Unicode Character "∖" (U+2216)

The character (Set Minus) is represented by the Unicode codepoint U+2216. It is encoded in the Mathematical Operators 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 Set Minus
Unicode Codepoint U+2216
Unicode Version 1.1 (June, 1993)
Block Mathematical Operators
Plane Basic Multilingual Plane

Bidirectional Data

Bidirectional class Other Neutral (ON)
Is mirrored? Yes

Other Unicode Data

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

U+2216 Conversion

HTML (decimal) ∖
HTML (hex) ∖
HTML (named) ∖
URL Escape Code %E2%88%96
CSS \002216
JavaScript, JSON \u2216
C, C++, Java \u2216
Python \u2216
Rust \u{2216}
Ruby \u2216

How to type "∖"

  • Windows ?: Hold Alt, then type 2 2 1 6. Release Alt.
  • Mac ?: Hold Alt ⌥, then type 2 2 1 6. Release Alt.


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

UTF Encodings

UTF-8 (hex) 0xE2 0x88 0x96
UTF-16 (hex) 0x2216
UTF-32 (hex) 0x00002216