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Easily generate color gradients with an unlimited number of color stops and steps.

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$ npm install tinygradient



The gradient can be generated using RGB or HSV interpolation. HSV usually produces brighter colors.

Initialize gradient

The tinygradient constructor takes a list or an array of colors stops.

// using varargs
var gradient = tinygradient('red', 'green', 'blue');

// using array
var gradient = tinygradient([

The colors are parsed with TinyColor, multiple formats are accepted.

var gradient = tinygradient([
  tinycolor('#ff0000'),       // tinycolor object
  {r: 0, g: 255, b: 0},       // RGB object
  {h: 240, s: 1, v: 1, a: 1}, // HSVa object
  'rgb(120, 120, 0)',         // RGB CSS string
  'gold'                      // named color

You can also specify the position of each color stop (between 0 and 1). If no position is specified, stops are distributed equidistantly.

var gradient = tinygradient([
  {color: '#d8e0de', pos: 0},
  {color: '#255B53', pos: 0.8},
  {color: '#000000', pos: 1}

Generate gradient

Each method takes at least the number of desired steps.

The generated gradients might have one more step in certain conditions.

// RGB interpolation
var colorsRgb = gradient.rgb(9);


// HSV clockwise interpolation
var colorsHsv = gradient.hsv(9);


// HSV counter-clockwise interpolation
var colorsHsv = gradient.hsv(9, true);


There are also two methods which will automatically choose between clockwise and counter-clockwise.

// HSV interpolation using shortest arc between colors
var colorsHsv = gradient.hsv(9, 'short');

// HSV interpolation using longest arc between colors
var colorsHsv = gradient.hsv(9, 'long');

Each method returns an array of TinyColor objects, see available methods.

Get CSS gradient string

The css method will output a valid W3C string (without vendors prefix) to use with background-image CSS property.

// linear gradient to right (default)
var gradientStr = gradient.css();

// radial gradient ellipse at top left
var gradientStr = gradient.css('radial', 'farthest-corner ellipse at top left');

Get color at a specific position

Returns a single TinyColor object from a defined position in the gradient (from 0 to 1).

// with RGB interpolation
colorAt55Percent = gradient.rgbAt(0.55);

// with HSV interpolation
colorAt55Percent = gradient.hsvAt(0.55);

Reversing gradient

Returns a new instance of TinyGradient with reversed colors.

var reversedGradient = gradient.reverse();

Loop the gradient

Returns a new instance of TinyGradient with looped colors.

var loopedGradient = gradient.loop();

Position-only stops

I is possible to define stops with the pos property only and no color. This allows to define the position of the mid-point between the previous and the next stop.

var gradient = tinygradient([
  {color: 'black', pos: 0},
  {pos: 0.8}, // #808080 will be at 80% instead of 50%
  {color: 'white', pos: 1}


This library is available under the MIT license.



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