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This gallery displays over 200 color tables available in NCL, organized by various categories. Some color tables appear in multiple categories.

Some of these color tables may not be available in your version of NCL, as they were added in V6.2.0. However, they are available in a single tar file, ncl_colormaps.tar. See the about color tables page for more information.

Click on any color bar below to see a larger image, a downloadable *.rgb file, and some sample graphics using that color table.

NCL default color table

The default color table in NCL is called "ncl_default".

Color table categories

Rainbow | Small rainbow | Earth/Ocean | Aid in color blindness | MeteoSwiss
Blue/Red | Blue/Green | Red/Orange | Red/Green | Green/Yellow
Red/Purple | Blue/Purple | Green/Purple | Brown/Copper | Blue/Yellow/Red
Blue | Purple | Green | Gray | Banded
Faded | Circular | Miscellaneous | White-in-the-middle | GMT
GrADS | matplotlib | Ncview | SVG | ColorBrewer

Rainbow color tables

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amwg256

254 colors
BkBlAqGrYeOrReViWh200

200 colors
BlAqGrYeOrRe

100 colors
BlAqGrYeOrReVi200

200 colors
BlGrYeOrReVi200

200 colors
example

113 colors
GMT_seis

256 colors
GMT_wysiwygcont

200 colors
matlab_hsv

64 colors
matlab_jet

64 colors
MPL_gist_ncar

128 colors
MPL_gist_rainbow

128 colors
MPL_hsv

128 colors
MPL_jet

128 colors
MPL_rainbow

128 colors
MPL_Spectral

128 colors
NCV_bright

256 colors
NCV_jaisnd

256 colors
NCV_jet

256 colors
NCV_rainbow2

256 colors
ncview_default

254 colors
nice_gfdl

225 colors
rainbow

188 colors
rainbow+gray

237 colors
rainbow+white

237 colors
rainbow+white+gray

238 colors
tbr_240-300

200 colors
tbr_stdev_0-30

200 colors
tbr_var_0-500

200 colors
tbrAvg1

100 colors
tbrStd1

101 colors
tbrVar1

101 colors
temp1

61 colors
testcmap

199 colors
ViBlGrWhYeOrRe

101 colors
wh-bl-gr-ye-re

199 colors
WhBlGrYeRe

100 colors
WhiteBlueGreenYellowRed

254 colors
WhViBlGrYeOrRe

101 colors
WhViBlGrYeOrReWh

101 colors

Small rainbow color tables

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amwg

16 colors
cosam

10 colors
cosam12

12 colors
cyclic

6 colors
GHRSST_anomaly

42 colors
GMT_wysiwyg

20 colors
grads_rainbow

13 colors
gui_default

22 colors
prcp_1

17 colors
prcp_2

12 colors
prcp_3

23 colors
radar

15 colors
radar_1

24 colors
seaice_1

13 colors
seaice_2

14 colors
so4_21

21 colors
so4_23

23 colors
wgne15

15 colors

Earth/Ocean color tables

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cmp_haxby

64 colors
GMT_drywet

60 colors
GMT_globe

256 colors
GMT_haxby

32 colors
GMT_nighttime

20 colors
GMT_ocean

80 colors
GMT_relief

256 colors
GMT_relief_oceanonly

160 colors
GMT_topo

256 colors
MPL_BrBG

128 colors
MPL_gist_earth

128 colors
MPL_ocean

128 colors
MPL_terrain

128 colors
NCV_gebco

24 colors
OceanLakeLandSnow

254 colors
topo_15lev

16 colors

Aid in color blindness color tables

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BlueDarkOrange18

18 colors
BlueDarkRed18

18 colors
BlueGreen14

14 colors
BrownBlue12

12 colors
Cat12

12 colors
cb_9step

78 colors
cb_rainbow

