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Add a slick emoji selector to input fields and textareas on your website.

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1.4 2019-04-18 18:11 UTC

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😍 😜 😂 😛 Instantly add Emoji support to input fields on your website! 💥 ✨ 👍 🤘

Example Screenshot


Installation & Usage:

On Robustness: This library isn't super robust, so if you find any issues, please report it so it can be fixed (or feel free to fix it yourself). Code quality improvements are also welcome, always looking to make it better!

On CDN & Multiple Files: Currently, the number of JavaScript files you have to include is not ideal (6 files). The files will eventually be concatenated and minified, but it might be a bit until this happens. When that's complete, it'll be added to CDNJs as well.

  1. In your <head> section, add the following stylesheet links. Adjust the lib/css path to match yours.
  <link href="lib/css/nanoscroller.css" rel="stylesheet">
  <link href="lib/css/emoji.css" rel="stylesheet">
  1. Before the end of your <body> section, add the following JavaScript links. This library depends on jQuery, so jQuery must also be included, before these scripts are run. Once again, adjust the lib/css path to match yours.
  <!-- ** Don't forget to Add jQuery here ** -->
  <script src="lib/js/nanoscroller.min.js"></script>
  <script src="lib/js/tether.min.js"></script>
  <script src="lib/js/config.js"></script>
  <script src="lib/js/util.js"></script>
  <script src="lib/js/jquery.emojiarea.js"></script>
  <script src="lib/js/emoji-picker.js"></script>
  1. On any input field, add the data attribute data-emojiable="true".

  2. That's all you need for the default options. Play around with the demo to see what the default options give you.

Configuring Options

I want the Emoji selector to input Unicode characters instead of images

Add data-emoji-input="unicode" to your input field. Only the unicode value is checked for; entering anything else has no effect.

I want to limit my input field to a certain number of characters (maxlength)

The maxlength property is mostly supported. Character input and emoji input each count as one character, so it'll stop you from entering more than the max length. Unfortunately, you can paste more than the maxlength number of characters, so that needs to be fixed.

I want classes from my original input field to be copied over to the rich emoji input area

They are!


You get:

  • Input fields converted to contenteditable rich text areas with emoji support
  • A happy face icon on the top right of each rich text area, which brings up the menu on click
  • An emoji selection menu, with recently selected emojis at the top (thanks to angular-emoji-popup's author)
  • Text area values can be easily converted between Unicode and HTML (Unicode+Image Tags)

What happens under the hood:

  • When you call new EmojiPicker().discover(), all elements with the data attribute data-emojiable="true" are found, a contenteditable div is created after each one, and the original input field is hidden.
  • When you type text into this contenteditable div, events are triggered upon each keypress/text change as well as each emoji selection, and the contents of this contenteditable div are copied to the original (now hidden) input field
  • Text entered into this contenteditable div is plain text; selected emojis are actually <img> tags
  • To get the value of the contenteditable div, call element.val() on the underlying hidden input field. The <img> emojis will be converted into Unicode emojis (plain text)


This is a slightly modified version of angular-emoji-popup, which was written based on jquery-emojiarea (converts input fields to rich emoji input areas) and uses nanoScrollerJs (for the popup's custom-skinned scrollbar). This version removes AngularJS as a dependency.

Improvements from the original forks:

  • The top-right smiley face that allows you to bring up the emoji picker menu
  • The smiley face shifts left appropriately when text entered exceeds the height and causes a scrollbar to appear
  • The maxlength property of input fields is respected (emoji selections count as a single character)
  • CSS classes from the original input field are copied over to the new contenteditable div

We built this to power emoji selection for OneSignal, our multi-platform push notification service.