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I am partially red-green color blind and would like to use a color picker to tell me what color things on my screen are. I recognize that utilities exist, such as gpick, grabc, gcolor2 that provide me with RGB or hex values. However, what I really want is for it to tell me that the color that I am looking at is "Red" or "OrangeRed" or some other name that I can relate to. A windows utility that does this is "What Color." Is there a linux equivalent or workaround? Like maybe I could pipe the output of gpick through some program that translates the hex to some English name for the color? Thanks!

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Searching through the repository I found colorname that seems to do what you want.

sudo apt-get install colorname

Using the eyedropper select a color then click Execute at the bottom, and it attempts to find the closest match from several color databases (Gimp, Wikipedia, X11).

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In 2021, GPick can tell you which color name is closest to the picked color.
In addition, this program has extensive functionality for building a color scheme, choosing a palette for a site, mixing colors, etc. GPick can tell the color name

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  • Gpick (0.2.6rc1) on Ubuntu 20.04.3 does not provide me color names. Should I add a color dictionary (Edit > Color Dictionaries...)?
    – TVG
    Sep 6, 2021 at 7:18
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If you are looking for a command-line tool that does exactly that: Cict

Example:

$ ./cict 000081
1   #000080 navyblue

As you can see, you simple pass a 24-bit hex-value to cict and it reports the distance to the color found (1 in this case), the value of the actual color (#000080) and the name (navyblue).

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If your able to use gpick and color name is not generated download this https://github.com/kallaballa/Cict/blob/master/colordict.txt

Import it Edit >> Color Dictionaries..

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