How To Install Color Picker On Linux?

How To Install Color Picker On Linux

The color picker tool is a useful color editor for web designers and artists. It lets us play around with our favorite colors by easily saving them and reusing them later. In this guide, we will see how to install the color picker tool on our Linux PC.

Color Picker comes with a very basic interface with no overwhelming settings or menus. It provides a window that allows us to pick colors on the screen. It also has a history feature that remembers the last six colors that we selected, and an option where we can change the format of the color code.

Installing Color Picker

There are multiple ways through which we can install Color Picker on our Linux PC. We will discuss all these steps one by one.

  • Using default package manager
  • Installing from Software Installer
  • Installing via Flatpak
  • Finally, installing with Snap package manager

So let’s get started!

Method 1: Using default Package Manager

Firstly, launch a Terminal on our Linux system. To download and install Color Picker in our Debian based distribution, simply run the following command in the Terminal:

# Ubuntu / Debian / Mint
sudo apt install gcolor3
Installing Color Picker Using Apt
Installing Color Picker using apt

If you are using any RHEL based distribution, such as Fedora or CentOS, then you can run the following command:

sudo dnf install gcolor3

You can also install this package on Arch Linux based distributions by using the pacman command:

sudo pacman -S gcolor3

Method 2: Installing via graphical installer

Launch the Software application. Type Color Picker in search bar to find the application.

Searching For Color Picker 1
Searching for Color Picker

Click on Install button to download and install Color Picker.

Click On Install For Installation
Click on Install button for Installation

Method 3: Installing via Flatpak

If you don’t have installed flatpak on your Linux PC, follow this guide and install using the commands according to your OS. For Debian, follow below given command:

sudo apt install flatpak
sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub  
Installing Flatpak 1
Installing Flatpak

To complete setup, we may need to restart our system. After that, we can install Color Picker.

Now, Install Color Picker using flatpak:

flatpak install flathub nl.hjdskes.gcolor3
Installing Color Picker Using Flatpak
Installing Color Picker using flatpak

We can check all the installed flatpak application using below command:

flatpak list
List Of Installed Flatpak Applications 1
List of installed flatpak applications

Method 4: Installing Color Picker with Snap

Again, if you don’t have installed snap on your Linux PC, follow this guide and install using the commands according to your OS. For Debian, follow below given command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install core
Installing Snap
Installing Snap

Now, Install Color Picker using snap:

sudo snap install colorpie
Installing Color Picker Using Snap
Installing Color Picker using snap

Color Picker has installed using snap. We can check all the installed snap application using below command:

snap list
List Of Installed Snap Applications 1
List of installed snap applications

Now, we have successfully installed Color Picker application using all above-mentioned three methods. Now, we can just launch the application from the app grid/Menu. And use along with our productivity suite, and web development.

Interface Of Color Picker
Interface of Color Picker

Usage of Color Picker

  • We can select a color by changing values of RGB (Red, Green, Blue) and HSV (Hue, Saturation, Value) and save it for later use. Follow as indicated in image:
    • Change RGB and HSV value as per requirement
    • Set name for color
    • Click on Down Arrow button to save color
Selecting A Custom Color
Selecting A Custom Color

Click on Saved Colors button to see saved colors.

Saved Colors
Saved Colors
  • Eyedropper: Eyedropper feature allows selecting a color from the screen.
    • Click on dropper like icon button to activate dropper
    • Click on screen from where, we have to capture color
    • This color will be captured
    • Save it for later use
Eyedropper Feature
Eyedropper Feature

Copy Color Name value and paste it into where we can put colors by number in our desired application.

If in case, we are no longer interested in Color Picker. Then we can uninstall it.

Uninstalling Color Picker

Run the following command, depending upon the method you have chosen to install the application:

# Ubuntu / Debian / Mint
sudo apt remove gcolor3

# RHEL and Fedora
sudo dnf remove gcolor3

# Arch Linux
sudo pacman -Rns gcolor3

sudo flatpak remove nl.hjdskes.gcolor3   # Removing from flatpak

sudo snap remove colorpie         # Removing from snap


In this module, we discussed Color Picker, which is a color selection tool mostly used for web development and graphics, and how to install it on our Linux system. We installed Color Picker on our Linux in three different ways, one way by using default package manager, secondly via graphical installer and finally with snap and flatpak.

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