System-wide character-picker: emoji and unicode shell extensions for rofi
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Inspired by fdw/rofimoji and forked from its script version nkoehring/rofiemoji, rofiemoji-rofiunicode is a character-picker that allows searching and copying emojis and over 25'000 unicode characters directly from davatorium/rofi.

It comes with an example configuration file and a theme that should make it ready to use, even for users who never configured rofi before. When using the recommended procedure, unicode and emoji lists show up as separate tabs in rofi, in addition to rofi's window, drun, run and ssh modis:

Unicode tab

Emoji tab

drun tab

The two underlying scripts, and, will try to download the lists of emoji and unicode characters if they are missing, but this should already be taken care of when cloning this repository. The list of emojis is fetched from while the unicode list was created by /u/fe80c0ffee.



  1. Clone this repository into ~/.config:
cd ~/.config # Using this path is important for next steps
git clone
  1. (Optional) Apply the recommended configuration:
mv $HOME/.config/rofi/config $HOME/.config/rofi/config.back # Back up previous rofi configuration, if any
cp $HOME/.config/rofiemoji-rofiunicode/config/config.example $HOME/.config/rofi/config # Apply the supplied configuration
mkdir -p $HOME/.local/share/rofi/themes
cp $HOME/.config/rofiemoji-rofiunicode/config/sidetab-adapta.rasi $HOME/.local/share/rofi/themes/ # Provide customized sidetab-adapta.rasi theme
  1. If step 2 was completed, add a custom keybinding using your window-manager settings for the following command:
rofi -show windowcd -theme-str '#window{width: 30%;}' # See the rofi documentation for details
  1. If step 2 was skipped, add a custom keybinding using your window-manager settings for a command containing at least the following arguments:
rofi -show unicode -modi 'unicode:~/.config/rofiemoji-rofiunicode/,emoji:~/.config/rofiemoji-rofiunicode/' -theme-str '#window{width: 30%;}'


  1. Invoke rofi using the keybinding you set and navigate through tabs using Ctrl+Tab (default).

  2. Type a keyword in the emoji or unicode tabs and press Return to copy the highlighted character to the clipboard and close rofi.

Users who already configured rofi to their own taste before may prefer to skip installation step 2 to keep their custom changes.

However, for users new to rofi, applying the recommended configuration (installation step 2) should facilitate the setup by configuring everything as in the screenshots. This will move/rename the supplied config.example file and a transparent sidetab-adapta.rasi theme (original without transparency taken from the davatorium/rofi-themes collection) into the adequate folders.

Make sure you review config.example to check if my custom changes will work on your machine. While most of them should be system-agnostic, some settings are tailored to my own use and may not work on all systems.

For instance, the settings in config.example make rofi work with gnome-terminal, but default rofi settings might work better when using other terminals. In the latter case, it is best to edit /.config/rofiemoji-rofiunicode/config.example before installation step 2 (or ~/.config/rofi/config after installation step 2) to alter it according to the specific requirements of your system. Alternatively, rofi defaults can be restored by prepending ! to the following lines to disable them:


rofi.terminal: gnome-terminal
rofi.ssh-command: {terminal} -- {ssh-client} {host} {terminal} -- bash -c "{cmd}; bash"


! rofi.terminal: gnome-terminal
! rofi.ssh-command: {terminal} -- {ssh-client} {host}
! {terminal} -- bash -c "{cmd}; bash"

Alternative emoji- and unicode-picker

matf/rofimoji is an alternative based on the original fdw/rofimoji instead of the nkoehring/rofiemoji script version, yet still with the unicode functionality. It allows the multiple selection of emojis or unicode characters, as well as direct input without prior clipboard step, but the customization possibilities are more limited and there is no visual unification with your main rofi instance.