I use overleaf to edit my CV, but I find a character "珅" in Chinese cannot be shown in the compiled PDF. I also try XeCJK, but it doesn't work too. Here is my code:

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    One way this can happen is if your font does not have the character. If you add \tracinglostchars=2 near the top of your document, do you get a warning message on the console about your font not containing the character?
    – Davislor
    Dec 23 '20 at 9:03
  • Without \tracinglostchars=2, TeX (in a bad decision decades ago that we are now stuck with) will silently log a warning message in the middle of your .log file and put a blank space where the character should be.
    – Davislor
    Dec 23 '20 at 9:05

The default fontset (fandol) loaded by ctex and xeCJK may not have glyphs for many archaic Chinese characters. If you're compiling this on Overleaf, you can use the fontset=ubuntu option to load Noto Serif CJK SC:


Or if you prefer to load the font explicitly:

\setCJKmainfont{Noto Serif CJK SC} % or some other font that has the glyph
  • Thank you for your answer sincerely. It solves my question in an easy way.
    – wenxi li
    Dec 24 '20 at 14:37

I’m going to expand on imnothere’s fine answer with a few best practices.

\usepackage[UTF8, fontset=none]{ctex}

\defaultfontfeatures{ Scale=MatchUppercase,
                      Renderer=HarfBuzz }

%% Noto CJK fonts available at
%%  https://www.google.com/get/noto/help/cjk/
\setmainfont{Latin Modern Roman}[Scale=1.0]
\setCJKmainfont{Noto Serif CJK SC}
\setCJKsansfont{Noto Sans CJK SC}
\setCJKmonofont{Noto Sans Mono CJK SC}

  • You want \tracinglostchars=2 so that TeX will give you a warning when your font is missing a character. Without this command, the warning will be silently buried in the middle of your .log file.
  • In LuaLaTeX as of 2020, you need to load your CJK fonts with the Renderer=HarfBuzz, or you will get an out-of-memory error. XeTeX uses HarfBuzz by default and works fine. XeLaTeX should give you a benign warning if it sees Renderer=.
  • You probably want a Scale= option if you are mixing different fonts.
  • You might wish to set sans-serif and monospace fonts as well.
  • If you would be overloading the font set from the package anyway, you can skip loading one with fontset=none.

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