Unicode Character "α" (U+03B1)

The character α (Greek Small Letter Alpha) is represented by the Unicode codepoint U+03B1. It is encoded in the Greek and Coptic block, which belongs to the Basic Multilingual Plane. It was added to Unicode in version 1.1 (June, 1993). It is HTML encoded as α.

Main Unicode Properties

Name Greek Small Letter Alpha
Unicode Codepoint U+03B1
Unicode Version 1.1 (June, 1993)
Block Greek and Coptic
Plane Basic Multilingual Plane

Bidirectional Data

Bidirectional class Left To Right (L)
Is mirrored? No

Character Case

Case Lowercase
Uppercase character Α (U+0391)

Other Unicode Data

Category Lowercase Letter
Script Greek
Combining Class Not Reordered

U+03B1 Conversion

HTML (decimal) α
HTML (hex) α
HTML (named) α
URL Escape Code %CE%B1
CSS \0003B1
JavaScript, JSON \u03B1
C, C++, Java \u03B1
Python \u03B1
Rust \u{03B1}
Ruby \u03B1

How to type "α"

  • Windows ?: Hold Alt, then type 0 3 B 1. Release Alt.
  • Mac ?: Hold Alt ⌥, then type 0 3 B 1. Release Alt.


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

UTF Encodings

UTF-8 (hex) 0xCE 0xB1
UTF-16 (hex) 0x03B1
UTF-32 (hex) 0x000003B1

Characters based on "α" (U+03B1)