wezterm.color.extract_colors_from_image(filename [,params])

Since: 20220807-113146-c2fee766

This function loads an image from the specified filename and analyzes it to determine a set of distinct colors present in the image, ordered by how often a given color is found in the image, descending. So if an image is predominantly black with a bit of white, then black will be listed first in the returned array.

This is potentially useful if you wish to generate a color scheme to match an image, for example.

The default is to extract 16 colors from an image:

> wezterm.color.extract_colors_from_image("/wallpapers/neon-nights.jpeg")

The analysis is relatively expensive and can take several seconds if used on a full 4K image file. To reduce the runtime, wezterm will by default scale down the image and skip over nearby pixels. The results of the analysis will be cached to avoid repeating the same work each time the configuration is re-evaluated.

You can specify optional parameters in a parameter table:

> wezterm.color.extract_colors_from_image("/wallpaper/neon-nights.jpeg", {

The following fields are allowed in the parameter table:

  • fuzziness - skip this many pixels when sampling colors, to avoid adding candidate colors that are likely similar to each other. Default is 5.
  • num_colors - how many colors should be extracted. Default is 16. Set to 0 to find all distinct colors.
  • max_width, max_height - the image will be resized (respecting its aspect ratio) to fit within these dimensions to reduce the number of pixels that need to be analyzed. Default is 640 by 480.
  • min_brightness - the minimum allowed brightness level you'd like to accept. Brightness has the range 0 through 100 with 100 being brightest. Useful to exclude very dark colors from the returned palette. Default is 0.
  • max_brightness - the maximum allowed brightness level you'd like to accept. Useful to exclude very bright colors from the returned palette. Default is 90.
  • threshold - colors are compared using CIEDE2000 DeltaE which produces values in the range 0 through 100. Smaller values are more similar, larger values are more different. If the computed DeltaE is smaller than your threshold parameter then the color candidate will be added to the returned set of colors.
  • min_contrast - if set non-zero, in addition to the DeltaE constraint, colors must have a contrast ratio of at least min_contrast. The default is 0.

If fewer than the requested num_colors were found, the threshold will be repeatedly reduced to increase the set of candidate colors until the threshold falls below the human perceptible range. If after that fewer than the requested num_colors were found, an error is raised.

When min_contrast is in use and fewer than num_colors matching colors are found, min_contrast is not automatically relaxed when retrying with a lower threshold.

This example computes a color palette for the terminal based on some other image file:

local wezterm = require 'wezterm'

local colors = wezterm.color.extract_colors_from_image '/path/to/image/jpeg'
local ansi = {}
local brights = {}

for idx, color in ipairs(colors) do
  if idx <= 8 then
    ansi[idx] = color
    brights[idx - 8] = color

return {
  colors = {
    ansi = ansi,
    brights = brights,