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A handpicked list of 18264 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

About 📋

The aim of this project is to create as large a list of color names as possible while maintining 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: 18264 🎉

~0.11% 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 📖

Installation Node.js 📦

npm install color-name-list --save

or yarn add color-name-list



API 🃏{{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

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

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 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 🔨

npm install && npm run build

See package.json for more.

Sources 🗒

Sources: Names 📇

Sources: Color 🎨

Contributors 🦑

  • meodai Initiator, maintainer, name creator &, tooling
  • Nirazul Name creator & tooling
  • Metafizzy Logo Sponsor 💖

Color Namers

Verena the naming overloard, Jess the name wizzard, Syl, Stephanie Stutz, Simbiasamba, Jason Wilson, Inês João, Nick Niles, Qwhex, Ichatdelune

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.

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