Joe Gilmore

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Tailwind Color Picker Tool

This article explains how you can convert Tailwinds default colors into a handy color picker tool.

Tailwind Color Picker Tool

Using TailwindCSS's colors and creating a color picker

So I'm now a big fan of TailwindCSS, I won't go into detail on why that is in this article, but lets just say I love it. I'm also a big fan of it's color schemes, and, as a developer, I find it's definitely a case of less is more.

Instead of having to choose from a standard pallette of all 16,777,217 Hexadecimal colors, it's actually quite nice to be limited to just 220 colors!

So in this article I'll explain how I used those colors to create a color picker tool for use in my 3dnames.co website

First off - get the colors from Tailwind source code

I'm assuming here that you are using a Tailwind CSS project, and that you are using NPM modules, if so open up node_modules/tailwindcss/colors.js and in here you'll find your current versions list of the colors as an object.

For me it looks like this:

var _default = {
    inherit: 'inherit',
    current: 'currentColor',
    transparent: 'transparent',
    black: '#000',
    white: '#fff',
    slate: {
        50: '#f8fafc',
        100: '#f1f5f9',
        200: '#e2e8f0',
        300: '#cbd5e1',
        400: '#94a3b8',
        500: '#64748b',
        600: '#475569',
        700: '#334155',
        800: '#1e293b',
        900: '#0f172a'
    },
    gray: {
        50: '#f9fafb',
        100: '#f3f4f6',
        200: '#e5e7eb',
        300: '#d1d5db',
        400: '#9ca3af',
        500: '#6b7280',
        600: '#4b5563',
        700: '#374151',
        800: '#1f2937',
        900: '#111827'
    },
    zinc: {
        50: '#fafafa',
        100: '#f4f4f5',
        200: '#e4e4e7',
        300: '#d4d4d8',
        400: '#a1a1aa',
        500: '#71717a',
        600: '#52525b',
        700: '#3f3f46',
        800: '#27272a',
        900: '#18181b'
    },
    neutral: {
        50: '#fafafa',
        100: '#f5f5f5',
        200: '#e5e5e5',
        300: '#d4d4d4',
        400: '#a3a3a3',
        500: '#737373',
        600: '#525252',
        700: '#404040',
        800: '#262626',
        900: '#171717'
    },
    stone: {
        50: '#fafaf9',
        100: '#f5f5f4',
        200: '#e7e5e4',
        300: '#d6d3d1',
        400: '#a8a29e',
        500: '#78716c',
        600: '#57534e',
        700: '#44403c',
        800: '#292524',
        900: '#1c1917'
    },
    red: {
        50: '#fef2f2',
        100: '#fee2e2',
        200: '#fecaca',
        300: '#fca5a5',
        400: '#f87171',
        500: '#ef4444',
        600: '#dc2626',
        700: '#b91c1c',
        800: '#991b1b',
        900: '#7f1d1d'
    },
    orange: {
        50: '#fff7ed',
        100: '#ffedd5',
        200: '#fed7aa',
        300: '#fdba74',
        400: '#fb923c',
        500: '#f97316',
        600: '#ea580c',
        700: '#c2410c',
        800: '#9a3412',
        900: '#7c2d12'
    },
    amber: {
        50: '#fffbeb',
        100: '#fef3c7',
        200: '#fde68a',
        300: '#fcd34d',
        400: '#fbbf24',
        500: '#f59e0b',
        600: '#d97706',
        700: '#b45309',
        800: '#92400e',
        900: '#78350f'
    },
    yellow: {
        50: '#fefce8',
        100: '#fef9c3',
        200: '#fef08a',
        300: '#fde047',
        400: '#facc15',
        500: '#eab308',
