Created: 2008-10-27 08:54
Updated: 2019-02-28 14:33
License: mit

Really Simple Color Picker

This is a very minimal, yet robust Color Picker based on jQuery.

For more details check the introductory blog post -


You can either clone this repo or download the latest build as a zip from here -

Color Picker requires jQuery 1.2.6 or higher. Make sure to load it before Color Picker (there's no other dependencies!). For default styles of the color picker load the CSS file that comes with the plugin.

  <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src=jquery.min.js"></script>
  <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="jquery.colorPicker.min.js"/></script>

  <link rel="stylesheet" href="colorPicker.css" type="text/css" />

Add a text field to take the color input.

  <div><label for="color1">Color 1</label> <input id="color1" type="text" name="color1" value="#333399" /></div>

Then call 'colorPicker' method on the text field when document loads.

  <script language="javascript">
    jQuery(document).ready(function($) {


There are several options you can set at the time of binding.

Selected color

Color Picker will use the value of the input field, which the picker is attached to as the selected color. If not, it will use the color passed with pickerDefault property.

  $('#color1').colorPicker({pickerDefault: "ffffff"});

Color Palette

Overrides the default color palette by passing an array of color values.

  $('#color1').colorPicker({colors: ["333333", "111111"]});


Enable transparency value as an option.

  $('#color1').colorPicker({transparency: true});

Color Change Callback

Registers a callback that can be used to notify the calling code of a color change.

  $('#color1').colorPicker( { onColorChange : function(id, newValue) { console.log("ID: " + id + " has been changed to " + newValue); } } );

If you want to set an option gloablly (to apply for all color pickers), use:

  $.fn.colorPicker.defaults.colors = ['151337', '111111']

Default text on picker field

You can set some text to show on the picker field. For example, you could show a user's initials.

  <input id="color4" type="text" name="color4" value="#FF0000" data-text="AG" />


Demo can be found at

Real-world Examples

Let us know how you are using Really Simple Color Picker...


Issues & Suggestions

Please report any bugs or feature requests here:

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