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Linux Candy: Emote – modern popup emoji picker

Last Updated on May 25, 2022

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.

Emote is billed as a modern emoji picker. The software is free and open source and written in the Python programming language.


Emote is open source software so we have unfettered access to the source code. But the easiest way to install Emote on our Ubuntu systems is to use the snap. Install the program with the command:

$ sudo snap install emote

While we don’t think snaps offer the ideal solution, they do offer very easy installation. And life is too short to compile every program for yourself, particularly if you like experimenting with new software.

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