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Palette Webpack Plugin

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Automatic Color Palette Generation
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Palette Webpack Plugin allows you to generate a JSON file during the build process containing your color palette from existing Sass maps and/or Tailwind.

While we hope someone may find this useful for other purposes, this plugin and it's output format were specifically built for handling WordPress' Gutenberg editor-color-palette theme support feature.


  • Built to take the headache out of maintaining the WordPress editor palette.
  • Merge, filter, and sort Sass color maps and your Tailwind theme colors with a configurable priority.
  • Uses computer vision algorithms to detect and deprioritize grayscale colors to the bottom of the list.
  • Gracefully loads Sass and/or Tailwind support as needed.

Getting Started

To begin, you'll need to install palette-webpack-plugin:

$ yarn add palette-webpack-plugin -D

Then add the plugin to your webpack config. Here is an example containing the default values:


const PalettePlugin = require('palette-webpack-plugin');

module.exports = {
  plugins: [
    new PalettePlugin({
      output: 'palette.json',
      blacklist: ['transparent', 'inherit'],
      priority: 'tailwind',
      pretty: false,
      tailwind: {
        config: './tailwind.config.js',
        shades: false,
        path: 'colors',
      sass: {
        path: 'resources/assets/styles/config',
        files: ['variables.scss'],
        variables: ['colors'],

If you are using Laravel Mix, you may use the Mix helper like so:


const mix = require('laravel-mix');

mix.palette({ ... });


The plugin's signature:


module.exports = {
  plugins: [new PalettePlugin(options)],




Name Type Default Description
output {String} 'palette.json' The filename and path relative to the public path.
blacklist {Array} ['transparent, 'inherit'] Globs to ignore colors.
priority {String} 'tailwind' Priority when merging non-unique colors while using both Tailwind and Sass.
pretty {Boolean} false Use pretty formatting when writing the JSON file.
tailwind {Object} { ... } Set Tailwind options. (See below)
tailwind.config {String} './tailwind.config.js' Path to the Tailwind configuration file relative to the project root path.
tailwind.shades {Object|Array|Boolean} false While set to true, every color shade (100-900) will be generated. When set to false, only 500 will be used. Optionally, you may define either an array of shades as strings ['50', '100', '500'] or an object containing shade labels {50: 'Lightest', 100: 'Lighter', 500: ''}.
tailwind.path {String} 'colors' Path to Tailwind config values for palette colors in dot notation. Uses Tailwind's color palette theme('colors') per default.
sass {Object} { ... } Set Sass options. (See below)
sass.path {String} 'resources/assets/styles/config' Path to Sass variable files relative to the project root path.
sass.files {Array} ['variables.scss'] An array of files to search for the defined Sass variables.
sass.variables {Array} ['colors'] An array of Sass variables (with or without $) to use for the color palette.


Vanilla WordPress

The general idea is to file_get_contents() and json_decode() the palette and pass it to add_theme_support('editor-color-palette', $palette).

Here is an example of doing that:

 * Register the initial theme setup.
 * @return void
add_action('after_setup_theme', function () {
     * Enable theme color palette support
     * @link
    add_theme_support('editor-color-palette', json_decode(file_get_contents('path/to/palette.json'), true));
}, 20);

Sage 10

When using Sage 10, you can take advantage of the asset() helper to fetch the palette. A good place for doing this would be in setup.php with the other add_theme_support() options.

 * Enable theme color palette support
 * @link
add_theme_support('editor-color-palette', json_decode(asset('palette.json')->contents(), true));

Output Example

$black: '#111';

$colors: (
  'red': '#f54242',
  'black': $black,
  'not-actually-black': '#42f596',
  'random-gray': '#858c89',
  'white': '#fff',
  'blue': '#4287f5',
  'orange': '#f5b342',

would be transformed to:

  { "name": "Blue", "slug": "blue", "color": "#4287f5" },
    "name": "Not Actually Black",
    "slug": "not-actually-black",
    "color": "#42f596"
  { "name": "Orange", "slug": "orange", "color": "#f5b342" },
  { "name": "Red", "slug": "red", "color": "#f54242" },
  { "name": "Black", "slug": "black", "color": "#111" },
  { "name": "Random Gray", "slug": "random-gray", "color": "#858c89" },
  { "name": "White", "slug": "white", "color": "#fff" }


Contributions are welcome from everyone. We have contributing guidelines to help you get started.


  • [ ] Add tests.
  • [ ] Split into components.
  • [ ] Convert to TypeScript?


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Palette Webpack Plugin is provided under the MIT License.

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