Make gcolor2 working again on UM 18.04 LTS



It is known that nice color picker application gcolor2 (“Simple GTK2 color selector and picker”) was removed from repositories and does not exist in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

But we still can install it by manual downloading from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (xenial) repository:

cd ~/Downloads
sudo apt-get install ./gcolor2_0.4-2.1ubuntu1_amd64.deb

and use it as before:

Hope this helps :slight_smile:

Note: post was inspired by this question on AskUbuntu.


Or add the missing Opacity feature to MATE Color Selection (which is included).

BTW, if looking for a text editor, geany (in the Software Boutique), has a color picker built in.


There’s Gcolor 3. Not sure though if the download link would in Ubuntu MATE as this is a mint post.


I already know about gcolor3. We have discussed it on AskUbuntu as an alternative.

But we can install it directly from developer’s PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:evertiro/gcolor3
sudo apt update
sudo apt-get install gcolor3

and we will get

Note: it misses list of named colors (compare with gcolor2 above). I have reported bug 110 on gcolor3 GitLab about this. So it looks as stupid as all modern GNOME :slight_smile:


Neat. Gonna try it now. :wink: