Authors: Marcus Reimann
Bill Keese
JJ Kress
Developers:Eugene Lazutkin, Adam Peller, Alex Russell

dojo._base.Color contains functions for setting Colors.

The Color object provides a unified way to store colors, which holds the color in rgba form. This simplifies dealing with the different ways to define colors as everyone can use the format they are most comfortable with. Color objects can be used directly as a value to the various color attributes.


As with the rest of dojo/_base modules, if you are running the Dojo loader in legacy mode (async: false) this module is automatically loaded. Even if it is automatically loaded, you should require it in to have access to its features:

require(["dojo/_base/Color"], function(Color){
  // Color contains functions


Creating with the Constructor

A new color object is either created by using the constructor or any of the utility functions. Next are some examples of using the constructor with different arguments:

require(["dojo/_base/Color"], function(Color){ // AMD allows us to use the color functions under the alias name

  // Creates an empty color object for later use
  var emptyColor = new Color();

  // Constructor accepts named colors
  var namedColor = new Color("purple");

  // Hex Strings work also
  var hexColor = new Color("#cdefa0");

  // One can also pass arrays containing 3 or 4 values
  var a3Color = new Color([123, 123, 234]);
  var a4Color = new Color([123, 123, 234, 0.6]);

  // Finally, objects with r,g,b and a values work as well
  var objColor = new Color({ r:23, g:45, b:67, a:0.7 });

Using the from Utility Functions

All these expressions result in the same value, a dojo/_base/Color object representing red with no transparency ( full opacity):

  Color.fromArray([255, 0, 0]);
  Color.fromArray([255, 0, 0, 1]);
  Color.fromRgb("rgb(255, 0, 0)");
  Color.fromRgb("rgba(255, 0, 0, 1)");
  // as mentioned above, you could also pass a hex string or an rgb(a) string

Blending Colors

dojo/_base/Color supports a blend function that can blend two Color instances together with a weighting, to produce a new color.

require(["dojo/_base/Color"], function(Color){
  Color.blendColors(start, end, weight, color);

Return a Specific Format

The Color object also provides some methods to return the color in a desired format: toRgb(), toRgba(), toHex(), toCss() and toString().

require(["dojo/_base/Color"], function(Color){
  // First create a color object, containing red
  var myColor = Color.colorFromString("red");

  // Now return the color with the object methods
  myColor.toRgb();  // returns the Array [255,0,0]
  myColor.toRgba(); // returns the Array [255,0,0,1]
  myColor.toHex(); // returns the String "#ff0000"
  myColor.toCss(false); // returns the String "rgb(255,0,0)"
  myColor.toCss(true); // returns the String "rgba(255,0,0,1)"
  myColor.toString(); // returns the String "rgba(255,0,0,1)"

Although the last two lines are equivalent, you should use the method that fits to the context to maintain readability.

Using the Color Object as a Value

The last example shows how one can use the Color object directly to change the properties of an element:

require(["dojo/_base/Color", "dojo/dom-style"], function(Color, style){
  var myColor = Color.fromString("red");
  style.set("someId", "backgroundColor", myColor);
  // This changes the background-color of the element "someId" to the color specified in myColor

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