        600: '#ca8a04',
        700: '#a16207',
        800: '#854d0e',
        900: '#713f12'
    },
    lime: {
        50: '#f7fee7',
        100: '#ecfccb',
        200: '#d9f99d',
        300: '#bef264',
        400: '#a3e635',
        500: '#84cc16',
        600: '#65a30d',
        700: '#4d7c0f',
        800: '#3f6212',
        900: '#365314'
    },
    green: {
        50: '#f0fdf4',
        100: '#dcfce7',
        200: '#bbf7d0',
        300: '#86efac',
        400: '#4ade80',
        500: '#22c55e',
        600: '#16a34a',
        700: '#15803d',
        800: '#166534',
        900: '#14532d'
    },
    emerald: {
        50: '#ecfdf5',
        100: '#d1fae5',
        200: '#a7f3d0',
        300: '#6ee7b7',
        400: '#34d399',
        500: '#10b981',
        600: '#059669',
        700: '#047857',
        800: '#065f46',
        900: '#064e3b'
    },
    teal: {
        50: '#f0fdfa',
        100: '#ccfbf1',
        200: '#99f6e4',
        300: '#5eead4',
        400: '#2dd4bf',
        500: '#14b8a6',
        600: '#0d9488',
        700: '#0f766e',
        800: '#115e59',
        900: '#134e4a'
    },
    cyan: {
        50: '#ecfeff',
        100: '#cffafe',
        200: '#a5f3fc',
        300: '#67e8f9',
        400: '#22d3ee',
        500: '#06b6d4',
        600: '#0891b2',
        700: '#0e7490',
        800: '#155e75',
        900: '#164e63'
    },
    sky: {
        50: '#f0f9ff',
        100: '#e0f2fe',
        200: '#bae6fd',
        300: '#7dd3fc',
        400: '#38bdf8',
        500: '#0ea5e9',
        600: '#0284c7',
        700: '#0369a1',
        800: '#075985',
        900: '#0c4a6e'
    },
    blue: {
        50: '#eff6ff',
        100: '#dbeafe',
        200: '#bfdbfe',
        300: '#93c5fd',
        400: '#60a5fa',
        500: '#3b82f6',
        600: '#2563eb',
        700: '#1d4ed8',
        800: '#1e40af',
        900: '#1e3a8a'
    },
    indigo: {
        50: '#eef2ff',
        100: '#e0e7ff',
        200: '#c7d2fe',
        300: '#a5b4fc',
        400: '#818cf8',
        500: '#6366f1',
        600: '#4f46e5',
        700: '#4338ca',
        800: '#3730a3',
        900: '#312e81'
    },
    violet: {
        50: '#f5f3ff',
        100: '#ede9fe',
        200: '#ddd6fe',
        300: '#c4b5fd',
        400: '#a78bfa',
        500: '#8b5cf6',
        600: '#7c3aed',
        700: '#6d28d9',
        800: '#5b21b6',
        900: '#4c1d95'
    },
    purple: {
        50: '#faf5ff',
        100: '#f3e8ff',
        200: '#e9d5ff',
        300: '#d8b4fe',
        400: '#c084fc',
        500: '#a855f7',
        600: '#9333ea',
        700: '#7e22ce',
        800: '#6b21a8',
        900: '#581c87'
    },
    fuchsia: {
        50: '#fdf4ff',
        100: '#fae8ff',
        200: '#f5d0fe',
        300: '#f0abfc',
        400: '#e879f9',
        500: '#d946ef',
        600: '#c026d3',
        700: '#a21caf',
        800: '#86198f',
        900: '#701a75'
    },
    pink: {
        50: '#fdf2f8',
        100: '#fce7f3',
        200: '#fbcfe8',
        300: '#f9a8d4',
        400: '#f472b6',
        500: '#ec4899',
        600: '#db2777',
        700: '#be185d',
        800: '#9d174d',
        900: '#831843'
    },
    rose: {
        50: '#fff1f2',
        100: '#ffe4e6',
        200: '#fecdd3',
        300: '#fda4af',
        400: '#fb7185',
        500: '#f43f5e',
        600: '#e11d48',
        700: '#be123c',
        800: '#9f1239',
        900: '#881337'
    },
}

