Many terminal apps don’t properly display multibyte emoji characters properly. This may fix the issue for you in iTerm2, it also may not.

By default iTerm2 uses a unicode rendering format that is not comletely compatible with some emoji characters. Instead what you’ll see is the emoji over-lapping normal text characters, or drawing outside the bounds of where they should be.

In iTerm2 open:

Preferences -> Profiles -> Text

and check on the “Use Unicode Version 9 Widths” checkbox. Then restart WTF.


(Note: This issue is not unique to iTerm2. As of this writing it also affects Terminal, and Hyper.)