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Colorpicker in jQueryUI style. Themeroller look & feel. Multiple color spaces, input/output formats, controls. Check the demo...
JavaScript HTML CSS


Version 1.1.6

Copyright © 2011-2015 Martijn W. van der Lee. Licensed under the MIT.

Full-featured colorpicker for jQueryUI with full theming support. Most images from jPicker by Christopher T. Tillman. Sourcecode created from scratch by Martijn W. van der Lee.

IE support; make sure you have a doctype defined, or the colorpicker will not display correctly.


  • jQueryUI (themeroller-based) look & feel
  • Familiar interface layout
  • Highly configurable
    • Control parts
    • Layout
    • Input/output formats
    • Swatches
    • Many more
  • Accurate color model
  • Supports localization
  • Smart window alignment
  • Complete API with events and methods
  • Easily extendable with plugins
    • Many examples included: RGB-Sliders with CSS gradients, Per-user cookie memory for colors.
  • Documented
  • Limited Unit tests (QUnit-based)


Install with bower using bower install colorpicker.

jQuery v1.7.1 or higher required. (Will not work with v1.6 or before).

jQueryUI v1.8.0 or higher required.

Current version:

Source code on Github:

Browser support

Tested with v1.0.7

  • Chrome 31
  • FireFox 25
  • Opera 17
  • Internet Explorer 10



Turns an element into a colorpicker.


alpha (false)

Whether or not to show the inputs for alpha.

altAlpha (true)

Change the opacity of the altField element(s) according to the alpha setting.

altField ('')

Change the background color of the elements specified in this element.

altOnChange (true)

If true, the altField element(s) are updated on every change, otherwise only upon closing.

altProperties (background-color)

Comma-separated list of CSS properties to set color of in the altField. The following properties are allowed, all others are ignored.

  • background-color
  • border-color
  • color
  • fill
  • outline-color
  • stroke

autoOpen (false)

If true, the dialog opens automatically upon page load.

buttonClass (null)

If this option is set to a string, the button will be assigned the class specified.

buttonColorize (false)

If a buttonImage is specified, change the background color of the image when the color is changed.

buttonImage ('images/ui-colorpicker.png')

Same as jQueryUI DatePicker.

buttonImageOnly (false)

Same as jQueryUI DatePicker.

buttonText (null)

Same as jQueryUI DatePicker. If null, use language default.

closeOnEscape (true)

Close the window when pressing the Escape key on the keyboard.

closeOnOutside (true)

Close the window when clicking outside the colorpicker display.

color ('#00FF00')

Initial color. Formats recognized are:

  • #rrggbb
  • rrggbb (same as previous, but without the #)
  • rgb(rrr,ggg,bbb)
  • rgba(rrr,ggg,bbb,a.a)
  • rgb(rrr%,ggg%,bbb%)
  • rgba(rrr%,ggg%,bbb%,aaa%)
  • w3c-defined color name

colorFormat ('HEX')

Specifies the format of the color string returned in callbacks. You can either specify one of the predefined formats:

  • #HEX #112233 (#RRGGBB)
  • #HEX3 #123 (#RGB) if possible, otherwise false.
  • HEX 112233 (RRGGBB)
  • HEX3 123 (RGB) if possible, otherwise false.
  • #HEXA #11223344 (#RRGGBBAA)
  • #HEXA4 #1234 (#RGBA) if possible, otherwise false.
  • HEXA 11223344 (RRGGBBAA)
  • HEXA4 1234 (RGBA) if possible, otherwise false.
  • RGB rgb(123,45,67) if opaque, otherwise false.
  • RGBA rgba(123,45,67,0.123%)
  • RGB% rgb(12%,34%,56%) if opaque, otherwise false.
  • RGBA% rgba(12%,34%,56%,0.123%)
  • HSL hsl(123,45,67) if opaque, otherwise false.
  • HSLA hsla(123,45,67,0.123%)
  • HSL% hsl(12%,34%,56%) if opaque, otherwise false.
  • HSLA% hsla(12%,34%,56%,0.123%)
  • NAME Closest color name
  • EXACT Exact name if possible, otherwise false.

or specify your own format... Each color channel is specified as a pair of two characters. The first character determines the color channel:

  • a Alpha
  • r, g, b RGB color space; red, green and blue
  • h, s, v HSV color space; hue, saturation and value
  • c, m, y, k CMYK color space; cyan, magenta, yellow and black
  • L, A, B LAB color space; Luminosity, *A and *B.

The second character specifies the data type:

  • x Two-digit hexadecimal notation.
  • d Decimal (0-255) notation.
  • f Floating point (0-1) notation, not rounded.
  • p Percentage (0-100) notation, not rounded.