241 colors
cb_rainbow_inv

241 colors
CBR_coldhot

11 colors
CBR_drywet

11 colors
CBR_wet

11 colors
GreenMagenta16

16 colors
posneg_1

19 colors
posneg_2

20 colors
StepSeq25

25 colors

MeteoSwiss color tables

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hotcold_18lev

19 colors
hotcolr_19lev

20 colors
mch_default

15 colors
perc2_9lev

10 colors
percent_11lev

12 colors
precip2_15lev

16 colors
precip2_17lev

18 colors
precip3_16lev

17 colors
precip4_11lev

12 colors
precip4_diff_19lev

20 colors
precip_11lev

12 colors
precip_diff_12lev

13 colors
precip_diff_1lev

2 colors
rh_19lev

20 colors
spread_15lev

16 colors
sunshine_9lev

10 colors
sunshine_diff_12lev

13 colors
t2m_29lev

30 colors
temp_19lev

20 colors
temp_diff_18lev

19 colors
temp_diff_1lev

2 colors
topo_15lev

16 colors
wind_17lev

18 colors

Blue/Red color tables

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BlRe

96 colors
BlueDarkRed18

18 colors
BlueRed

252 colors
BlueRedGray

253 colors
BlWhRe

101 colors
CBR_coldhot

11 colors
cmp_b2r

64 colors
GMT_polar

20 colors
GMT_split

40 colors
hotcold_18lev

19 colors
hotcolr_19lev

20 colors
hotres

254 colors
MPL_bwr

128 colors
MPL_coolwarm

128 colors
MPL_RdBu

128 colors
MPL_seismic

128 colors
NCV_blu_red

256 colors
NCV_blue_red

256 colors
posneg_1

19 colors
posneg_2

20 colors
temp_19lev

20 colors
temp_diff_18lev

19 colors
temp_diff_1lev

2 colors
WhBlReWh

100 colors

Blue/Green color tables

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BlueGreen14

14 colors
CBR_wet

11 colors
GMT_gebco

70 colors
GMT_ocean

80 colors
GMT_relief_oceanonly

160 colors
MPL_BuGn

128 colors
MPL_GnBu

128 colors
MPL_ocean

128 colors
MPL_PuBuGn

128 colors
MPL_winter

128 colors
MPL_YlGnBu

128 colors

Red/Orange color tables

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GMT_hot

100 colors
hotres

254 colors
matlab_hot

64 colors
MPL_afmhot

128 colors
MPL_autumn

128 colors
MPL_gist_heat

128 colors
MPL_hot

128 colors
MPL_Oranges

128 colors
MPL_OrRd

128 colors
MPL_Reds

128 colors
MPL_YlOrBr

128 colors
MPL_YlOrRd

128 colors
sunshine_9lev

10 colors
WhiteYellowOrangeRed

254 colors

Red/Green color tables

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GMT_red2green

20 colors
helix1

254 colors
MPL_RdYlGn

128 colors
SVG_fs2006

220 colors

Green/Yellow color tables

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GreenYellow

252 colors
MPL_summer

128 colors
MPL_YlGn

128 colors

Red/Purple color tables

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MPL_gnuplot

128 colors
MPL_PuRd

128 colors
MPL_RdPu

128 colors
sunshine_diff_12lev

13 colors

Blue/Purple color tables

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GMT_cool

10 colors
MPL_cool

128 colors

Green/Purple color tables

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GreenMagenta16

16 colors
MPL_PRGn

128 colors

Brown/Copper color tables

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BlueDarkOrange18

18 colors
BrownBlue12

12 colors
CBR_drywet

11 colors
GMT_copper

50 colors
MPL_BrBG

128 colors
MPL_copper

128 colors
MPL_pink

128 colors
MPL_s3pcpn

128 colors
OceanLakeLandSnow

