Character Map

gucharmap – character map

GNOME Character Map (gucharmap) is a Unicode character map. This software allows characters to be displayed by unicode block or script type.

It includes brief descriptions of related characters and occasionally meanings of the character in question.

The software can be used to input or enter characters (by copy and paste). The search functionality allows the use of several search methods, including by unicode name or code point of the character.

This is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Browse characters by Unicode block or script
  • Display information about each character:
    • Unicode code point.
    • Unicode character name.
    • Unicode category.
    • Unicode canonical decomposition
    • Useful representations:
    • UTF-8 encoding (e.g. 0xE2 0x86 0x90).
    • UTF-16 encoding (e.g. 0x2190).
    • C octal escaped UTF-8 (e.g. \342\206\220).
    • XML decimal entity (e.g. ←).
  • For CJK ideographs (unless not compiled in):
    • definition
    • Mandarin pronunciation.
    • Cantonese pronunciation.
    • Tang pronunciation.
    • Korean pronunciation.
    • Japanese Kun pronunciation.
    • Japanese On (“Sino-Japanese”) pronunciation.
  • Search for a character by any name and other information.
  • Jump to a character by code point.
  • View in any font at any point size, switch among fonts quickly.
  • Identify the first character from the clipboard or X selection.
  • Copy strings of characters chosen from the table to the clipboard and X selection.
  • Drag selection into the character map to identify a character.
  • Drag and drop out of the character map.
  • Magnify the active character.
  • See which font is actually being used to draw each character’s glyph.
  • The character map is a GTK+ widget, and can be used in other programs.

Developer: Christian Persch
License: GNU General Public License v3.0

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gucharmap is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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