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.

Starting with PopChar 6, you can even take a new 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.

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 10.5.8 or newer.
  • Compatible with OS X Mavericks.
  • Prepared for OS X Yosemite.
  • Universal Binary - PowerPC and Intel, 32-bit and 64-bit.


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

in PopChar X 6: Font information

In addition to the characters inside fonts, PopChar can also display information about fonts. The Font Info view reveals background information like version number, properties, supported languages, copyright and license statements, information about the designer, manufacturer, vendor, number of characters and glyphs, and more.

The Font Info view is a valuable source of information for font aficionados. With PopChar, the font information is quickly accessible with a few clicks at any time.

font info

The text is selectable, so you can copy sections or all of it for further use.

The Font Info view also contains a clickable link that takes you directly to the storage location of the font file. This helps you to find a particular font, without hunting through many potential folders. And when multiple versions of a certain fonts exist, PopChar tells you exactly which of these versions is currently in use.

in PopChar X 6: Font Preview and Sample Text views

Get an impression of a selected font with the new Font Preview and Sample Text features of PopChar 6.

font previewIn typesetting, one important task is to get a message across. Using the right font can help substantially to emphasize the meaning of text and deliver an enjoyable reading experience. PopChar helps you to evaluate fonts. Select the "Font Preview" or "Sample Text" views to see a font in action.

PopChar shows some typical characters and sample text fragments in the selected font to give you an impression of the font's properties.

font samplePopChar even highlights characters that are not available in a font, so you can immediately see whether a font has all the accents needed to correctly write "déjà vu", "Bœuf Stroganoff" or whether it contains the bullets and ligatures that you need for a certain text fragment.

You can select one from a few predefined filler texts (such as the famous "Lorem ipsum") or create your own text template that you want to see in a variety of fonts.

in PopChar X 6: Font sheets

The Font Preview and Sample Text views can be printed to create beautiful font sheets with PopChar 6.

print font previewViewing fonts on the screen is perfect for making a quick choice or interactively finding characters in a font.

But when you want to see what a font will look like in print, there is no way around actually printing the font.

PopChar's font preview and sample text views allow you to create beautiful font sheets.

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print font samplePrint them, use them in design discussions, collect them in a printed font catalog, or save them as PDF documents to show off a selected font.

You can even send a font sheet in PDF format to someone else who does not need to have the font installed, does not have PopChar, and maybe does not even have a Macintosh.

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