RE: [R] colors and palettes and things...

From: John Fox <>
Date: Tue 24 May 2005 - 04:28:28 EST

Dear Jeff,

Some time ago, Don McQueen posted to r-help a nice function for displaying the named colours. You'll find it at
<>. As well, if you're using R for Windows, the various named colours are defined in the file rgb.txt in R's etc directory.

I hope this helps,

John Fox
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada L8S 4M4

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Jeff D. Hamann
> Sent: Monday, May 23, 2005 10:35 AM
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> Subject: [R] colors and palettes and things...
> After trying to find if there was a color picker in the FAQs
> and the help, I thought I would send a post here. I was
> overwhelmed with all the wonderful color choices R has
> predefined (discovered after typing in
> colors()) but can't figure out what they all (by name) look
> like. Is there a color picker or some other method to display

> all those colors next to the name?
> I think I can put together palettes, but another question I
> have then regards the building of palettes (a list of
> variable length I can select or create myself other than the
> ones defined by Palette) so I can pass these colors into
> functions instead of having to predefine a bunch of colors
> myself or use the predefined colors like terrain.colors(n)?
> Are there groups of colors in the colors() that I can group
> together to make some nice palettes for drawing barplots, etc?
> Thanks,
> Jeff.
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