Easy Emoji Picker For Textarea - jQuery emojiarea.js

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Easy Emoji Picker For Textarea - jQuery emojiarea.js

emojiarea.js is a lightweight and easy-to-use jQuery emoji picker plugin which enables the user to quickly insert emoji (as background, unicode, and image) to a textarea element.


$ npm install jquery.emojiarea.js --save

How to use it:

1. Add jQuery library (slim build) and the jQuery emojiarea.js script to the page.

<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.2.1.slim.min.js" 
<script src="jquery.emojiarea.js"></script>

2. Wrap your textarea element into a container with the following data attributes:

  • data-emojiarea: required
  • data-type="unicode": or "CSS", "image"
  • data-global-picker="false": true or false
<div data-emojiarea 
  <i class="emoji emoji-smile emoji-button">&#x1f604;</i>

3. Style the emoji picker in the CSS.

.emoji {
  color: transparent;
  display: inline-block;
  font-size: 18px;
  font-style: normal;
  height: 25px;
  width: 25px;

.emoji::selection {
  background-color: highlight;
  color: transparent;

.emoji-image {
  font-size: 14px;
  line-height: 28px;

.emoji-button {
  cursor: pointer;
  margin: 5px;

.emoji-editor {
  -moz-appearance: textfield-multiline;
  -webkit-appearance: textarea;
  border: 1px solid #ccc;
  border-radius: 3px;
  box-shadow: inset 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.1);
  box-sizing: border-box;
  cursor: text;
  font: medium -moz-fixed;
  font: -webkit-small-control;
  -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;
  height: 100px;
  overflow: auto;
  padding: 5px;
  resize: both;
  width: 100%;

.emoji-picker {
  background-color: #fff;
  border: 1px solid #ccc;
  position: absolute;
  width: 210px;

.emoji-picker a {
  cursor: pointer;
  display: inline-block;
  font-size: 20px;
  padding: 3px;

.emoji-selector {
  border-bottom: 1px solid #ccc;
  display: flex;

.emoji-selector li { margin: 5px; }

.emoji-group {
  display: grid;
  grid-template-columns: repeat(6, 16.66667%);
  height: 200px;
  overflow-y: scroll;
  padding: 3px;

4. Set the path to the emoji image.

EmojiArea.DEFAULTS.assetPath = './assets/images';

Change log:


  • Improved browser support for replacement of selections

This awesome jQuery plugin is developed by wstoettinger. For more Advanced Usages, please check the demo page or visit the official website.