Linux Candy

Linux Candy: Emote – modern popup emoji picker

Last Updated on May 25, 2022

In Operation

Emote runs silently in the background and automatically starts when you log in. You bring up the Emote window with a keyboard shortcut. Press Ctrl+Alt+E and the Emote window pops up.

The emojis are divided into categories: Recently used, Smileys & People, Animals & Nature, Food & Drink, Activities, Travel & Places, Objects, Symbols, and Flags.


Selecting am emoji pastes it to your currently focused. It also gets copied to the clipboard. There’s the ability to select multiple emojis. This is accessed using the shift left click, or with a right click.

With the window open, you can select the top left icon. Here you can change the keyboard shortcut that opens the emoji picker, as well as changing the default shortcuts for adding an emoji to the selection, focus search, and previous./next emoji categories.


Emote is a simple but highly effective emoji picker. It’s our favorite graphical emoji picker although Smile shows promise.

Emojis are more than mere candy and have a serious aspect in communication. For example, in countries where individual freedoms are not respected, emojis can be used to evade censors conveying information to protest against a government’s actions.

Developer: Tom Watson
License: GNU General Public License v3.0

Emote is written in Python. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation / Summary

Complete list of articles in this series:

Linux Candy
ASCIIQuariumEmbrace marine life from the terminal with beautiful ASCII art
BobRossQuotesCollection of quotes from Bob Ross
BoxesCommand line ASCII boxes
BuohOnline strips comics reader
cacafireColor ASCII fire
catclockxclock with an enhanced cat mode
cbonsaiGenerate bonsai trees in the terminal
christmasfetchFestive cheer on the desktop
chucknorrisChuck Norris jokes in your terminal
cornyjokesCorny jokes for the terminal
CMatrixncurses program that simulates the display from “The Matrix”
ctreeA Christmas tree right on your terminal
eDEX-UISci-fi computer terminal emulator and system monitor
emojSimple tool that to find suitable emojis for pasting to your clipboard
EmoteModern popup emoji picker
EvolvotronInteractive generative art
FondoFind beautiful wallpapers from Unsplash
gtiTypo-based curio inspired by Steam Locomotive
HollywoodFill your console with Hollywood melodrama technobabble
linuxwaveGenerate music from the entropy of Linux
lolcatRainbows and unicorns
No More SecretsRecreates the data decryption effect from the Sneakers movie
nyancatTerminal-based Pop Tart Cat Animation
onekoAnimal chasing fun
pipes.shAnimated pipes terminal screensaver
ponysaycowsay reimplemention for ponies
projectMMusic visualizer originally based on Milkdrop
pscircleA different take on the venerable ps command
pyjokesOne line jokes for programmers
PywalGenerate color schemes on the fly
RelaxatorRelax to soothing sounds
Rusty AquariumMonitoring by visualization
Steam LocomotiveC program written in 295 lines. It's harmless fun
TernimalAnimated lifeform in the terminal
terminal-parrotParty parrot time
tetrisTile-matching puzzle video game in your terminal
VarietyWallpaper manager with many desktops and wallpaper sources
WallGenGenerate HQ poly wallpapers with a few arguments.
WallpaperDownloaderDownload, change, and manage wallpapers
xcowsayDisplays a cow on your desktop with message
XDecorationsAdd some festive cheer to your desktop
XScreenSaverFramework and collection of screensavers

There are a diverse range of programs included in this series. Programs such as eDEX-UI and Variety are actually highly practical programs. ASCIIQuarium has soothing and relaxing qualities for your desktop. Other programs included in this series (such as lolcat, cacafire) are included purely for their decorative qualities. And then there’s some software that’s really light-hearted and designed just to bring a smile.

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