Linux Character maps
Character maps are programs you can use to find any special character and symbol from any font installed on your Linux system. You can find them and copy-paste, or you can find their Unicode codes and use those.
GNOME and Unity
Gucharmap character map is a part of GNOME desktop. So if you run a Gnome desktop - you can access it in following way:
- Menu on the top of the screen. Click on chosen language ➢ choose Character Map.
- Gucharmap in terminal.
- Applications ➢ Accessories ➢ Character Map.
- Gucharmap homepage on Gnome.org.
- Character Map information on Ubuntu.com
KDE Character Selector
KCharSelect is advanced character map tool found in KDE environment on Linux OS. What's more advanced about it, is that it contains more information about symbols and that it is more customisable. Big disadvantage is that it is not that fast in use.
You can access it in following ways:
- KCharSelect in terminal.
- Path is likely to be /usr/bin/kcharselect
- KCharSelect information on KDE.org.
Character map on Java
There also is a Java charmap program you can download. It works on any platform, where Java environment is installed.
Works anywhere where Java RE is installed. Can be resized. A single click adds character into text field. Text in this field is automatically copied to the system clipboard on each click. Author states that features are limited to make the application faster and simpler to learn and use.