Emoji

8 Best Free and Open Source Terminal Emoji Tools

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 TUI Emoji Tools

Let’s explore the 8 terminal-based 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.

Terminal Emoji Tools
emojFind relevant emoji from text on the command-line
emojifySubstitutes emoji aliases that many services use for emoji raw characters
vim-emojiEmoji in the Vim text editor
rofmojiFind emoji for your clipboard
emojiemoji terminal output for Python
splatmojiLook up and input emoji and/or emoticons/kaomoji
emoji-cliEmoji completion on the command line
tuimojiTerminal based emoji chooser

We cover GUI-based emoji pickers in this article.


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