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A handpicked list of 25723 unique color names from various sources and thousands of curated user submissions.

The names of color function like a thread attached to a frightfully slender needle, capable of stitching together our most delicate emotions and memories. When the needle hits the target, we feel either pleasure or empathy. Kenya Hara โ€“ White

About ๐Ÿ“‹

The aim of this project is to create as large a list of color names as possible while maintining a good name quality. We've merged various lists, modified the names when there were duplicates with different hex values, and shifted the colors a bit when there were identical colors with different names.

Explore ๐ŸŒ

Color Name Submission ๐Ÿ’Œ

via form ๐ŸŒˆ / or twitter ๐Ÿฆ

Make sure to read the naming rules before you contribute!

Color Count: 25723 ๐ŸŽ‰

~0.15% of the RGB color space

Color distribution ๐Ÿ›ฐ

3d representation of color distribution in RGB Space (Preview image of link above)

When coming up with new color names, it is vital to know what spots in a certain color-space are crowded and where there is still room for new colors. For example: Our API returns the closest RGB color to a given HEX value. To avoid too many colors snapping to the same name, we aim to distribute the colors evenly in the color space: Visualization

Usage ๐Ÿ“–

Installation Node.js ๐Ÿ“ฆ

npm install color-name-list --save

or yarn add color-name-list


All Names ๐Ÿ“š


Best of Names subset ๐Ÿ†


API ๐Ÿƒ{{hexvalue without the #}},{{more comma separated values}}

Single Color


  "colors": [{
    "name": "Lead",
    "hex": "#212121",
    "rgb": {"r": 33, "g": 33, "b": 33},
    "distance": 0, // its an exact match
    "luminance": 22.062320231562225,
    "requestedHex": "#212121",

Multiple Colors


All Named Colors


In this case colors is not an object but an array of objects sorted by color-name

Unique Color-Names

by adding ?noduplicates=true every returned name will be unique. The closest color, that was not returned previously will be returned: curl,212121?noduplicates=true

  "colors": [{
    "name": "Lead",
    "hex": "#212121",
    "rgb": { "r": 33, "g": 33, "b": 33 },
    "luminance": 22.062320231562225
    "name": "Abaddon Black",
    "hex": "#231f20",
    "rgb": { "r": 35, "g": 31, "b": 32 },
    "luminance": 21.30621829419759

Good Color-Names

Not all color-names are created equal; add ?goodnamesonly=true to your request URL to get a handpicked subset of names that were rated as good by humans. (Colors that are liked a lot on twitter and some of the team favourites).

Usage JS โŒจ

Exact Color

import namedColors from 'color-name-list';

let someColor = namedColors.find(color => color.hex === '#ffffff');
console.log(; // => white

let someNamedColor = namedColors.find(color => === 'Eigengrau')
console.log(someColor.hex); // => #16161d

Closest Named Color

Since there are 16777216 possible RGB colors, you might use a library such as nearest-color or ClosestVector to help you find the the closest named color.

import nearestColor from 'nearest-color';
import namedColors from 'color-name-list';

// nearestColor need objects {name => hex} as input
const colors = colorNameList.reduce((o, { name, hex }) => Object.assign(o, { [name]: hex }), {});

const nearest = nearestColor.from(colors);

// get closest named color
nearest('#f1c1d1'); // => Fairy Tale

Alternative package: ktree

Note: If you are looking for something visually more accurate, you could: use DeltaE, or use the above snippet, combined with a transform from rgb to ciecam02 scaled to 0-255.

Building ๐Ÿ”จ

npm install && npm run build

See package.json for more.

Sources ๐Ÿ—’

Sources: Names ๐Ÿ“‡

Sources: Color ๐ŸŽจ

Contributors ๐Ÿฆ‘

Color Namers

Verena the naming overloard, Jess the name wizzard, Syl, Stephanie Stutz, Simbiasamba, Jason Wilson, Inรชs Joรฃo, Nick Niles, Qwhex, Ichatdelune, basgys, Shelina S., Trevor Elia, cheesits456, Sandhya Subram

Disclaimer ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿพโ€

In the process we try to remove all names that are offensive or racist, as well as protected brand names. As some of the color names come from other lists, some bad ones might slip in. Please report them, they will be removed as quickly as possible.

Latest Color Names ๐Ÿ”–

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