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How do I make Chromium on Kubuntu render Emoji Unicode characters ?

Like these : ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’šโค๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’—

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First, you need a font that contains those characters. According to support information at, the only font that has them is Symbola, though it is possible that some less known fonts have them too. Symbola can be downloaded from or (the latter is for the authorโ€™s site, hence preferable when it works).

Second, browsers have difficulties with special fonts. They are often unable to pick up special characters from various fonts. Iโ€™m afraid that if a page does not explicitly mention Symbola (as it really should in cases like this), the only thing you can do as a user is to make your browser use Symbola as the default font, at least temporarily (via the browserโ€™s general settings).

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Works without changing font in Chromium. But how did you found the corresponding code at ? – Skydreamer May 13 '12 at 18:11

ttf-ancient-fonts gets you Black & White emojis.

For color emojis, the current best solution is to use eosrei/emojione-color-font:

# 0. Install ttf-bitstream-vera
sudo apt-get install ttf-bitstream-vera
# 1. Download the latest version
# 2. Uncompress the zip file
unzip -o
# 3. Run the installer

You're gonna need to restart your browser to see the change.

See also the emoji picker by the same guy.


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The Symbola font is part of the ttf-ancient-fonts package. You can install it by running this command in a terminal window:

sudo apt-get install ttf-ancient-fonts


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great, cheers!!! – richardtk_1 Oct 16 '15 at 15:53

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