URXVT on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

URXVT is a nice terminal.

Urxvt-Unicode displays Unicode characters, but not emoji.

Installation on Archlinux

Make sure to install:


Copy/Paste with Gnome is not integrated and an extension needs to be installed.

Bult-in Method


Sample content of ~/.Xresources file:

URxvt*background:   black
URxvt*foreground:   grey
URxvt*cursorColor:  green
URxvt*scrollBar:    false
URxvt*scrollBar_right: true
URxvt*saveLines:    10000
URxvt*toolBar:      On
! make sure to install the font
URxvt.font: xft:SauceCodePro Nerd Font:size=8

To reload after changing .Xresources file:

xrdb ~/.Xresources

Download fonts:

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/nerd-fonts-source-code-pro.git
cd nerd-fonts-source-code-pro
makepkg -si

Alternatives from Emoji Display Perspective

Other’s comments on Unicode Support

Gentoo Forums :: View topic - [SOLVED] Emojis on rxvt-unicode

Ant P.
Joined: 18 Apr 2009
Posts: 6921

Emojis on rxvt-unicode

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:07 pm  

urxvt only supports UCS-2, like Windows 2000 or Java 1.3. The author is one of those types that gets angry if you so much as point out bugs, so it’ll likely never be fixed (same goes for its use of manually-premultiplied alpha transparency and color escape code parsing).

st’s unicode isn’t perfect, it doesn’t know some characters should be double-width, but at least it’s trying.


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