A small 6kb jQuery plugin for turning regular textareas into ones that support emojis, WYSIWYG style! Set up a list of available emojis, call $('textarea').emojiarea() and you’re done (basically). There’s a plain-text fallback, so if the browser doesn’t support contentEditable, it will degrade gracefully—the user will still be able to use the dropdown menu of emojis.


<textarea>Hello :smile:</textarea>
<script type="text/javascript">$('textarea').emojiarea();</script>


Dropdown Menu

Dropdown Screenshot

By default, the plugin will insert a link after the editor that toggles the emoji selector when clicked.

<a href="javascript:void(0)" class="emoji-button">Emojis</a>

If you wish change this behavior and have the button placed before the editor, or change the label of the link, use:

    buttonLabel: 'Add Emoji',
    buttonPosition: 'before'

Alternatively, if you wish to use your own button:

$('textarea').emojiarea({button: '#your-button'});

For customizing the visual appearance, see the CSS / Skinning section.

Available Emojis

$.emojiarea.path = '/path/to/folder/with/icons';
$.emojiarea.icons = {
    ':smile:'     : 'smile.png',
    ':angry:'     : 'angry.png',
    ':flushed:'   : 'flushed.png',
    ':neckbeard:' : 'neckbeard.png',
    ':laughing:'  : 'laughing.png'


If you wish to set the defaults for $().emojiarea(), extend $.emojiarea.defaults like so:

$.extend($.emojiarea.defaults, {
    buttonPosition: 'before'

For a basic set of emojis, see “packs/basic”.

CSS / Skinning

See jquery.emojiarea.css for the few fundamental CSS styles needed for this to work.

Basically, you’ll want to adjust the following styles:

.emoji-wysiwyg-editor /* the editor box itself */
.emoji-menu > div /* the dropdown menu with options */
.emoji-wysiwyg-editor img /* the emoji images in the editor */


  • Huge props to Tim Down for the many insightful answers on Stack Overflow having to deal with cross-browser selection handling.
  • If you have a really rad set of emojis and would like to share, please fork this, add them to “packs/”, and submit a pull request!
  • For a giant list of emojis (used by Github, Basecamp, et al), see “Emoji cheat sheet”.


Copyright © 2012 DIY Co

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

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