Unicode Character "\" (U+005C)

The character \ (Reverse Solidus) is represented by the Unicode codepoint U+005C. 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 \.

Main Unicode Properties

Name Reverse Solidus
Unicode Codepoint U+005C
Unicode Version 1.1 (June, 1993)
Block Basic Latin
Plane Basic Multilingual Plane

Bidirectional Data

Bidirectional class Other Neutral (ON)
Is mirrored? No

Other Unicode Data

U+005C Conversion

HTML (decimal) \
HTML (hex) \
HTML (named) \
URL Escape Code %5C
CSS \00005C
JavaScript, JSON \u005C
C, C++, Java \u005C
Python \u005C
Rust \u{005C}
Ruby \u005C

How to type "\"

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


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

UTF Encodings

UTF-8 (hex) 0x5C
UTF-16 (hex) 0x005C
UTF-32 (hex) 0x0000005C

Characters based on "\" (U+005C)