Color picker galore!

A color picker allows the users to preview the color and select it by clicking on it. It is useful when you want to provide some customization for the user (for eg: select a background color, letter color etc). But I think is a very useful piece of code in the admin side of a CMS site (Select font color, theme color or anything that you can imagine). There are simple scripts which generates a simple web safe color palette to advanced ones which generates a color palette like Adobe Photoshop.

Here are some cool color picker scripts that can be used. Some of them are written using plain javascript – means you don’t need any javascript library like jQuery, Mootools. And some of them are written specifically for jQuery, Mootools or Prototype (Here the advantage is a smaller footprint. If you’re already using a javascript library like jQuery or Mootools, use the one particularly written for that library). There are more than 10 scripts to choose from.

Plain Javascript scripts for Color picker

There were lot of scripts using plain javascript. Some are larger in size and some uses a popup window interface which is not Web 2.0 standard (It will be considered as an advertisement popup and will be blocked by most of the browsers). I selected three of them which are smaller in size and has the DHTML style popup or inine popup.

Use any of the following if you are not using a javascript library like jQuery or Mootools.

DHTML color picker from Free-color-picker.com

It can handle web safe colors and grays. Triggering can be customized in many ways. Files can be downloaded separately according to your needs. It also supports popup window. It is a small script – just around 8KB. But if you wan to show more colors, you can’t use it. Also, the license states that it should not be modified and the link to the site should not be altered.

DEPENDENCIESNone
SIZE8KB
RESTRICTIONSLicense states that script should not be altered. Also, the link should not be removed.
DEMOOpen | Open in new window
INFO & DOWNLOADOpen

jsColor

jscolor is JavaScript component extending standard form controls of the smooth color pickerpickerize your text fields

It is a good and very easy to use script when you want to show more colors.

DEPENDENCIESNone
SIZE24KB
RESTRICTIONSNone (GPL)
DEMOOpen | Open in new window
INFO & DOWNLOADOpen

Color Jack

It is the smallest of them all – just 3.5KB. Also this site has two other pickers Color Picker v2 and Color Sphere
. Choose one that matches your required style.

DEPENDENCIESNone
SIZE4KB
RESTRICTIONSNone
DEMOColor Sphere | Color Sphere 
Color Picker 1.0 | Color Picker 1.0 
Color Picker V2.0 | Color Picker 2.0
INFO & DOWNLOADOpen

Others

Color Pickers for jQuery

jQuery is a wonderful javascript library and the number of available plugins are growing rapidly. If you’re already using jQuery, choose a color picker from here.

Farbtastic color picker plug-in

Farbtastic: jQuery color picker plug-in

Farbtastic is a jQuery plug-in that can add one or more color picker widgets into a page through JavaScript. Each widget is then linked to an existing element (e.g. a text field) and will update the element’s value when a color is selected.
Farbtastic uses layered transparent PNGs to render a saturation/luminance gradient inside of a hue circle. No Flash, no pixel sized divs.

DEPENDENCIESjQuery
SIZE9KB
RESTRICTIONSNone
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window

Color picker by eyecon.ro

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

  • Easy to use and looks good
  • Powerful controls for color selection
  • Easy to customize the look by changing some images
DEPENDENCIESjQuery
SIZE16KB
RESTRICTIONSNone
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window

Normal color picker by www.felecan.com

It is a lightweight color picker.

DEPENDENCIESjQuery
SIZELess than 5KB
RESTRICTIONSNone
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window

jQuery color picker by Syronex

It is a simple color picker which is useful when you want to show a defined set of colors and the user should select only from them (For eg: To select a theme color in web sites).

DEPENDENCIESjQuery
SIZELess than 4KB
RESTRICTIONSNone (GPL)
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window

Others

Color pickers for Mootools

Moo Rainbow

mooRainbow is a powerful Javascript color picker that allows you to visually choose and use colors as a real and useful application.

DEPENDENCIESMooTools
SIZE5KB
RESTRICTIONSNone (MIT License)
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window

Mootools color picker by Sweetvision.com

The Color Picker displays a Hue selection bar Saturation/Value selection box, Text fields for entering HSV and RGB fields. The dialog for the color picker is drag-able and there are many actions that you can attach function calls to in order to allow your application to respond to events in the Color Picker. The size of the Hue Bar and the SV Box can be set to any size using options. The elements of the Color Picker can be styled to match the design of your site.

It supports two types of interface – a popup layer type and an in-place color picker

DEPENDENCIESMooTools
SIZE12KB
RESTRICTIONSNone
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window

Color pickers for Prototype

Color picker by John Dyer

It is a photoshop like color plugin built on prototype library.

DEPENDENCIESPrototype
SIZE10KB
RESTRICTIONSNone
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window

Prototype color picker by Myles Eftos

It is a simple color picker which support web safe palette.

DEPENDENCIESPrototype
SIZE5KB
RESTRICTIONSNone
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window