I tried gpick, gcolor2, gcolor3, pick, pychrom and none of them seem to work with Wayland. I am running Arch Linux 64-bit with GNOME 3.22.1 through XWayland (default since 3.22.x). I don't want to change into an X session just to pick a colour.

Anyone had success with this?

  • None that I know of... afaik the dbus api that should allow apps to access those resources is not implemented yet. – don_crissti Oct 31 '16 at 12:50
  • Any update on this? – tanenbring Nov 16 '17 at 17:51
  • i also stuck on X11 with gcolor2. seems that gcolor3 is on the way but i dont expect it too fast – Thomas Fellinger Dec 5 '17 at 8:55
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    I don't think this is currently possible with wayland, because wayland applications don't have access to the surfaces of other apps. – Thayne Feb 10 '18 at 23:48

grim is a screenshot tool for Wayland that is able to do that:

grim -g "$(slurp -p)" -t ppm - | convert - -format '%[pixel:p{0,0}]' txt:-

After selecting a point on the screen with the mouse, it produces output like this:

# ImageMagick pixel enumeration: 1,1,65535,srgb
0,0: (40,85,119)  #285577  srgb(40,85,119)
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    Note that grim uses the wlr-screencopy protocol and slurp uses wlr-layer-shell. These should be supported by wlroots-based compositors, but probably not any others. – tobib Nov 26 '19 at 12:07
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    I've added the following line to my Sway config. It lets me select a pixel on the screen and puts its color as a hex value on the system clipboard: bindsym $mod+Shift+p exec grim -g "$(slurp -p)" -t ppm - | convert - -format '%[pixel:p{0,0}]' txt:- | tail -n 1 | cut -d ' ' -f 4 | wl-copy – Matthias Braun Apr 5 at 12:12
  • I get slurp: invalid option -- 'p'. The man page for slurp doesn't list p. – Erhannis Jun 4 at 20:13

No, security requires only a trusted app to be permitted access to the output of other apps.

"In GNOME, you can use Screenshot tool (available in overview or as Printscreen hotkey or as gnome-screenshot command) to capture a screenshot of the full desktop or a particular window."

Then use gimp/krita/etc to get the color off the image.


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  • KolourPaint serves that purpose too. Thank you! – Antonio Vinicius Menezes Medei May 14 '19 at 18:57
  • @AntonioViniciusMenezesMedei KolourPaint captures a black screenshot on my Debian 10 (Buster) running Wayland. I believe there has been some changes in the new Wayland version as I wasnt facing issues of black screen in Debian 9 (I was using a simple but cool app Picker previously, which is no longer working). – Sufian Aug 4 '19 at 14:56
  • Gnome can publish a color picker(trusted) like screenshot tool – shantanu Apr 23 at 8:14

There is azote wallpaper manager for wayland and it has a built in color picker https://github.com/nwg-piotr/azote

Also you can use:

grim -g "$(slurp -p)" -t ppm - | convert - -format '%[pixel:p{0,0}]' txt:-

or if you are using sway wm:

swaynag -t warning -m "$(grim -g "$(slurp -p)" -t ppm - | convert - -format '%[pixel:p{0,0}]' txt:-)"
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