Pixel Picker is like Digital Color Meter, but lives in your menu bar and lets you get the color of any pixel easily. Just hit your shortcut, up comes a magnifying glass, and away you go!
brew cask install pixel-picker
Simply download the dmg from the releases tab and drag "PixelPicker.app" into your
After you've installed Pixel Picker, it will live in your menu bar. You have many different ways of activating the picker:
Once you have the picker open, it should be quite straightforward! Move your mouse around the screen and click (or press space on the pixel you want. You can also hold down the control (⌃) key (this can be changed to another key) while the picker is open, and the picker will enter "Focus Mode". This will zoom the pixel preview even further, and will slow down the picker's movement to make it easier to pick that hard-to-get pixel!
ProTip: Remember, you can use the left or right arrow keys to cycle between color formats while the picker is open.
All of Pixel Picker's options are in its menubar dropdown. Simply click on the menu bar item, and you can configure the picker right there in your menu.
Pixel Picker provides some neat options:
#aabbcc, or Java RGB:
new Color(158, 198, 117), etc.
In some releases Pixel Picker might have some experimental overrides that can be toggled via the Terminal (
defaults write ..., etc). Look under the "Experimental Overrides" section at
Pixel Picker ->
About for more information.
Pixel Picker uses
carthage to manage its dependencies (you can install it with
brew). To build Pixel Picker on your machine:
# Clone the repository git clone [email protected]:acheronfail/pixel-picker && cd pixel-picker # Install dependencies with carthage carthage update --platform macos # Open the project open "Pixel Picker.xcodeproj"
Once you've opened the Xcode project, it should be enough to make your changes and then just hit the build/run button and go from there.
The process to create build artefacts for this app is extremely simple: