Massive color dictionary ๐ŸŒˆ
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A handpicked list of 17405 unique color names from various sources and thousands of user submissions. Try it yourself or read the full list.

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. 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.

Submit a color via form ๐ŸŒˆ / or twitter ๐Ÿฆ

Make sure to read the naming rules before you contribute!

color count: 17405 ๐ŸŽ‰

(~0.10% of all RGB Colors)

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

PS: You can choose between different color spaces on the bottom right.

Usage ๐Ÿ“–

Installation Node.js ๐Ÿ“ฆ

npm install color-name-list --save

or yarn add color-name-list


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

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 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‘

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.