Unicode Character "[" (U+005B)

The character [ (Left Square Bracket) is represented by the Unicode codepoint U+005B. 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 [. Its mirrored character is ] (U+005D).

Main Unicode Properties

Name Left Square Bracket
Unicode Codepoint U+005B
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+005D)

Other Unicode Data

U+005B Conversion

HTML (decimal) [
HTML (hex) [
HTML (named) [
URL Escape Code %5B
CSS \00005B
JavaScript, JSON \u005B
C, C++, Java \u005B
Python \u005B
Rust \u{005B}
Ruby \u005B

How to type "["

  • Windows ?: Hold Alt, then type 0 0 5 B. Release Alt.
  • Mac ?: Hold Alt ⌥, then type 0 0 5 B. Release Alt.


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

UTF Encodings

UTF-8 (hex) 0x5B
UTF-16 (hex) 0x005B
UTF-32 (hex) 0x0000005B

Characters based on "[" (U+005B)

  • U+FE47

    Presentation Form For Vertical Left Square Bracket

  • U+FF3B

    Fullwidth Left Square Bracket