So using this object of colors we can build yourself a neat little color picker UI component, below is a simple React, Tailwind & TypeScript version I've written. You can simply replace the useState functionality with your own callbacks, and safely ignore or delete whats in the <h4></h4> Tags

If you want to ignore a set of colors from the list, simply update the ignoreList with the names of the tailwind color schemes you don't want to use. For example: const ignoreList = ["slate","orange","green"]

ColorPicker.tsx

/**
 * This is a simple React based color picker tool, it uses TailwindCSS's color object as it's source of colors.
 * Source of colors: node_modules/tailwindcss/colors.js
 * The <h4></h4> Feedback and useState functionality is for demo purposes only... you probably want to delete this and use your
 * own callback functionally instead. 
 * Joe Gilmore, www.joemore.com 21/06/2022
 */

import { useState } from "react";

export default function ColorPicker(){

    const [ pickedHex, setPickedHex ] = useState('');
    const [ pickedTW, setPickedTW ] = useState('');
    const setPickedHandler = (colorHex : string, colorTW : string) => {
        setPickedHex(colorHex);
        setPickedTW(colorTW);
    }
    
    return (
        <div>
            <h4 className="my-2">
                {pickedHex && pickedTW ? 
                    <>
                    You Picked: 
                    <span className="ml-3 px-2 py-0 border-md inline-block rounded" style={{backgroundColor : pickedHex}}>
                        {
                            parseInt(pickedTW.split('-')[1],10) < 500  
                            ? <span className="text-black">{pickedHex}</span>
                            : <span className="text-white">{pickedHex}</span>
                        }
                    </span>
                    <code className="ml-3 text-xs">bg-{pickedTW}</code>
                    </>
                :
                    <>
                    Pick a color:
                    </>
                }
            </h4>
           
        {
            Object.keys(colors).map((key, index) => {
               console.log(typeof colors[key])
                if( 
                    typeof colors[key] === 'object' && ignoreList && ignoreList.indexOf(key) === -1
                    || !ignoreList &&  typeof colors[key] === 'object'
                    ){
                    return <div 
                    key={key}
                    className="flex">
                        {
                            Object.keys(colors[key]).map( (key2 : any)  => {
                                                
                                const color = colors[key][key2]
                                return (
                                    <div key={key+'-'+key2} 
                                    className="w-8 h-4 cursor-pointer hover:opacity-70 hover:border-gray-500 hover:border-b-2" 
                                    style={{backgroundColor : color}}
                                    onClick={() => setPickedHandler(
                                        color,
                                        key+'-'+key2
                                    )}>
                                        
                                    </div>
                                )
                            })
                        }
                    </div>
                }
                
            })
        }
        </div>
    );

}


export interface IColorObj {
    [key: number | string]: string;
}
export interface IColors {
    [key: string]: string | IColorObj;
}

// Ignore any colors here:
const ignoreList = ["none"]

