I discovered that it's possible to use "icon" in terminal (for eg in prompt) on OS X, as it can be seen here:

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Is it possible to do this on a regular Linux distribution (eg ubuntu) ?

  • I don't think it currently allows bitmaps in the prompt (utf8 chars are fine) but for an awesome terminal experience, have a look at Terminology in Enlightenment.
    – symcbean
    Apr 6, 2017 at 13:58
  • Terminology looks indeed very cool!
    – yves
    Apr 7, 2017 at 11:43
  • On same kind of topic, I found TerminalImageViewer to display bigger image in terminal with "reasonable" resolution
    – yves
    Nov 16, 2017 at 17:04

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These are unicode symbols or emoji. Homebrew used to have a Beer Mug as a symbol in its output. As long as you have a font that supports them you will see them. On macOS you can go to the Edit > Emoji and Symbols... to insert them. Not sure of the equivalent on Ubuntu. You should be able to copy-and-paste them into your text editor from here.


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