I would like to export the list of Favorites in Character Viewer (which can be launched by selecting "Show Emoji & Symbols" in the menu bar icon for the input source) and import it into a different Mac. Where is this list of Favorites stored?

I am using macOS Mojave 10.14.2.

Favorites in Character Viewer

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Favorites are stored in a plist specific to your user. The file can be found at:


My current favorites are and 😘, and the file looks like this when opened in Xcode:

image of my com.apple.CharacterPicker.plist

You may have to restart to see it change.

  • Thanks! This solution works for me.
    – dashmile
    Commented Mar 28, 2019 at 18:00
  • @dashmile consider closing the questin
    – anki
    Commented Mar 28, 2019 at 20:35
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    @ankiiiiiii. A user does not have the ability to close a question, the system does this automatically if the situation warrants. Have a look at: What does it mean if a question is "closed" or "on hold"? Commented Apr 2, 2019 at 3:25
  • Is it OK to use the same plist file in another machine with a different version of macOS (Catalina for example) than the original (High Sierra)?
    – Alper
    Commented Feb 8, 2020 at 5:01
  • I think what ankii meant was accepting the solution, not closing the question Commented Apr 13, 2020 at 23:09

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