I have some old Mac files, of which I want to extract and display their icons. To do this, I will decode their icl8 resources. According to Inside Macintosh, icl8 resources do not include a color table--instead, they are drawn according to the system palette. The problem is, nobody seems to have ever extracted and made the palette available online. All I can find is a basic description on Wikipedia.

What are the color values of the Macintosh 256-color system palette?


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The Mac system color palettes are typically stored as "clut" resources in the ROM. There are palettes for 8-, 4-, 2- and 1-bit depths.

Belkadan Software has helpfully provided the 8-bit palette here: http://belkadan.com/blog/2018/01/Color-Palette-8/

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