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    A handpicked list of 29230 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 – White

    Explore / Find Names | Name distribution in different models | Usage | CDN | Public Rest API | Usage JS | Name Sources | Latest Color Names | Sponsors

    About 📋

    The aim of this project is to create a list of color names as large as possible, while keeping 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 🌍

    Color Name Submission 💌

    via form 🌈 / or twitter 🐦

    Make sure to read the naming rules before you contribute!

    Color Count: 29230 🎉

    ~0.17% of the RGB color space

    Color distribution 🛰

    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 📖

    Node.js Installation 📦

    npm install color-name-list --save

    or yarn add color-name-list

    CDN 🌍

    All Names 📚

    JSON / JSON.min / CSV / YML / JS / XML / HTML / SCSS

    Best of Names subset 🏆

    JSON / JSON.min / CSV / YML / JS / XML / HTML / SCSS / CSS

    API 🃏{{hexvalue without the #}},{{more comma separated values}}

    or{{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

    curl,060606,ff0012,550055,123456 or curl,060606,ff0012,550055,123456

    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

    Search for colors by name{{query}}


    Returns an array of color objects which match the given query, sorted by color-name: curl

    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

    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 colorNameList 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 🔨

    npm install && npm run build

    See package.json for more.

    Sources 🗒

    Sources: Names 📇

    Sources: Color 🎨

    Contributors 🦑

    Costs & Sponsors




    Project Costs USD


    Item Expenditure
    Logo by Metafizzy 800


    Item Expenditure
    Color Name API Server 264.60/year domain name 36.16/year
    Cloudflare PRO Plan 240/year

    Color Namers

    Verena the naming overlord , Jess the name wizard , Syl , Stephanie Stutz , Simbiasamba , Jason Wilson , Inês João , Nick Niles , Qwhex , Ichatdelune , basgys , Shelina S. , Trevor Elia , cheesits456 , Sandhya Subram , BerylBucket , Jimmy Fitzback , TLZ , DarthTorus , Carrion , BlueChaos , nachtfunke

    Disclaimer 👮🏾‍

    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 🔖

    New colors


    npm i color-name-list

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