:smile: Cl-Emoji

cl-emoji provides the Unicode emoji characters

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cl-emoji is able to treat Emoji 5.0 defined in Unicode 10.0! (ex. UFO;

:boom: Usage

(ql:quickload :cl-emoji)
(emoji:codepoint '("U+1F600"))
=> "?"
(emoji:name "grinning face")
=> "?"
(emoji:annotation "face")
=> (("?" "U+1F600" "grinning face" ("face" "grin" "person")) ...)

;; We can also get emoji with slack-like string
(emoji:alpha-code ":grin:")
=> "?"
(format t "Hello~a!~%" (emoji:name "grinning face"))
=> Hello?!

According to PR #3, we can use following APIs.

If you tell emoji version to cl-emoji API, do like this (and I checked if path generated at API calling):

CL-USRE> (trace format)
CL-USER> (cl-emoji:annotation "grin")
  0: (FORMAT NIL "file ~A"
  0: FORMAT returned
       "file /home/foo/cl-emoji/data/emoji_4.0_release-30.lisp"
(("?" ("U+1F600") "grinning face" ("face" "grin") "Smileys & People"
CL-USER> (let ((cl-emoji:*current-version* (second cl-emoji:+versions+)))
           (cl-emoji:annotation "grin"))
  0: (FORMAT NIL "file ~A"
  0: FORMAT returned
       "file /home/foo/cl-emoji/data/emoji_5.0_release-31.lisp"
(("?" ("U+1F600") "grinning face" ("face" "grin") "Smileys & People"

:smile: Groups and Subgroups

Those are appears in Full Emoji Data, for instance Smileys & People is a group and face-positive is a subgroup.

You can get emoji by group name and subgroup name with API cl-emoji:group and cl-emoji:subgroup. see also Full Emoji Data

If you want to search available annotations/groups/subgroups, then.

CL-USER> (emoji:group-apropos "foo")

CL-USER> (emoji:subgroup-apropos "bar")

CL-USER> (emoji:annotation-apropos "bazz")

:fire: Installation

$ cd ~/common-lisp
$ git clone git://

:laughing: Author

  • Masaya TANIGUCHI (

Copyright (c) 2015 Masaya TANIGUCHI (

  • src/cl-emoji.lisp is licensed under the MIT License
  • data/emoji-list.lisp is licensed under the Unicoded License