More than a color picker.

Meet ColorBot: a better way to work with colors on your Mac.

Designers and developers work with colors every day. They're essential. Yet, finding, organizing, and working with colors is still a mess. ColorBot aims to fix that.

Watch the screencast at to see how ColorBot improves your color workflows.

ColorBot is a color picker:

• View and inspect on-screen colors.
• Hit a hotkey to store the color under the mouse to the recent colors list, even when ColorBot isn't the active app.

ColorBot stores and organizes your colors:

• Organize colors into swatches, palettes, and groups.
• Drag and drop swatches between palettes and use the picker to build up your palettes.
• [NEW] Label colors to help you find the right color even quicker.
• [NEW] Tweak color values using component sliders to get your colors just right.
• Add colors to palettes via text in tons of formats, including one step import of colors in a .css files.
• Detach and pin palettes to your desktop as floating HUD windows for one click access to your colors.

ColorBot is a designer and coder's capable assistant:

• Click on a swatch to copy that color to your clipboard via one of ColorBot's built-in formatters, ready to paste into your CSS or code.
• [NEW] Import CSS files directly as ColorBot palettes.
• Build your own color formats using an easy-to-learn syntax.
• Do you think in hex, but work on a project that uses RGB? It's easy to create a format that displays hex, but copies RGB to the clipboard.

ColorBot is great for teams:

• Export your palettes and groups to share with teammates so everyone on the team is using the same colors on your projects.

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What's New

Version 2.1

• [NEW] Copy color in any format via contextual menus (right click)
• [NEW] |name| token for inserting user-provided color name into clipboard color formats, especially useful for CSS workflows (see for more details)
• [NEW] Mountain Lion Notification Center support
• [FIXED] More accurate color rendering in palette view in Mountain Lion
• [FIXED] Problem when deleting palettes in Snow Leopard

Ratings and Reviews

Color is inaccurate


Not a bad idea and it looks pretty nice…. However the colors that are imported into the program are not accurate. I tried importing them in every way the program offers and the RGB values of the original colors never matched the RGB values of the colors that got imported (nor did any of the other numerical values). Admittedly the colors are close enough that, at first glance to the naked eye, they appear OK. However, they are not exact and therefore for any real color sensitive use the program is useless. I emailed the developer about this problem through the webpage that comes up via the link in the Info section of this page several months ago and have received no reply so I'm hitting the delete button on this one and kissing my 5 bucks goodbye.


Thor (Hammer of God)

I actually wrote a review already and was seeing if by some act of a supreme being these was an update. I looks like someone had it removed. I'd give it less than one star if I could. Mouse-to-pixel calibration is dramatically incorrect, and changes on resolution. The warning messages are childish and irritating.

It does nothing of what was promised. Well, that's not entirely fair. If you get it just right, you can indeed identify a color. I've done it exactly once.

Oh, don't let the 4 star ratings fool you. There's only 1 rating that was 5 stars, and it is obviously one of the developers who wrote it. "Real" people don't write like that, and "real" reviewers don't have but a single review on record that happens to be 5 stars. Also the link to Support (you can try it yourself) goes to a different company that ignores you if you ask about ColorBot.

It's only $5, but I think developers selling aps that simply don't work should be held to business agreements. That's why I took the time to post.

Does everything I needed


Before I found this nifty little app I was using a browser based color picker which was good but only worked within the browser. This sweet little app picks up colors from anywhere on the screen. Love the pixel perfect selection tool too. The palette browser is sweet as well as I can easily save all sampled colors and reference them later. Capturing colors, saving palettes, importing colors: all top notch features that everyone will enjoy. Trust me, this is one of those little apps that once you start using it, you'll wonder how you lived without it for so long.


m Dimension Technology
1.3 MB
Developer Tools
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2013, m Dimension Technology, LLC


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