Color Identifier uses the camera on your iPhone or iPod touch to speak the names of colors in real-time. It's an Augmented Reality app for discovering the names of the colors around you!

The color names are fun and specific: Paris Daisy, Lavender Rose, Moon Mist, and many more. The app also supports Simple Colors. Tap the color square at the top left corner to toggle between Simple Colors and Exotic Colors.

It can be a useful app for the blind and visually impaired, but I think it's fun for everyone.

It will also tell you the hex value of the color, so you can identify exactly what color the camera sees.

It's fast, easy, and fun! Try it today.

"Best App Ever" - JJ Sutherland, NPR

"How wonderful! This could also help me avoid arguments with my wife about what color something is. I have such a restricted color vocabulary." - Brumley Gap

* You can also switch to Simple Colors mode by using the Action button in the toolbar at the bottom.

Color Identifier will appear as "Color ID" on your home screen.

Color names are from Chirag Mehta, who used Wikipedia, Crayola, and Color-Name Dictionaries like Resene.

This is an updated version of Color Identifier that includes simple color names. It uses new APIs introduced in iOS 4.


This app originated from the Project:Possibility SS12:USC 2010 event.

What's New

Version 2.3

- Support 4-inches Retina display
- Localization in Spanish for simple color mode
- Known issue: there might be an issue with saving photo on iPad 3. Please let us know if you run into problems at

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5

125 Ratings

125 Ratings

Good, but could be even better


As a color blind person, this app has a lot of potential use for me. I tried another similar app, but this one is easier to use and provides more useful color descriptions.

I would mostly be using it in public locations, so being able to toggle the speech part (without turning my phone to silent) would be nice.

Also having it remember the settings I chose for the toggle options (such as the one to not automatically update every few seconds) would be another improvement.

almost perfect


This is really useful for collecting pallets of natural colors, especially ones that fire our fancy, for remodeling, or art/graphic projects. I'm not sure what the exotic naming convention is, but it must have been fun with 16 million possible.
I'd give it a 5, but if it's possible, it's not intuitively obvious how to use this on an existing image, and there is one bugaboo that when using the camera, I find a color I like, then try to capture it, but it captures an adjacent pixel which is sometimes not even close.

Dream come true


I though of this app. I said "I wish there was an app that did this, this and this". Here it is!

The color is very touchy and the only feature I can think of this app needing is a history of the last few colors because when I get into exotic colors there are so many it's often difficult to get that same lighting of the most accurate.


GreenGar Studios
22.6 MB
Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi‑Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).
English, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011-2012 Greengar Studios


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