254 colors
precip_diff_12lev

13 colors
precip_diff_1lev

2 colors
SVG_bhw3_22

220 colors
SVG_es_landscape_79

220 colors

Blue/Yellow/Red color tables

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amwg_blueyellowred

16 colors
BlueWhiteOrangeRed

254 colors
BlueYellowRed

254 colors
cmp_b2r

64 colors
cmp_flux

22 colors
GMT_jet

256 colors
GMT_no_green

16 colors
GMT_panoply

16 colors
MPL_RdYlBu

128 colors
ncl_default

254 colors
nrl_sirkes

21 colors
nrl_sirkes_nowhite

19 colors

Blue color tables

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MPL_Blues

128 colors
MPL_PuBu

128 colors
WhiteBlue

254 colors

Purple color tables

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MPL_BuPu

128 colors
MPL_Purples

128 colors

Green color tables

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MPL_BuGn

128 colors
MPL_Greens

128 colors
WhiteGreen

254 colors

Gray color tables

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GMT_gray

10 colors
GMT_relief_oceanonly

160 colors
GrayWhiteGray

254 colors
gscyclic

6 colors
gsdtol

31 colors
gsltod

31 colors
mch_default

15 colors
MPL_gist_gray

128 colors
MPL_gist_yarg

128 colors
MPL_Greys

128 colors
MPL_RdGy

128 colors
wxpEnIR

100 colors

Banded color tables

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3gauss

254 colors
3saw

254 colors
cb_9step

78 colors
detail

254 colors
extrema

254 colors
matlab_lines

64 colors
MPL_StepSeq

128 colors
NCV_banded

256 colors
NCV_manga

256 colors
NCV_roullet

256 colors
psgcap

238 colors
StepSeq25

25 colors
SVG_Gallet13

220 colors
SVG_Lindaa06

220 colors
SVG_Lindaa07

220 colors
uniform

173 colors

Faded color tables

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CBR_set3

12 colors
GMT_topo

256 colors
MPL_Accent

128 colors
MPL_Dark2

128 colors
MPL_Paired

128 colors
MPL_Pastel1

128 colors
MPL_Pastel2

128 colors
MPL_Set1

128 colors
MPL_Set2

128 colors
MPL_Set3

128 colors
SVG_feb_sunrise

220 colors
SVG_foggy_sunrise

220 colors

Circular color tables

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circular_0

18 colors
circular_1

12 colors
circular_2

24 colors

Miscellaneous color tables

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default

30 colors
helix

254 colors
hlu_default

30 colors
lithology

213 colors
thelix

254 colors

White-in-the-middle color tables

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BlueDarkRed18

18 colors
BlueWhiteOrangeRed

254 colors
BlWhRe

101 colors
CBR_coldhot

11 colors
CBR_drywet

11 colors
circular_0

18 colors
cmp_flux

22 colors
GMT_polar

20 colors
GMT_red2green

20 colors
GrayWhiteGray

254 colors
GreenMagenta16

16 colors
hotcold_18lev

19 colors
hotcolr_19lev

20 colors
MPL_BrBG

128 colors
MPL_bwr

128 colors
MPL_PiYG

128 colors
MPL_PRGn

128 colors
MPL_PuOr

128 colors
MPL_RdBu

128 colors
MPL_RdGy

128 colors
MPL_seismic

128 colors
NCV_blu_red

256 colors
NCV_blue_red

256 colors
NCV_jaisnd

256 colors
NCV_manga

256 colors
NCV_roullet

256 colors
nrl_sirkes

21 colors
precip4_diff_19lev

20 colors
precip_diff_12lev

13 colors
sunshine_diff_12lev

13 colors
temp_19lev

20 colors
temp_diff_18lev

19 colors
testcmap

