"Web Safe" Colors

"Web Safe" colors

When the World Wide Web was born, there were still a lot of 8-bit monitors in use which were limited to reproducing 216 colors. Because of that, web (and game) designers used what was called a "web safe" color palette.

Contemporary monitors can reproduce millions of colors so it is no longer necessary to limit Web pages to the web safe choices.

This is the "web safe" palette of 216 colors that will reproduce accurately with all color-capable platforms including those using 8-bit monitors such as older computers, early game consoles and inexpensive mobile devices.

ffffff ffffcc ffff99 ffff66 ffff33 ffff00
ffccff ffcccc ffcc99 ffcc66 ffcc33 ffcc00
ff99ff ff99cc ff9999 ff9966 ff9933 ff9900
ff66ff ff66cc ff6699 ff6666 ff6633 ff6600
ff33ff ff33cc ff3399 ff3366 ff3333 ff3300
ff00ff ff00cc ff0099 ff0066 ff0033 ff0000
ccffff ccffcc ccff99 ccff66 ccff33 ccff00
ccccff cccccc cccc99 cccc66 cccc33 cccc00
cc99ff cc99cc cc9999 cc9966 cc9933 cc9900
cc66ff cc66cc cc6699 cc6666 cc6633 cc6600
cc33ff cc33cc cc3399 cc3366 cc3333 cc3300
cc00ff cc00cc cc0099 cc0066 cc0033 cc0000
99ffff 99ffcc 99ff99 99ff66 99ff33 99ff00
99ccff 99cccc 99cc99 99cc66 99cc33 99cc00
9999ff 9999cc 999999 999966 999933 999900
9966ff 9966cc 996699 996666 996633 996600
9933ff 9933cc 993399 993366 993333 993300
9900ff 9900cc 990099 990066 990033 990000
66ffff 66ffcc 66ff99 66ff66 66ff33 66ff00
66ccff 66cccc 66cc99 66cc66 66cc33 66cc00
6699ff 6699cc 669999 669966 669933 669900
6666ff 6666cc 666699 666666 666633 666600
6633ff 6633cc 663399 663366 663333 663300
6600ff 6600cc 660099 660066 660033 660000
33ffff 33ffcc 33ff99 33ff66 33ff33 33ff00
33ccff 33cccc 33cc99 33cc66 33cc33 33cc00
3399ff 3399cc 339999 339966 339933 339900
3366ff 3366cc 336699 336666 336633 336600
3333ff 3333cc 333399 333366 333333 333300
3300ff 3300cc 330099 330066 330033 330000
00ffff 00ffcc 00ff99 00ff66 00ff33 00ff00
00ccff 00cccc 00cc99 00cc66 00cc33 00cc00
0099ff 0099cc 009999 009966 009933 009900
0066ff 0066cc 006699 006666 006633 006600
0033ff 0033cc 003399 003366 003333 003300
0000ff 0000cc 000099 000066 000033 000000

Photoshop allows you to limit its color picker so only web-safe colors are shown. You can copy the hex value for any color picker choice and paste into your HTML:



body {
background: #cc3333;
Web page:
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