// Our list copied directly from `node_modules/tailwindcss/colors.js`
const colors : IColors = {
    inherit: 'inherit',
    current: 'currentColor',
    transparent: 'transparent',
    black: '#000',
    white: '#fff',
    slate: {
        50: '#f8fafc',
        100: '#f1f5f9',
        200: '#e2e8f0',
        300: '#cbd5e1',
        400: '#94a3b8',
        500: '#64748b',
        600: '#475569',
        700: '#334155',
        800: '#1e293b',
        900: '#0f172a'
    },
    gray: {
        50: '#f9fafb',
        100: '#f3f4f6',
        200: '#e5e7eb',
        300: '#d1d5db',
        400: '#9ca3af',
        500: '#6b7280',
        600: '#4b5563',
        700: '#374151',
        800: '#1f2937',
        900: '#111827'
    },
    zinc: {
        50: '#fafafa',
        100: '#f4f4f5',
        200: '#e4e4e7',
        300: '#d4d4d8',
        400: '#a1a1aa',
        500: '#71717a',
        600: '#52525b',
        700: '#3f3f46',
        800: '#27272a',
        900: '#18181b'
    },
    neutral: {
        50: '#fafafa',
        100: '#f5f5f5',
        200: '#e5e5e5',
        300: '#d4d4d4',
        400: '#a3a3a3',
        500: '#737373',
        600: '#525252',
        700: '#404040',
        800: '#262626',
        900: '#171717'
    },
    stone: {
        50: '#fafaf9',
        100: '#f5f5f4',
        200: '#e7e5e4',
        300: '#d6d3d1',
        400: '#a8a29e',
        500: '#78716c',
        600: '#57534e',
        700: '#44403c',
        800: '#292524',
        900: '#1c1917'
    },
    red: {
        50: '#fef2f2',
        100: '#fee2e2',
        200: '#fecaca',
        300: '#fca5a5',
        400: '#f87171',
        500: '#ef4444',
        600: '#dc2626',
        700: '#b91c1c',
        800: '#991b1b',
        900: '#7f1d1d'
    },
    orange: {
        50: '#fff7ed',
        100: '#ffedd5',
        200: '#fed7aa',
        300: '#fdba74',
        400: '#fb923c',
        500: '#f97316',
        600: '#ea580c',
        700: '#c2410c',
        800: '#9a3412',
        900: '#7c2d12'
    },
    amber: {
        50: '#fffbeb',
        100: '#fef3c7',
        200: '#fde68a',
        300: '#fcd34d',
        400: '#fbbf24',
        500: '#f59e0b',
        600: '#d97706',
        700: '#b45309',
        800: '#92400e',
        900: '#78350f'
    },
    yellow: {
        50: '#fefce8',
        100: '#fef9c3',
        200: '#fef08a',
        300: '#fde047',
        400: '#facc15',
        500: '#eab308',
        600: '#ca8a04',
        700: '#a16207',
        800: '#854d0e',
        900: '#713f12'
    },
    lime: {
        50: '#f7fee7',
        100: '#ecfccb',
        200: '#d9f99d',
        300: '#bef264',
        400: '#a3e635',
        500: '#84cc16',
        600: '#65a30d',
        700: '#4d7c0f',
        800: '#3f6212',
        900: '#365314'
    },
    green: {
        50: '#f0fdf4',
        100: '#dcfce7',
        200: '#bbf7d0',
        300: '#86efac',
        400: '#4ade80',
        500: '#22c55e',
        600: '#16a34a',
        700: '#15803d',
        800: '#166534',
        900: '#14532d'
    },
    emerald: {
        50: '#ecfdf5',
        100: '#d1fae5',
        200: '#a7f3d0',
        300: '#6ee7b7',
        400: '#34d399',
        500: '#10b981',
        600: '#059669',
        700: '#047857',
        800: '#065f46',
        900: '#064e3b'
    },
    teal: {
        50: '#f0fdfa',
        100: '#ccfbf1',
        200: '#99f6e4',
        300: '#5eead4',
        400: '#2dd4bf',
        500: '#14b8a6',
        600: '#0d9488',
        700: '#0f766e',
        800: '#115e59',
        900: '#134e4a'
    },
    cyan: {
        50: '#ecfeff',
        100: '#cffafe',
        200: '#a5f3fc',
        300: '#67e8f9',
        400: '#22d3ee',
        500: '#06b6d4',
        600: '#0891b2',
        700: '#0e7490',
        800: '#155e75',
        900: '#164e63'
    },
    sky: {
        50: '#f0f9ff',
        100: '#e0f2fe',
        200: '#bae6fd',
        300: '#7dd3fc',
        400: '#38bdf8',
        500: '#0ea5e9',
        600: '#0284c7',
        700: '#0369a1',
        800: '#075985',
        900: '#0c4a6e'
    },
    blue: {
        50: '#eff6ff',
        100: '#dbeafe',
        200: '#bfdbfe',
        300: '#93c5fd',
        400: '#60a5fa',
        500: '#3b82f6',
        600: '#2563eb',
        700: '#1d4ed8',
        800: '#1e40af',
        900: '#1e3a8a'
    },
    indigo: {
        50: '#eef2ff',
        100: '#e0e7ff',
        200: '#c7d2fe',
        300: '#a5b4fc',
        400: '#818cf8',
        500: '#6366f1',
        600: '#4f46e5',
        700: '#4338ca',
        800: '#3730a3',
        900: '#312e81'
    },
    violet: {
        50: '#f5f3ff',
        100: '#ede9fe',
        200: '#ddd6fe',
        300: '#c4b5fd',
        400: '#a78bfa',
        500: '#8b5cf6',
        600: '#7c3aed',
        700: '#6d28d9',
        800: '#5b21b6',
        900: '#4c1d95'
    },
    purple: {
        50: '#faf5ff',
        100: '#f3e8ff',
        200: '#e9d5ff',
        300: '#d8b4fe',
        400: '#c084fc',
        500: '#a855f7',
        600: '#9333ea',
        700: '#7e22ce',
        800: '#6b21a8',
        900: '#581c87'
    },
    fuchsia: {
        50: '#fdf4ff',
        100: '#fae8ff',
        200: '#f5d0fe',
        300: '#f0abfc',
        400: '#e879f9',
        500: '#d946ef',
        600: '#c026d3',
        700: '#a21caf',
        800: '#86198f',
        900: '#701a75'
    },
    pink: {
        50: '#fdf2f8',
        100: '#fce7f3',
        200: '#fbcfe8',
        300: '#f9a8d4',
        400: '#f472b6',
        500: '#ec4899',
        600: '#db2777',
        700: '#be185d',
        800: '#9d174d',
        900: '#831843'
    },
    rose: {
        50: '#fff1f2',
        100: '#ffe4e6',
        200: '#fecdd3',
        300: '#fda4af',
        400: '#fb7185',
        500: '#f43f5e',
        600: '#e11d48',
        700: '#be123c',
        800: '#9f1239',
        900: '#881337'
    },
}