PHP regexp pattern matching Unicode emojis

v1.3.0 2023-10-20 13:53 UTC

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This package provides regexp patterns to match Unicode emojis. All forms of emojis are matched, including:

  • Single-character emoji (👍)
  • Emoji that are variants of other characters (e.g. ⌚️ instead of ⌚︎)
  • Fitzpatrick Modifiers (e.g. skintones 👍🏻👍🏼👍🏽👍🏾👍🏿)
  • ZWJ Sequences (e.g. 💑)
  • Combining sequences and Combining Marks (e.g. 0️⃣)
  • Flag sequences (e.g 🇨🇦)

All emojis are derived directly from the standard unicode data files, using an automated script.

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Use Composer to install the library:

$ composer require incenteev/emoji-pattern


The provided pattern relies on the u modifier of PCRE and so works only for UTF-8 strings.

use Incenteev\EmojiPattern\EmojiPattern;

$emojiRegexp = '/' . EmojiPattern::getEmojiPattern() . '/u';


This package is under the MIT license.


The initial version of the package was a port of SwiftEmoji.

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