Color Picker - jQuery plugin


A simple component to select color in the same way you select color in Adobe Photoshop

Last update

23.05.2009 - Check Download tab


  • Flat mode - as element in page
  • Powerful controls for color selection
  • Easy to customize the look by changing some images
  • Fits into the viewport


Dual licensed under the MIT and GPL licenses.


Flat mode.

$('#colorpickerHolder').ColorPicker({flat: true});

Custom skin and using flat mode to display the color picker in a custom widget.

Attached to an text field and using callback functions to update the color with field's value and set the value back in the field by submiting the color.

$('#colorpickerField1, #colorpickerField2, #colorpickerField3').ColorPicker({
	onSubmit: function(hsb, hex, rgb, el) {
	onBeforeShow: function () {
.bind('keyup', function(){

Attached to DOMElement and using callbacks to live preview the color and adding animation.

	color: '#0000ff',
	onShow: function (colpkr) {
		return false;
	onHide: function (colpkr) {
		return false;
	onChange: function (hsb, hex, rgb) {
		$('#colorSelector div').css('backgroundColor', '#' + hex);

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Added: close on color selection example
Added: restore original color option
Changed: color update on key up event
Fixed: colorpicker hide and show methods
Fixed: reference to options. Multiple fields with colorpickers is possible now.
Fixed: RGB to HSB convertion
Fixed bug: where some events were not canceled right on Safari
Fixed bug: where teh view port was not detected right on Safari
Fixed bug where the letter 'F' could not be typed in the Hex field
Fixed bug where the changes on Hex field where not parsed
Added new option 'livePreview'
Fixed typo in the code, both JavaScript and CSS
Changed the cursor for some elements
Added new demo explaining how to implement custom skin
The first release.


Attach the Javascript and CSS files to your document. Edit CSS file and fix the paths to images and change colors to fit your site theme.

<link rel="stylesheet" media="screen" type="text/css" href="css/colorpicker.css" />
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/colorpicker.js"></script>

Invocation code

All you have to do is to select the elements in a jQuery way and call the plugin.



A hash of parameters. All parameters are optional.

eventName string The desired event to trigger the colorpicker. Default: 'click'
color string or hash The default color. String for hex color or hash for RGB and HSB ({r:255, r:0, b:0}) . Default: 'ff0000'
flat boolean Whatever if the color picker is appended to the element or triggered by an event. Default false
livePreview boolean Whatever if the color values are filled in the fields while changing values on selector or a field. If false it may improve speed. Default true
onShow function Callback function triggered when the color picker is shown
onBeforeShow function Callback function triggered before the color picker is shown
onHide function Callback function triggered when the color picker is hidden
onChange function Callback function triggered when the color is changed
onSubmit function Callback function triggered when the color it is chosen

Set color

If you want to set a new color.


The 'color' argument is the same format as the option color, string for hex color or hash for RGB and HSB ({r:255, r:0, b:0}).

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