Web safe colours

Colours on the web

Web safe colours

Web safe colours are those which will display correctly on 8 bit (256 colour - or color if you are American) VGA screens. Alternative displays are High Colour (16 bit) and True Colour (24 bit) however not all computers are capable of displaying these but as time goes on the only 256 colour capable machines are reducing in number as people upgrade. It is estimated (Dec 2003) that only about 5% of systems are 8 bit only.

The colours are specified numerically as Red, Green and Blue, in Decimal and Hex. These are expressed in hex between 00 and FF and decimal between 0 and 255. There are 216 (6 X 6 X 6) web safe colours. These are expressed as 0%, 20%, 40%, 60%, 80% and 100% of the 255 and equate to decimal (hex): 0 (00), 51 (33), 102 (66), 153 (99), 204 (CC), and 255 (FF). Any specification of colours outside these on an 8 bit system will result in the selection of the nearest web safe colour which may not be too much like what you would want to see. The web safe colours are listed as follows:

FFFFFF
255,255,255
FFFFCC
255,255,204
FFFF99
255,255,153
FFFF66
255,255,102
FFFF33
255,255,51
FFFF00
255,255,0
FFCCFF
255,204,255
FFCCCC
255,204,204
FFCC99
255,204,153
FFCC66
255,204,102
FFCC33
255,204,51
FFCC00
255,204,0
FF99FF
255,153,255
FF99CC
255,153,204
FF9999
255,153,153
FF9966
255,153,102
FF9933
255,153,51
FF9900
255,153,0
FF66FF
255,102,255
FF66CC
255,102,204
FF6699
255,102,153
FF6666
255,102,102
FF6633
255,102,51
FF6600
255,102,0
FF33FF
255,51,255
FF33CC
255,51,204
FF3399
255,51,153
FF3366
255,51,102
FF3333
255,51,51
FF3300
255,51,0
FF00FF
255,0,255
FF00CC
255,0,204
FF0099
255,0,153
FF0066
255,0,102
FF0033
255,0,51
FF0000
255,0,0
CCFFFF
204,255,255
CCFFCC
204,255,204
CCFF99
204,255,153
CCFF66
204,255,102
CCFF33
204,255,51
CCFF00
204,255,0
CCCCFF
204,204,255
CCCCCC
204,204,204
CCCC99
204,204,153
CCCC66
204,204,102
CCCC33
204,204,51
CCCC00
204,204,0
CC99FF
204,153,255
CC99CC
204,153,204
CC9999
204,153,153
CC9966
204,153,102
CC9933
204,153,51
CC9900
204,153,0
CC66FF
204,102,255
CC66CC
204,102,204
CC6699
204,102,153
CC6666
204,102,102
CC6633
204,102,51
CC6600
204,102,0
CC33FF
204,51,255
CC33CC
204,51,204
CC3399
204,51,153
CC3366
204,51,102
CC3333
204,51,51
CC3300
204,51,0
CC00FF
204,0,255
CC00CC
204,0,204
CC0099
204,0,153
CC0066
204,0,102
CC0033
204,0,51
CC0000
204,0,0
99FFFF
153,255,255
99FFCC
153,255,204
99FF99
153,255,153
99FF66
153,255,102
99FF33
153,255,51
99FF00
153,255,0
99CCFF
153,204,255
99CCCC
153,204,204
99CC99
153,204,153
99CC66
153,204,102
99CC33
153,204,51
99CC00
153,204,0
9999FF
153,153,255
9999CC
153,153,204
999999
153,153,153
999966
153,153,102
999933
153,153,51
999900
153,153,0
9966FF
153,102,255
9966CC
153,102,204
996699
153,102,153
996666
153,102,102
996633
153,102,51
996600
153,102,0
9933FF
153,51,255
9933CC
153,51,204
993399
153,51,153
993366
153,51,102
993333
153,51,51
993300
153,51,0
9900FF
153,0,255
9900CC
153,0,204
990099
153,0,153
990066
153,0,102
990033
153,0,51
990000
153,0,0
66FFFF
102,255,255
66FFCC
102,255,204
66FF99
102,255,153
66FF66
102,255,102
66FF33
102,255,51
66FF00
102,255,0
66CCFF
102,204,255
66CCCC
102,204,204
66CC99
102,204,153
66CC66
102,204,102
66CC33
102,204,51
66CC00
102,204,0
6699FF
102,153,255
6699CC
102,153,204
669999
102,153,153
669966
102,153,102
669933
102,153,51
669900
102,153,0
6666FF
102,102,255
6666CC
102,102,204
666699
102,102,153
666666
102,102,102
666633
102,102,51
666600
102,102,0
6633FF
102,51,255
6633CC
102,51,204
663399
102,51,153
663366
102,51,102
663333
102,51,51
663300
102,51,0
6600FF
102,0,255
6600CC
102,0,204
660099
102,0,153
660066
102,0,102
660033
102,0,51
660000
102,0,0
33FFFF
51,255,255
33FFCC
51,255,204
33FF99
51,255,153
33FF66
51,255,102
33FF33
51,255,51
33FF00
51,255,0
33CCFF
51,204,255
33CCCC
51,204,204
33CC99
51,204,153
33CC66
51,204,102
33CC33
51,204,51
33CC00
51,204,0
3399FF
51,153,255
3399CC
51,153,204
339999
51,153,153
339966
51,153,102
339933
51,153,51
339900
51,153,0
3366FF
51,102,255
3366CC
51,102,204
336699
51,102,153
336666
51,102,102
336633
51,102,51
336600
51,102,0
3333FF
51,51,255
3333CC
51,51,204
333399
51,51,153
333366
51,51,102
333333
51,51,51
333300
51,51,0
3300FF
51,0,255
3300CC
51,0,204
330099
51,0,153
330066
51,0,102
330033
51,0,51
330000
51,0,0
00FFFF
0,255,255
00FFCC
0,255,204
00FF99
0,255,153
00FF66
0,255,102
00FF33
0,255,51
00FF00
0,255,0
00CCFF
0,204,255
00CCCC
0,204,204
00CC99
0,204,153
00CC66
0,204,102
00CC33
0,204,51
00CC00
0,204,0
0099FF
0,153,255
0099CC
0,153,204
009999
0,153,153
009966
0,153,102
009933
0,153,51
009900
0,153,0
0066FF
0,102,255
0066CC
0,102,204
006699
0,102,153
006666
0,102,102
006633
0,102,51
006600
0,102,0
0033FF
0,51,255
0033CC
0,51,204
003399
0,51,153
003366
0,51,102
003333
0,51,51
003300
0,51,0
0000FF
0,0,255
0000CC
0,0,204
000099
0,0,153
000066
0,0,102
000033
0,0,51
000000
0,0,0


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