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 7.4: Support for flags in the Apple Color Emoji font with searchable names

Starting with version 7.4, PopChar shows all the color flags that are available in Apple Color Emoji. These flags are technically tricky, as they are not represented by individual characters; they are rather created by combining so-called “regional indicator symbols”. For example, the combination of the regional indicators “C” and “K” produces the flag of the Cook Islands (with the country code “CK”).

With PopChar, you do not need to know country codes or be aware of the technical foundation of the flag symbols. Just select Apple Color Emoji in PopChar, scroll down to the “Color Flags” section and click one of the flags to insert it in your current document. You can even search for the country names. For example, you can enter “Cook” in PopChar’s search field and do not even need to know that the country code for the Cook Islands is “CK”.

Apple Color Emoji flags

Using the color flags require Yosemite 10.10.3 or newer (the set of flags has been further extended in El Capitan 10.11).

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.


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