Unicode Character "<" (U+003C)

The character < (Less-Than Sign) is represented by the Unicode codepoint U+003C. It is encoded in the Basic Latin block, which belongs to the Basic Multilingual Plane. It was added to Unicode in version 1.1 (June, 1993). It is HTML encoded as &#x003C;. Its mirrored character is > (U+003E).

Main Unicode Properties

Name Less-Than Sign
Unicode Codepoint U+003C
Unicode Version 1.1 (June, 1993)
Block Basic Latin
Plane Basic Multilingual Plane

Bidirectional Data

Bidirectional class Other Neutral (ON)
Is mirrored? Yes
Mirrored character > (U+003E)

Other Unicode Data

Category Math Symbol
Script Code for undetermined script
Combining Class Not Reordered

U+003C Conversion

HTML (decimal) &#60;
HTML (hex) &#x003C;
HTML (named) &lt;
URL Escape Code %3C
CSS \00003C
JavaScript, JSON \u003C
C, C++, Java \u003C
Python \u003C
Rust \u{003C}
Ruby \u003C

How to type "<"

  • Windows ?: Hold Alt, then type 0 0 3 C. Release Alt.
  • Mac ?: Hold Alt ⌥, then type 0 0 3 C. Release Alt.


  • <
    Times, Times New Roman, serif
  • <
    Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif
  • <
    Courier, Courier New, monospace

UTF Encodings

UTF-8 (hex) 0x3C
UTF-16 (hex) 0x003C
UTF-32 (hex) 0x0000003C

Characters based on "<" (U+003C)