199 colors
ViBlGrWhYeOrRe

101 colors

GMT color tables

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GMT_cool

10 colors
GMT_copper

50 colors
GMT_drywet

60 colors
GMT_gebco

70 colors
GMT_globe

256 colors
GMT_gray

10 colors
GMT_haxby

32 colors
GMT_hot

100 colors
GMT_jet

256 colors
GMT_nighttime

20 colors
GMT_no_green

16 colors
GMT_ocean

80 colors
GMT_paired

12 colors
GMT_panoply

16 colors
GMT_polar

20 colors
GMT_red2green

20 colors
GMT_relief

256 colors
GMT_relief_oceanonly

160 colors
GMT_seis

256 colors
GMT_split

40 colors
GMT_topo

256 colors
GMT_wysiwyg

20 colors
GMT_wysiwygcont

200 colors

GrADS color tables

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grads_default

14 colors
grads_rainbow

13 colors

matplotlib color tables

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MPL_Accent

128 colors
MPL_afmhot

128 colors
MPL_autumn

128 colors
MPL_Blues

128 colors
MPL_bone

128 colors
MPL_BrBG

128 colors
MPL_brg

128 colors
MPL_BuGn

128 colors
MPL_BuPu

128 colors
MPL_bwr

128 colors
MPL_cool

128 colors
MPL_coolwarm

128 colors
MPL_copper

128 colors
MPL_cubehelix

128 colors
MPL_Dark2

128 colors
MPL_flag

128 colors
MPL_gist_earth

128 colors
MPL_gist_gray

128 colors
MPL_gist_heat

128 colors
MPL_gist_ncar

128 colors
MPL_gist_rainbow

128 colors
MPL_gist_stern

128 colors
MPL_gist_yarg

128 colors
MPL_GnBu

128 colors
MPL_gnuplot

128 colors
MPL_gnuplot2

128 colors
MPL_Greens

128 colors
MPL_Greys

128 colors
MPL_hot

128 colors
MPL_hsv

128 colors
MPL_jet

128 colors
MPL_ocean

128 colors
MPL_Oranges

128 colors
MPL_OrRd

128 colors
MPL_Paired

128 colors
MPL_Pastel1

128 colors
MPL_Pastel2

128 colors
MPL_pink

128 colors
MPL_PiYG

128 colors
MPL_PRGn

128 colors
MPL_prism

128 colors
MPL_PuBu

128 colors
MPL_PuBuGn

128 colors
MPL_PuOr

128 colors
MPL_PuRd

128 colors
MPL_Purples

128 colors
MPL_rainbow

128 colors
MPL_RdBu

128 colors
MPL_RdGy

128 colors
MPL_RdPu

128 colors
MPL_RdYlBu

128 colors
MPL_RdYlGn

128 colors
MPL_Reds

128 colors
MPL_s3pcpn

128 colors
MPL_s3pcpn_l

128 colors
MPL_seismic

128 colors
MPL_Set1

128 colors
MPL_Set2

128 colors
MPL_Set3

128 colors
MPL_Spectral

128 colors
MPL_spring

128 colors
MPL_sstanom

128 colors
MPL_StepSeq

128 colors
MPL_summer

128 colors
MPL_terrain

128 colors
MPL_winter

128 colors
MPL_YlGn

128 colors
MPL_YlGnBu

128 colors
MPL_YlOrBr

128 colors
MPL_YlOrRd

128 colors

Ncview color tables

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NCV_banded

256 colors
NCV_blu_red

256 colors
NCV_blue_red

256 colors
NCV_bright

256 colors
NCV_gebco

24 colors
NCV_jaisnd

256 colors
NCV_jet

256 colors
NCV_manga

256 colors
NCV_rainbow2

256 colors
NCV_roullet

256 colors
ncview_default

254 colors

SVG color tables

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SVG_bhw3_22

220 colors
SVG_es_landscape_79

220 colors
SVG_feb_sunrise

220 colors
SVG_foggy_sunrise

220 colors
SVG_fs2006

220 colors
SVG_Gallet13

220 colors
SVG_Lindaa06

220 colors
SVG_Lindaa07

220 colors

ColorBrewer color tables

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CBR_coldhot

11 colors
CBR_drywet

11 colors
CBR_set3

12 colors
CBR_wet

11 colors