If you prefix a valid pair with a backslash, it won't be replaced. All patterns are case sensitive. For example, to create the common hex color format, use "#rxgxbx". For an rgba() format, use "rgba(rd,gd,bd,af)"

You can also specify an array of formats where the first non-FALSE one is returned. Note that the only formats able to return FALSE are the predefined formats HEX3 and EXACT. For example, this array will output HEX3 format if possible or HEX format otherwise:

  • ['HEX3', 'HEX']

draggable (true)

Make the dialog draggable if the header is visible and the dialog is not inline.

containment (null)

If the dialog is draggable, constrains dragging to within the bounds of the specified element or region. Same as jQueryUI Draggable.

duration ('fast')

Same as jQueryUI DatePicker.

hideOn ('button')

Specifies what user events will hide the colorpicker if not inline. Specify multiple events by separating with space.

  • focus When the element goes out of focus (either tab or click)
  • click When the element is clicked (for non-inputs)
  • alt When clicking on an element specified with as altField
  • button When clicking on the button created if this event is specified.
  • all selects all possible triggers
  • both same as all (deprecated, kept backwards compatibility)

hsv (true)

Whether or not to show the inputs for HSV.

inline (true)

If set to false, attaching to a non-input will still make the dialog a popup instead of inline. Make sure you handle events to catch the color change, otherwise you can't use the color.

inlineFrame (true)

If enabled, shows a border and background when inline. Disabling may allow closer integration.

layout ({ ... })

Set the position of elements in a table layout. You could create any layout possible with HTML tables by specifying cell position and size of each part.

The layout option takes a map (object) with each property name matching one of the available parts (including any possible custom or plugin parts). The value is a an array with four coordinates on order [left,top,width, height].

The coordinates correspond to cells in a table, so if you want to have a part at top-left and spanning two rows and three columns, the value would be [0, 0, 3, 2].

Care should be taken to ensure no parts overlap (best to just draw out a grid on paper first). Behavior is undefined if parts overlap. You need not cover the entire rectangular area; any empty cells will be simply remain empty.

The default layout is as follows:

    map:        [0, 0, 1, 5],
    bar:        [1, 0, 1, 5],
    preview:    [2, 0, 1, 1],
    hsv:        [2, 1, 1, 1],
    rgb:        [2, 2, 1, 1],
    alpha:      [2, 3, 1, 1],
    hex:        [2, 4, 1, 1],
    lab:        [3, 1, 1, 1],
    cmyk:       [3, 2, 1, 2],
    swatches:   [4, 0, 1, 5]

limit ('')

Limit the selectable colors to any of the predefined limits:

  • '' No limitations, allow 8bpp color for a palette of all 16 million colors.
  • websafe Set of 216 colors composed of 00, 33, 66, 99, cc and ff color channel values in #rrggbb.
  • nibble 4 bits per color, can be easily converted to #rgb format. The palette is limited to 4096 colors.
  • binary Allow only #00 or #ff as color channel values for primary colors only; only 8 colors are available with this limit.
  • name Limit to closest color name.

modal (false)

Ensures no other controls on screen can be used while the dialog is opened. Also look at showCancelButton and closeOnEscape to use in combination with the modal option. closeOnOutside is redundant when used with modal.

mode ('h')

Determines the functionality of the map and bar components. Allowed values are; 'h', 's', 'l', 'r', 'g', 'b' or 'a', for hue, saturation, luminosity, red, green, blue and alpha respectively.

okOnEnter (false)

Close the window when pressing the Enter key on the keyboard, keeping the selected color.


Use the part option to specify options specific to parts (including plugin parts). By default, the following part options are available:

parts ('')

Determine which parts to display. Use any of the preset names ('full', 'popup' or 'inline') or specify an array of part names (i.e. ['header', 'map', 'bar', 'hex', 'hsv', 'rgb', 'alpha', 'lab', 'cmyk', 'preview', 'swatches', 'footer']). If an empty string is given, the parts will be automatically chosen as preset 'popup' or 'inline' depending on the context in which the colorpicker is used.

position (null)

Specify the position of the dialog as a jQueryUI position object. See jQueryUI .position() API documentation for information on how to use. ColorPicker adds an additional option to the of option; the value 'element' will refer to the element to which the ColorPicker is attached, including if it is invisible). By default, the dialog will attached to the bottom-left of the element, flipping on collision.

regional ('')

Sets the language to use. Note that you must load the appropriate language file from the i18n directory. '' is included by default.

revert (false)

If enabled, closing the dialog through any means but the OK button will revert the color back to the previous state, as if pressing the Cancel button. The revert option changes the behavior of the [X] button in the header, the Escape keyboard button and clicking outside the dialog, when any of these features are enabled.

rgb (true)

Whether or not to show the inputs for RGB.

showAnim ('fadeIn')

Same as jQueryUI DatePicker.

showCancelButton (true)

Show the Cancel button if buttonpane is visible.

showCloseButton (true)

Show the Close button if the header is visible. If the dialog is inline, the close button is never shown.

showNoneButton (false)

Show the None/Revert button if buttonpane is visible.

showOn ('focus click alt')

Specifies what user events will show the colorpicker if not inline. Specify multiple events by separating with space.

