SmileEmoji picker with custom tags support
jomeProvides most of the interesting emojis of Emoji 13.1
Emoji PickerPart of ibus-typing-booster, completion input method for faster typing
Emoji SelectorGNOME extension provides a searchable popup menu with most emojis
x11-emoji-pickerDialog / emoji picker inspired by the Windows 10 emoji picker

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