A simple emoji picker for rofi with multi-selection
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How often did you want to insert one of those Unicode emoji only to learn that there is no nice picker for Linux? Fear no more, this script uses the power of rofi to present exactly the picker you always wanted. Inserts the selected emoji directly, or copies it to the clipboard.


  1. Run rofimoji.py
  2. Search for the emoji you want
  3. (optional) Select multiple emoji with shift+enter
  4. Hit enter to insert the emoji directly \ Hit alt+c to copy it to the clipboard \ alt+t or alt+p can be used to select a specific input method
  5. Maybe select a skin color
  6. 🎠

How does it look?

Screenshot of rofimoji

Insertion method

For some applications, xdotool cannot type emojis (f.e. Firefox). To work around this, rofimoji can copy the emojis to your clipboard and insert them from there with shift+insert. Afterwards, it will restore the previous contents. Unfortunately, it depends on the receiving application whether shift+insert uses the clipboard or the primary selection. Therefore, rofimoji uses both and also restores both 😐.

By default, rofimoji uses xdotool type. To choose to spam your clipboards, you can either use the keybinding alt+p or start it as rofimoji --use-clipboard (-c (-c)). If you want to use typing, you can hit alt+t, even though it was started with --use-clipboard.


You can choose a skin tone with the --skin-tone (or -s) parameter. The available values are light, medium-light, moderate, dark brown, black, as well as neutral and ask to be shown the prompt (this is also the default).



A kind soul has packaged it as rofimoji. To, install, use sudo pacman -Syu rofimoji.

From sources

Download rofimoji.py and move it somewhere on your path, for example /usr/local/bin.

What else do you need:

  • Python 3
  • A font that can display emoji, for example EmojiOne or Noto Emoji
  • xdotool for typing the emoji
  • xsel to copy the emoji to the clipboard

For Ubuntu zesty: sudo aptitude install fonts-emojione python3 rofi xdotool xsel \ For Arch: sudo pacman -Syu emoji-font python rofi xdotool xsel

Updating the emojis

This is only needed if a new Unicode version came out and you can’t wait for the official update!

  1. Install Python 3 and pip install -r requirements-dev.txt
  2. Run extract_emojis.py - this downloads the complete list from https://unicode.org/emoji/charts-12.0/full-emoji-list.html, so don’t do it too often!
  3. A new file emojis.py should have been created. Open it and copy the contents
  4. Open rofimoji.py and replace the emoji list with the contents of emojis.py


Why is it so pedestrian? Why not simply import from emojis.py?

Because now you only have to download one file, and it works  Additionally, we need no separate I/O just to load the emojis. This is good, right?