Ubuntu – How to get Apple Color Emojis to work on Ubuntu


In order to get Emojis rendered on Ubuntu machines, one can simply install the ttf-ancient-fonts package.

But these are not coloured and by far not as nice as the well-known Apple Color Emojis.

How can I install these on my Ubuntu machine? Especially, on my Ubuntu Touch device would be nice.

Best Answer

The Apple Color Emoji font will not work in Linux and is not licensed for use outside Apple products.

I'll assume your actual goal is simply displaying color emoji on Linux. You can install EmojiOne Color or Twitter Color Emoji for full color emoji, including skin tone diversity, and country flags.

Note: The font uses the SVG-in-OpenType format and will currently only show color emoji in Firefox, Thunderbird and other Mozilla Gecko-based applications. This is not a limitation of the font, but of the operating systems and applications. Regular B&W outline emoji are included for backwards/fallback compatibility.

Available for manual installation on the Github release pages or via my Launchpad PPA:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:eosrei/fonts
sudo apt-get update
# Choose one!
sudo apt-get install fonts-emojione-svginot
# Or
sudo apt-get install fonts-twemoji-svginot

EmojiOne Color in Firefox: EmojiOne Color font in Firefox Twitter Color Emoji in Firefox: Twitter Color Emoji font in Firefox Probably obvious, but full disclosure anyway: I made both fonts.