Entering Unicode characters in Linux

I ran across this post from Aaron Toponce explaining how to enter Unicode characters in Linux applications. Hold down the shift and control keys while typing “u” and the hex values of the Unicode character you wish to enter. I tried this and it worked in Firefox, GEdit, and Gnome Terminal, but not in OpenOffice. I was running Ubuntu 7.10.

See also  Three ways to enter Unicode characters in Windows.

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9 comments on “Entering Unicode characters in Linux
  1. Patrick says:

    Thank you very much for this informational post. :)

  2. Thank you very much. However, this method works only for Gnome/GTK+ applications. I have not yet found a way to do so in KDE.

  3. Drew LeSueur says:

    Thank you! It works great
    Now I can make characters like this λ

  4. hookdump says:

    Thank you so much!!! ♥ xD

  5. Frank says:

    thanks John
    yes it works on firefox
    also it does fabulously well on Google “Chrom”ium browser
    I’m using Ubuntu 11.04

  6. Aram says:

    There is another method for entering a Unicode character, which works in Firefox, gedit and OpenOffice. (tested on Ubuntu 10.04).
    Press and release Ctrl+Shift+U, then enter the hexadecimal code of the symbol and press Enter.

  7. yo says:

    it works sometimes.

    Ctrl+Shift+u00A7 doesn’t work. it can’t make the “A” after the two zeros. B, C, D, E, and F work, though.

    i’m running debian with openbox, and i tried this in leafpad.

  8. yo says:

    Releasing Ctrl+Shift+U works.

    Ctrl+Shift+u (release) 00A7 (enter)
    this gives me: §

    actually what i wanted was 00AB («), and 00e7 (ç)

  9. Ciccero says:

    Excellent, thank you, it is work, in firefox, gedit and libreoffice, great.
    Muchas Gracias!!!

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