Java – unicode characters appear as question marks in IntelliJ IDEA console


I'm trying to write unicode characters (♠) using System.out, and a question mark gets printed instead.

How can I have proper unicode characters displayed instead of question marks?

I'm using IntelliJ IDEA on Windows, and trying to print from within the IDE.

Best Solution

Go to Help > Edit Custom VM options... then add the following option:


I'm not sure if both are necessary but it worked for me. You need to restart IntelliJ for changes to be applied.

I had already tried changing every encoding setting in Intellij, setting those options in Gradle and changing the system encoding, this is the only one that worked.