A React component which extracts colors from an image

Sep 08, 2018
A React component which extracts colors from an image


A React component which extracts colors from an image.

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react-color-extractor is a React component that extracts colors from an image.


This is one of the tools that I am using in creative coding. I was learning color theory and wanted a React based library to extract a collection of swatches from an image. The extracted colors then can be used to create interesting gradient patterns, loading designs with identical color scheme or crafting a symmetric color scheme across a system.

Use cases

  • Design systems

  • Creative coding

  • Creating advanced color tools


npm install react-color-extractor

or if you use yarn

yarn add react-color-extractor

This package also depends on React, so make sure you've it installed.


import React from 'react' import { ColorExtractor } from 'react-color-extractor' class App extends React.Component { state = { colors: [] } renderSwatches = () => { const { colors } = this.state return, id) => { return ( <div key={id} style={{ backgroundColor: color, width: 100, height: 100 }} /> ) }) } getColors = colors => this.setState(state => ({ colors: [...state.colors, ...colors] })) render() { return ( <div> <ColorExtractor getColors={this.getColors}> <img src="" style={{ width: 700, height: 500 }} /> </ColorExtractor> <div style={{ marginTop: 20, display: 'flex', justifyContent: 'center' }} > {this.renderSwatches()} </div> </div> ) } }

Checkout the demo on CodeSandbox

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Check out the examples folder.


react-color-extractor can be used in two different ways.

  • With image element as children
<ColorExtractor getColors={colors => console.log(colors)}> <img src="..." alt="..." style={{...}} /> </ColorExtractor>

Check out this example.

  • Passing a local or remote image, or a blob url via src prop
<ColorExtractor src="<local-or-remote-image-url-or-blob-url>" getColors={colors => console.log(colors)} />

Check out this example.

Using remote images

In development, make sure that you've configured proxy settings in your server config when you are using the remote images, otherwise you might run into CORS issue. You can also use this chrome extension to tackle CORS issue.


<ColorExtractor /> props


(colors: Array<Array<number> | string>) => void

getColors callback is invoked with an array of colors, either in hex or rgb format once the image is done processing. Use this callback to update the state with the colors array

<ColorExtractor getColors={colors => this.setState({ colors: colors })} />


type: boolean

When set to true, produces the color in rgb format. By default, colors produced are in hex format

<ColorExtractor rgb getColors={colors => console.log(colors)} />

This will log colors in rgb format


(error: Object) => void

onError callback is invoked if there is any issue with processing the image.

<ColorExtractor onError={error => this.setState({ hasError: true , msg: error })}>


type: string

src prop accepts a remote or local image url, or a blob url.

<ColorExtractor src="" getColors={colors => console.log(colors)} />


type: number

maxColors prop accepts a number for amount of colors in palette from which swatches will be generated.

<ColorExtractor src="..." getColors={colors => ...} maxColors={128} />


If you like to contribute to this project, then follow the below instructions to setup the project locally on your machine.

git clone<your_username_here>/react-color-extractor cd react-color-extractor yarn

Type checking

Run flow type checker using yarn flow

Building the source code

Run yarn build:component to build the source code.


  • [ ] Add quantizers