Color Picker

UUID: color-picker@fmete
Last edited:
3 weeks ago 2024-05-19, 16:00
Last commit: [3130b69d] color-picker@fmete: Fix stuck state when mouse already held down (#6021)

Use the color picker to select a color on the screen. The color value (HEX or RGB) will be copied to the clipboard.



Click on the applet, then click on a pixel, its color will be automatically copied to the clipboard.

Required Packages:

sudo apt-get install xclip python3-xlib

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Sébastien Bouchard
Finally got fixed. Now, the color picker never gets stuck when trying to pick colors. Thanks to Siphalor for investigating and resolving this issue.
u2n-3 months ago
Switched to LMDE recently, never any trouble with Color Picker before this. Now it's very unstable (as others have noted) and so, unusable. Any word on debugging, please post. This is a valuable tool I'd like to have back.
D4rkKaizen-4 months ago
but combination ctrl+alt+P runs perfectly. however I hope this gets fixed in future soon
D4rkKaizen-4 months ago
sometimes it freezing any actions of windows on Mint 21.3 (and it had same issue on 21.2)
Barabbas-11 months ago
Don't work on Mint 21.1.
Kenan-Sabic-1 year ago
I have a bug on Mint 21.1 where color picker will after some use freeze some of my windows and the cursor will be stuck looking like the color picker cursor. Firefox and VsCode froze when using it so far. There is also the other issue that other users reported where the color picker will only work after clicking multiple times. I hope this gets fixed because the applet is otherwise very useful.
Sarinoty-1 year ago
Great but don't work on Mint 21.1 as Secret-chest said 9 months ago : "changes cursor but does not pick colors only after multiple clicks"
Secret-chest-2 years ago
A bit buggy (changes cursor but does not pick colors only after multiple clicks), however very useful.
richo-2 years ago
very good
theconfounded-2 years ago
Color Picker wanted to install additional software & I was in a hurry so I quickly typed in my password and my laptop fan then goes from not running to making a racket like something big is going on. Gimp froze up & just about the time I was going to force it to close it began working again. Color Picker never gave any indication that it had captured a color despite the checkbox being configured to indicate so, nor would anything paste into the color changer HTML box in Gimp. I removed the applet & uninstalled but there was no indication that it removed whatever else it had installed. Being clueless I had to search for the proper terminal commands to see and it appeared that xclip:amd64 was what was installed but also man-db:amd64 at the same time. I purged xclip but was afraid to do the same with man-db because it appears that man-db showed a prior installation as well. My custom Tux penguin cursor/pointer now shows a crossed out circle on his belly whenever I mouseover a panel which never happened before. This was more effort than my brain can handle so I'm just going to return to screenshot-pasting into Gimp to match colors.
theconfounded-2 years ago
Follow up: I rebooted and my cursors/ponters which were all giving crosses or or other symbols when over the panels or in overview are working normally now... including Tux.
Alexis Boni
Alexis Boni-2 years ago
This is porbably my most used applet. It's amazing. Thank you!
Minessota Klei
Minessota Klei-2 years ago
The applet is wonderful, very good indeed!
Emmanuel Bustos Torres
Nice applet. It should zoom in the area to be more precise though. Like deepin-picker for example.
muratsalikk-4 years ago
excellent applet
Das Jott
Das Jott-4 years ago
Running my screen on full resolution and HiDPI setting, I get weird color values. Mostly it's #000000 but there are some grayscales and even colors. But never the correct color...
someone1233-4 years ago
+1 for an option to copy the hex code without the "#" symbol !
Michael Scheper
Michael Scheper-5 years ago
Just installed it on Cinnamon 3.8.9 under Mint 19, with all three dependent packages installed. No matter what I click, it reports the colour as black (#000000). Ideas?
Das Jott
Das Jott-4 years ago
Are you running your screen in HiDPI? I was switching to HiDPI and am experience this exact issue since.
Naud van Dalen
Naud van Dalen-6 years ago
What kind of clipboard does this app use? I can't paste it in PhpStorm, but I can paste it anywhere else and copy it again in order to paste it into PhpStorm. I don't know much about the Linux clipboard system. Only that there's a normal clipboard and a middle mouse click clipboard that copies whatever you select.
Daniel Upshaw
Daniel Upshaw-5 years ago
I've run into this exact strange issue... Have to paste anywhere else, then copy again in order to paste into PHPStorm... The applet uses xsel, it seems... Some of these Google results may be related: But I've not found a solution yet... Did you ever find a solution?
NikoKrause-5 years ago
I have replaced xsel with xclip. This should fix the issue with PhpStorm.
Robert Orzanna
Robert Orzanna-6 years ago
Excellent applet! I would only make the icon a bit smaller to better fit its appearance into the panel.
Landy DeField
Landy DeField-6 years ago
For those using Cinnamon but not Mint or a .deb based OS Arch pacman -S python2-xlib python2-numpy Using Pip installer with python3.x as the default and python2.x installed $ sudo python2 -m pip install python-xlib $ sudo python2 -m pip install numpy
Landy DeField
Landy DeField-6 years ago
Hmm.. Arch $ sudo pacman -S python2-xlib python2-numpy
Peyu Yovev
Peyu Yovev-6 years ago
It's a very nice and useful applet. Working like a charm. I just have one suggestion: Please, add an option to copy hex code without "#" symbol.
w4r0-4 years ago
I second this.
Jokko Vitch
Jokko Vitch-6 years ago
Works fine on Mint 18.2 X64. Very handy tool :)
Marko-6 years ago
It's not working properly on Mint 18.2 (Cinnamon - 32bit). It don't save the clolor codes. Indeed, using CopyQ, after pick a color you cannot find the color code in history.
NikoKrause-6 years ago
I tried to improve it a bit. The description was missing a required package: »python-numpy« During color picking the cursor changes now to a crosshair and a notification with the selected color pops up.
Val Di Castello
Val Di Castello-6 years ago
Thank you for reply. Now it works fine. Yes, I guess I missed the python-numpy package at the very first install. Regards