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There are numerous web applications that let you upload an image and detect individual colors from them. But if you want to reuse a single color used in a design, then few applications will be more helpful than the competent Windows utility called ColorBug.

color picker tool for windows

ColorBug is a freeware utility for Windows computers that helps you pick out colors from any screen on your PC. The app comes as an MSI installer that is sized at nearly 0.5 MB. You can start by downloading this setup file and installing it. Alternatively you can download the application’s portable version that is sized at nearly 130 KB.

The app comes in English and German and it is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 – although the app showed a few crashes on Windows XP 32 bit. When you open the application you can select any region on your computer screen and have its colors detected by ColorBug. Clicking on a specific point on the detected region will reveal HEX codes, HSL codes, and RGB codes.


You can get more code options too using the application’s menus. These options include HTML, various HEX options, various RGB settings, Delphi, C++, and VisualStudio IDE. The application also comes with its very own gradient tool that can be used to conveniently create gradients. These created gradients can be exported to CSS and easily used online.



  • A user friendly desktop application.
  • Compatible with Windows computers.
  • Lets you detect colors appearing on your Windows screen.
  • Shows various usable codes for the detected colors.
  • Lets you generate gradients.
  • Gradients can be exported to CSS.
  • Related: SIP (Mac), RaphaelColorPicker, Color Scheme Designer.

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