With wpColorPicker available in color-picker.min.js, I was able to easily create color fields which simply display the color:

Show color

When you click the field, a color picker appears:

Change color

Now I want to do the same with Gutenberg components. However, I cannot find the exact replacement for wpColorPicker:

  • ColorPicker from @wordpress/components is the picker itself, where the user is invited to choose a color. It doesn't seem to implement the "show" state. It's not a full-fledged form control.
  • ColorIndicator from @wordpress/components only shows a color.
  • ColorPalette from @wordpress/components does too much. Using the palette with an empty color set does not work either, it was not designed for this use case.
  • PanelColorSettings and withColors from @wordpress/block-editor are even higher level.
  • Using the Storybook's stories of the Gutenberg project, I can see that the latest ColorPalette does what I'm looking for, but it doesn't behave that way in WordPress 5.8.1.

Latest ColorPalette

There is an obvious way to get the job done: write a ColorControl component based on ColorIndicator, ColorPicker and Dropdown, or simply steal from the latest ColorPalette.

But I'm wondering if a ready-to-use component is already available.

1 Answer 1


I ended up implementing my own ColorControl. I'm not satisfied with this solution and I don't advice you to follow this route blindly. However, if you want to get the job done and don't want to spend two hours on something that might not exist as I did, here you go.

Install two extra packages:

npm install styled-components colord

The code:

import React from 'react'

const {
} = wp.components;

import styled from'styled-components';
import { colord } from 'colord';

const DropWrapper = styled.div`
  margin-top: 8px;

const ColorButton = styled(Button)`
  background-color: ${props => props.value};
  color: ${props => colord(props.value).isLight() ? '#1e1e1e' : '#fff'};
  min-width: 150px;

const ColorControl = (props) => (
        renderContent={() => (
            onChangeComplete={color => props.onChange(color.hex)}
        renderToggle={ ( { isOpen, onToggle } ) => (
            aria-expanded={ isOpen }
            onClick={ onToggle }
            aria-label={ `${props.label} color picker` }
            value={ props.value }
            { props.value }
        ) }

export default ColorControl;

The field:

My color picker

When you click it:

My color picked - clicked

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