  • focus When the element comes into focus (either tab or click)
  • click When the element is clicked (for non-inputs)
  • alt When clicking on an element specified with as altField
  • button When clicking on the button created if this event is specified.
  • all selects all possible triggers
  • both same as all (deprecated, kept backwards compatibility)

showOptions ({})

Same as jQueryUI DatePicker.

swatches (null)

'null' to show swatches of HTML colors or provide your own object with colornames and {r:1, g:1, b:1} array. For example { 'red': {r:1, g:0, b:0}, 'blue': {r:0, g:0, b:1} } Alternatively, load a predefined set of swatches and specify the name. For example, for the pantone set, specify 'pantone'.

swatchesWidth (84)

Width of the swatches display in pixels.

title (null)

Title to display in the header. If null, use language default.


cancel (event, {formatted: ..., colorPicker: ...})

Triggered when the dialog is closed through the cancel button.

close (event, {formatted: ..., colorPicker: ...})

Triggered when the popup is closed.

Callbacks receive same data as select event and an additional number of fields containing the current color in all supported color spaces. These are rgb{}, hsv{}, cmyk{}, lab{, hsl{} and a. Most values are floating point numbers in range [0,1] for accuracy. The a and b values in the lab color space have range [-1,1].

init (event, {formatted: ..., colorPicker: ...})

Triggered on initially setting the color. Called only once. Callbacks receive same data as select event.

ok (event, {formatted: ..., colorPicker: ...})

Triggered when the dialog is closed through the cancel button.

open (event, {formatted: ..., colorPicker: ...})

Triggered whenever the dialog is opened.

select (event, {formatted: ..., colorPicker: ...})

Triggered on each change, confirmation (click on OK button) and cancellation (click on Cancel, outside window or window close button) respectively.

The event receives a jQuery event object, a data object containing the elements 'formatted' (with the color formatted according to formatColor) and the Colorpicker element that triggered the event.

Note that select may be triggered in rapid succession when dragging the mouse across the map or bar and may be triggered without a change in color upon specific user interactions.

stop(event, {formatted: ..., colorPicker: ...})

Triggered when the user stops changing a control. This only affects the map and bar parts. Where the select event will trigger on each mouse move, the stop event will only trigger when the mouse button is released. For other controls, stop and select are both triggered.

The callback is otherwise identical to select. When both are triggered, select is triggered before stop.



Open the dialog


Close the dialog


Destroy the widget


Set the current color to the specified color. Accepts any CSS-confirming color specification.


Colorpicker is extensible with several types of plugins. A number of plugins is provided for use. The plugins are constructed such that you only need to load the javascript file after the Colorpicker plugin itself is loaded.


Limits let you limit the possible colors, as used by the 'limit' option.

No plugins included.


Parser take a textual representation of a color and return a Color object. If no match is found, nothing is returned and the next parser is tried. Parsers are tried in order of appearance.

Included plugins:

  • cmyk-parser Parses a cmyk(c, y, m, k) format, similar to rgba.
  • cmyk-percentage-parser Parses a cmyk(c%, y%, m%, k%) format with percentages.


You can add additional visual parts, usually controls, that interact with the rest of Colorpicker framework.

Included plugins:

  • memory Cookie-based memory nodes.
  • rgbsliders Set of three red/green/blue sliders with dynamically adjusted gradients.
  • swatchesswitcher Switch through all available sets of swatches.


Partslists are a convenient way to select multiple parts at once without having to specify each one individually.

No plugins included.


Regional (in the i18n directory) plugins contain localized texts (a.k.a. translations). A number of languages is provided.

Included regionals:

  • de German (Deutsch).
  • el Greece.
  • en English (default).
  • fr French.
  • nl Dutch.
  • pt-br Brazilian Portuguese.
  • ru Russian.


Swatches are collections of predefined and named colors. By default the standard html colors are loaded. Setting swatches using the option method will switch the displayed swatches.

Included plugins:

  • crayola Crayola pencil color names
  • pantone Pantone color codes
  • ral-classic Classic RAL paint numbers
  • x11 X11 color palette (using "gray", not "grey").


Writers take a Color object and output a textual representation of the color. Writers are used for the colorFormat option.

No plugins included.


Colorpicker uses a Color object internally to represent a color and convert between the supported color models. You can create a new Color object through $.colorpicker.Color.

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