What are HTML entities?

Some characters are reserved in HTML. For example, if you use or > symbols in your text, the browser may assume them as the markup. To solve this issue, you can use HTML entities.

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<title>HTML entities</title>
</head>
<body>
<h4>This will be shown as a heading</h4>
<h4>This will be shown as the markup</h4>
</body>
</html>

Output

This will be shown as a heading

<h4>This will be shown as the markup</h4>

Frequently used HTML entities

SymbolEntityDescription
<&lt;Less than
>&gt;Greater than
&&amp;Ampersand
&nbsp;Non-breaking space
&apos;Apostrophe
&quot;Quotation mark
~&tilde;Tilde
©&copy;Copyright
®&reg;Registered trademark
&trade;Trademark
&euro;Euro
£&pound;Pound
¢&cent;Cent
¥&yen;Yen