You don’t need icons! Here are 100+ unicode symbols that you can use

By Danny Markov

100-plus-unicode-symbols

Ever needed to add an icon to your design, but you didn’t want to include images or an entire icon font like Font Awesome into your page? We’ve got good news for you – there is a vast library of available icons and glyphs already in your browser. It is called Unicode, and it is a standard which assigns a unique identifier for an ever expanding number (currently over 110 000) of characters, symbols and icons.

This doesn’t mean that you have a choice of a hundred thousand icons, though. It is up to the browser to render them, and it uses the fonts which are installed on the system to do so. In this article, we’ve collected a number of symbols that are available across Windows, Linux, OS X, Android and iOS. You can use them in your web designs today!

Tip: There is a good article which explains everything you need to know about character encodings and unicode, which we recommend for every software developer to read.

How to use these icons

The icons given in the tables below, are regular characters, which you can copy and paste as if they are letters of text. But if the encoding used to save your HTML/CSS files is not UTF-8 they might not show up. This is why we’ve provided an HTML escape code, which will always work. Here is what you need to do to use these icons:

  1. Find an icon that you like. We’ve provided small and large previews.
  2. Copy the code.
  3. Paste it in your HTML as regular text. In your CSS, you can use it as the value of the content property. In JS, PHP and other programming languages, you can use it as text in strings.
  4. You can customize the icons by setting a font-size, color and text shadows, just like regular text.

Icon-like

Name Preview Code
Smiley
Hot Springs
8-Ball
White Star
Black Star
White Heart
Black Heart
Airplane
Black Scissors
White Scissors
Crown
Cross
Black-White Circle
Eight Note
Beamed Eighth Notes
Four Balloon-Spoked Asterisk
Circled White Star
White Star
White Four Pointed Star
Black Four Pointed Star
Ballot Box Check
Check Mark
Cross Mark
Pencil
Writing Hand
Female
Male
Black Telephone
White Telephone
Envelope
Telephone Location

Arrows

Name Preview Code
Leftwards Arrow
Rightwards Arrow
Upwards Arrow
Downwards Arrow
Left Right Arrow
Up Down Arrow
Right And Left Arrows
Up And Down Arrows
Down-Left 90deg Arrow
Down-Right 90deg Arrow
Up-Left 90deg Arrow
Up-Right 90deg Arrow
Leftwards Arrow To Bar
Rightwards Arrow To Bar
Anticlockwise Semicircle Arrow
Clockwise Semicircle Arrow
Anticlockwise Circle Arrow
Clockwise Circle Arrow
Wide-Headed Rightwards Arrow
Downwards Zigzag Arrow
North West Arrow
Heavy South East Arrow
Heavy Rightwards Arrow
Heavy North East Arrow
Dashed Rightwards Arrow
Dotted Leftwards Arrow
Black Rightwards Arrowhead
Leftwards White Arrow
Rightwards White Arrow
Left Angle Quotation Mark «
Right Angle Quotation Mark » » »
Right Black Pointer
Left Black Pointer
Up Black Pointer
Down Black Pointer
Right White Pointer
Left White Pointer
Up White Pointer
Down White Pointer Bow Arrow

Special

Name Preview Code
Numero
Copyright © © ©
Registered ® ® ®
Trademark
Estimated
Bullet
Middle Dot · · ·

Currency

Name Preview Code
Euro
Pound £ £ £
Lira
Yen ¥ ¥ ¥
Cent ¢ ¢ ¢
Currency ¤ ¤ ¤

Weather

Name Preview Code
Degree ° ° °
Small Sun
Big Sun
Cloud
Snowflake 1
Snowflake 2
Snowflake 3

Pointers

Name Preview Code
Pointer Left Black
Pointer Right Black
Pointer Left White
Pointer Up White
Pointer Right White
Pointer Down White

Card Suits

Name Preview Code
Spades Black
Hearts Black
Diamonds Black
Clubs Black
Spades White
Hearts White
Diamonds White
Clubs White

Chess

Name Preview Code
King White
Queen White
Rook White
Bishop White
Knight White
Pawn White
King Black
Queen Black
Rook Black
Bishop Black
Knight Black
Pawn Black

Maths

Name Preview Code
Infinity
Plus Minus ± ± ±
Less-Than Or Equal To
More-Than Or Equal To
Not Equal To
Division ÷ ÷ ÷
Multiplication x × × ×
Heavy Multiplication x
Superscript One ¹ ¹ ¹
Superscript Two ² ² ²
Superscript Three ³ ³ ³
Circled Plus
Circled Multiplication
Logical AND
Logical OR
Delta
Pie
Sigma (SUM)
Omega Ω Ω Ω
Empty Set
Angle
Parallel
Perpendicular
Almost Equal To
Triangle
Circle
Square

Fractions

Name Preview Code
One Quarter (1/4) ¼ ¼ ¼
One Half (1/2) ½ ½ ½
Three Quarters (3/4) ¾ ¾ ¾
One Third (1/3)
Two Thirds (2/3)
One Eight (1/8)
Three Eights (3/8)
Five Eights (5/8)
Seven Eights (7/8)

Roman Numerals

Name Preview Code
Roman Numeral One
Roman Numeral Two
Roman Numeral Three
Roman Numeral Four
Roman Numeral Five
Roman Numeral Six
Roman Numeral Seven
Roman Numeral Eight
Roman Numeral Nine
Roman Numeral Ten
Roman Numeral Eleven
Roman Numeral Twelve

A few notes

There are some rendering differences between these symbols across operating symbols. This is caused by the different font families that are used. Also, iOS and Android replace some Unicode characters with emoji, so be sure to test there to make sure that this doesn’t happen and the icons show as intended. Have fun coding! 🙂

Source:: Tutorialzine.com