Classic Color Meter is a enhanced color meter replacement with added functionality:

• Display modes
    • RGB percentage
    • RGB decimal
    • RGB hexadecimal
    • Hue/Saturation/Brightness (HSB)
    • Hue/Saturation/Lightness (HSL)
    • Y'PbPr and Y'CbCr (both ITU-R BT.601 and ITU-R 709)
    • CIE 1931, CIE 1976, CIE LAB, and Tristimulus values
• Commands
    • Lock cursor position / X axis / Y axis
    • Adjust magnification (1x/2x/4x/8x)
    • Adjust aperture size
    • Show/hide cursor coordinates
    • Update preview continuously
    • Hold Color (allows editing of color in RGB and HSB modes)
    • Save/Copy preview image
    • Copy Color as Text, Image, or as a NSColor/UIColor/HTML/CSS code snippet
    • Paste Text as color
• Preferences
    • Adjust aperture color
    • Assign actions for clicking/dragging the color swatch
    • Use lower-case letters for hex values
    • Include pound sign prefix for hex values
    • Show visual guides when locking cursor position
    • Show component sliders when in Hold Color mode
    • Assign global keyboard shortcuts
    • Move mouse cursor with arrow keys

Regarding ColorSync issues reported in a review:

All color meter utilities in OS X see the RGB values sent to the display. These RGB values are in the display's color space. You should use "Display as sRGB" (selected by default) to convert the RGB values into the standard color space.

No color meter utility can see the raw RGB values inside of an image file, as they will have undergone at least one color space conversion by the time they reach the display buffer. The only way to accurately sample the original raw values is to open the image in an editor and use that editor's native color picker or eyedropper tool (for example, the Adobe Color Picker in Photoshop).

For more information about color meters and color space conversion, select Help from the menu bar and then "Learn about Color Conversion" or visit

What's New

Version 1.8.3

• Fixes a visual issue with the main window's background gradient.

Customer Reviews

Must-have for videographers, photographers, web designers, and anyone working with color

Adrian Perez Rivera

I work a lot with RGB video archival and have relied heavily on the built-in Digital Color Meter for accuracy verification. Classic Color Meter takes that concept and supercharges it, giving you a bunch of extra features that significantly enhance the tool’s effectiveness. You can convert between multiple monitor profiles, view 16-bit RGB, hold a color and convert it to another space, float the window above everything else, see when a color conversion is happening, and a lot more. It even uses less CPU than Digital Color Meter. If you’re wondering if it’s worth using over the free built-in utility, the answer is a solid yes.

BEWARE: Values are post Color Profile (ColorSync)


Great functionality, great features. But the only issue I have is that the colors represented here are after the color profile has been applied. I don't know if this is just an impossibility to get it to be the actual color of the image or what, but I bought this program because I thought it would compensate for the monitor profile. It does not; it gives me the exact same colors as the native Lion Digital Color Meter utility.

Example: I have a two monitor setup. Each monitor has a different color profile. While working on a webpage, I set the background color of an element to be something simple, like #eeeeff. On one monitor, it reports the color as #ededff, and on the other #eeeefe. There are much more severe cases, that's just one example.

Fix this, and it gets five stars. For real.

Ricci > Apple


Although I'm against Apple profiting 9 cent per buy, I'm glad this is available for only 99 cents! Found that the Lion version doesn't allow you get HEX anymore, which is a downgrade. Not only that, but there is only one way to downgrade from Lion on new systems - and you have to have another Mac to do it.

This verison is almost like the original, which is great. The only thing I think is missing is the ability to keep the ColorPicker on top of all other windows, which I used that quite a bit as well (oh, and they took that out of Lion too).

Thank you for putting this out there and not charging $4.99 for it (like the others).


Ricci Adams
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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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