PopChar X

Most of your fonts contain thousands of characters, many more than you can access from the keyboard.

If you want to get the most out of your fonts, then PopChar is the right tool for you.

PopChar makes "typing" of unusual characters easy without having to remember keyboard combinations.

Whenever you need a special character, PopChar is there to help.

Click the "P" in the menu bar to display a table of characters. Select the desired character and it instantly appears in your document.

PopChar works with all modern applications that support Unicode. It makes it easy to navigate and search within fonts that contain thousands of characters. Search for characters by their names, find fonts that contain certain characters, explore the character set of fonts, collect your favorite characters, insert HTML symbols. PopChar makes all these font-related tasks easy.

With PopChar, you can also take a look at fonts from a designer's perspective – see a font preview, check out what a given text fragment looks like in a certain font, and print beautiful font sheets.

Starting with PopChar 7, you can even find special characters by simply drawing them.

Words cannot describe the huge benefits PopChar offers to you. See yourself in this short demo movie.

Easily type umlauts with PopChar

Believe it or not - PopChar has now been around for over 25 years. To read more about the milestones in the development of PopChar, see the History of PopChar.

Features, Installation, Requirements


For more information on how to insert special characters, visit the Features page


To install PopChar X, download it from our downloads page. PopChar X is distributed as a Mac OS X disk image (DMG). Once you have mounted the disk image, simply double-click the PopChar icon to install and launch PopChar.

As long as you do not have a license key, PopChar operates in trial mode with some special characters disabled. When you purchase a license key and enter it in the Registration window of PopChar X, the dimmed characters will immediately become active.


  • PopChar X requires OS X 10.6 or newer.
  • Compatible with OS X El Capitan.


The current version of PopChar X is available in English, German, and French.

in PopChar X 7.3: Support for skin tone variants in the Apple Color Emoji font

In recent versions of OS X, Apple has included the Apple Color Emoji font with hundreds of color symbols and emojis. Apple updated the font a number of times with Yosemite and El Capitan. The latest version of the font now conforms to Unicode 8 and contains more than 1000 symbols.

apple color emoji fontWith PopChar X, you can browse the beautifully designed color symbols in Apple Color Emoji, search for particular ideograms by name, and insert them as characters in applications that know how to handle color fonts.

emoji skin tones

Starting with PopChar X 7.3, you can select skin tone variants of all applicable symbols of the Apple Color Emoji font by simply clicking the skin tone symbol in the lower right corner of the emoji.

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 or newer is required to make use of the skin tone variants.

in PopChar X 7.2: Show pronunciations and meanings of Chinese characters

Starting with version 7.2, PopChar knows the Mandarin pronunciations of more than 40,000 and English descriptions of more than 20,000 Chinese characters. Point at a character to see these details at the bottom of the PopChar window.

You can also search for words in descriptions. For example, simply enter an English word in PopChar's search field to quickly find all Chinese characters whose descriptions contain that word.

in PopChar 7: Find characters by drawing their shapes

With PopChar 7, finding a special character is as easy as drawing it on the screen.

With PopChar, inserting any character is as easy as clicking it in the PopChar table, and you can even search large fonts for characters by their Unicode names. Unfortunately, you often don't know the Unicode name of the desired character, so you don't know which search terms to enter. But you do know what the desired character looks like. With PopChar 7, you can now simply show PopChar what you want.

print font preview


PopChar 7 introduces a new "Shape Finder", which allows you to draw the shape of a character on the screen to tell PopChar what you are looking for. You just draw the approximate shape and click the Find button and PopChar comes up with all characters that resemble this shape. It has never been easier to find special characters, even in Unicode fonts with thousands of characters.

in PopChar 7: Find similar characters

Easily find similar shapes based on a known character.

print font preview

The Shape Finder can also be used with PopChar's new "Find Similar Shape" context command, which allows you to start with a character in the table, optionally add a few extra strokes, and quickly find characters that look similar.



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