As you probably know,  and Unicode keeps adding new emojis, but, if like me, you can't or you don't want to update to the latest version of macOS, you don't have those emojis. I know that there are several emojis fonts such as

But, I don't want to have this kind of library, I would like to have the "real" emojis from  (Yes, I ❤️ to use the Apple logo and emojis 😊).

Is there a way to update the emoji list from the  emojis?

This is my question, I think it's technically possible, but I have no idea where to find those emojis and how to update them.


The font file you need to use a more recent version of is /System/Library/Fonts/Apple Color Emoji.ttc and is about 135MB.

The High Sierra version of the file and the process to install it to /Library/Fonts can be found here: http://stephenradford.me/install-high-sierra-emoji-on-older-versions/

Note that the Emoji & Symbol picker will not list the newer emoji added since your version of macOS. For that to work you would also need to update at least /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreEmoji.framework and maybe some other files.

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    What do you mean by "Apple often "back-port" the new Emoji to older versions of macOS in updates." I'm not aware of this ever happening – Ezekiel Elin May 8 at 15:36
  • I've removed it until I have time to source a citation/reference. – Matt Sephton May 8 at 21:27

You have to either obtain a copy of the newer Apple Color Emoji font from a newer OS version and install it in your machine, or manually edit the one you have using a font editor app which can handle this kind of font. I think the second option is not very practical for most users in terms of the work and skills required.

  • Do you have any experience with replacing the emoji font? If it's anything like iOS, this won't work for the new emojis, requiring something like EmojiAttributes on iOS to be installed too. – grg Apr 7 '17 at 13:13
  • @grgarside No, I don't think I've even seen a report of someone doing it. – Tom Gewecke Apr 7 '17 at 14:20
  • Do you know a GitHub repo with the newer emojis? Because I don't want to install Sierra on my computer and then do a Time Machine Backup just for emojis – Arthur Guiot Apr 7 '17 at 21:31

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