How can I make emojis appear in a text box in Inkscape?

I'm running Inkscape v1.0.2 (e86c870879, 2021-01-15) on Debian 11 (bullseye). I cannot get emojis to appear in an SVG that I'm creating in Inkscape. For example:

  1. I open Inkscape.
  2. I create a new document.
  3. I create a text box.
  4. I type a string with some emojis between two pipes “emojis:|😁🤓😺|” in OpenSans font.
  5. The emojis are not visible:

Curiously, the emojis appear in the “preview” of the Font and Text tabs of the Text and Font window, but they do not appear on the main/edit window itself.

What am I doing wrong? How do I get the emojis to appear in Inkscape?


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As far as I know, Inkscape doesn't support display of multi colour emojis. Although you should still be able see the emojis, they will display as monochrome, but when exporting as SVG, they should display in colour in a browser. Make sure you have the most recent Inkscape - (currently 1.2.1)

Example: What I see in Inskcape 1.2.1

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Here's the SVG file which you can see is colour when displayed in a browser, assuming the font is installed locally. This example is the SVG shown in Firefox

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  • 2
    If the font isn't installed locally, standard font substitution seems to apply to your web share - I got this, distinctly Apple. i.stack.imgur.com/HaAdC.png
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 2, 2022 at 18:17
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    @Tetsujin - yeah, distinctly Apple!
    – Billy Kerr
    Aug 2, 2022 at 18:20
  • @BillyKerr "What I see in Inskcape 1.2.1" can you please also add the OS/flavour and version? Aug 3, 2022 at 10:26
  • @MichaelAltfield - sorry, this is Windows 10, Inkscape 1.2.1, SVG viewed in Firefox 103.0.1 - the font is the default sans-serif in Inkscape, and isn't specified in the SVG. The SVG was exported from Inkscape using "Plain SVG".
    – Billy Kerr
    Aug 3, 2022 at 10:29

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