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I am building a block based plugin for the Wordpress Gutenberg editor.

How can I add template colors (i.e., those black and pastel shades) to ColorPalette ("Input border color")?

Catch is that I do not want the toggle system ("Color Settings") that PanelColorSettings comes with.

The "input border color" is going to be part of a PanelBody that already has other settings that use stuff like TextControl.

I did some Googling and came across something called withColors - however that is just an HOC for PanelColorSettings. So I don't think that would solve my requirement.

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How can I add template colors (i.e., those black and pastel shades) to ColorPalette ("Input border color")?

In Gutenberg, you can get the block color palette in two ways:

  • Use getSettings() in the block editor's data (core/block-editor). E.g.

    import { select } from '@wordpress/data';
    const colorPalette = select( 'core/block-editor' ).getSettings().colors;
    // PS: You can also run wp.data.select( 'core/block-editor' ).getSettings().colors
    // via the console.
  • Or particularly in a function component, use the useSetting hook in the @wordpress/block-editor or wp.blockEditor package (which uses the getSettings() above). Note though, in WordPress 5.7, the hook was named useEditorFeature. So for example:

    import { useSetting } from '@wordpress/block-editor';
    // Then in your EDIT FUNCTION, use useSetting( 'color.palette' ):
    const colorPalette = useSetting( 'color.palette' );

And just so that you know, in PHP, you can use get_theme_support( 'editor-color-palette' ) to get the above palette.

Example/Demo using the useSetting hook (in WordPress 5.8)

Note that in this example, I added the colors in the question (red, white and blue) and then the color.palette above.

  1. In my index.js file, I got this at the top: (Note though, I omitted the registerBlockType stuff)

    import {
    } from '@wordpress/block-editor';
    import {
    } from '@wordpress/components';
    const CUSTOM_COLORS = [
            color: '#f00',
            name: 'Red',
            color: '#fff',
            name: 'White',
            color: '#00f',
            name: 'Blue',
  2. And here's my edit function:

    function Edit( { attributes, setAttributes } ) {
        const { content, borderColor } = attributes;
        return (
                            value={ content }
                            onChange={ ( value ) => setAttributes( { content: value } ) }
                            <p>Input border color</p>
                                value={ borderColor }
                                colors={ [ ...CUSTOM_COLORS, ...useSetting( 'color.palette' ) ] }
                                onChange={ ( value ) => setAttributes( { borderColor: value } ) }
                    { ...useBlockProps( {
                        style: {
                            border: '2px solid ' + borderColor,
                            padding: '10px 15px',
                    } ) }
                    { content }
  3. So the above InspectorControls outputs this (the theme is Twenty Twenty-One 1.4 which has 10 colors in the block color palette — see source on Trac):


  • This works great, however you do end up with the color's HEX value. If the theme.json is updated, you'll still have the old color. I've been hoping to find a way to select a theme color and keep it linked to that color, in case theme.json is ever modified. Feb 29 at 14:15

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