How can I get a HEX code entry into the Color Chooser for Mavericks?


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You can get the Hex Color Picker:


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  • I have updated my answer to include a custom picker
    – markhunte
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 0:12
  • This is a plugin for the standard color picker. Unfortunately, it does not work for me. For some reason the hex picker returns wrong hex values. E.g. a full red image (#ff000000) created in photoshop, is evaluated as #f70016. See a screenshot here: o7.no/1mQpv4Z
    – Kurt UXD
    Commented May 13, 2014 at 5:35
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    Those differences are due to your display color profile. Nothing to do with the app. The photoshop color is just converted through your display colorprofile into a value that is shown on the screen. If you pick it you get the converted color.
    – woens
    Commented Apr 29, 2018 at 10:46

Go to the Palette Tab.

Change the selection to 'Web Safe Colors'

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This will give you:

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Update :

I made a quick app so I could create a custom HEX picker palette using the colours found at http://www.w3schools.com's html_colornames

UPDATE: I found a list at : http://www.colourlovers.com ultimate-html-color-hex-code-list I Combined the two lists : The process I use automaticlly removes repeats. The Palette now holds about 1520 HEX Colors.

You can down load the .clr file here.

Place the file inside of you home Colors folder: ~/Library/Colors/

Some apps may need to be relaunched before their colour picker picks it up. The New Picker can be found in the Palettes drop down menu.

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If I get time I will also put on my blog the App. But I would need to change it a bit so it can be used to add any set of HEX codes. Or if any one knows where the is the ultimate HEX code list. I will try and convert that.

  • Can I type a HEX code into this? I couldn't figure out how to. Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 18:20
  • You can use the search field at the bottom
    – markhunte
    Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 19:44
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    The standard Web Safe Colours seemed to be fixed
    – markhunte
    Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 22:37
  • New Update : The list I created now holds 1520 Hex Colours
    – markhunte
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 17:40
  • Much better than the accepted answer, that app seems to be abandoned...
    – brasofilo
    Commented Oct 16, 2014 at 1:15

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