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Resistor color code calculator 3,4,5,6 band.
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Standard EIA Decade Resistor Values

Most popular resistor values (by web search statistic):

0.1 Ohm bands color

0.51 Ohm green brown silver gold

1 Ohm resistor colors: brown black gold gold

2 Ohm color code: red black gold gold

3 Ohm bands: orange black gold gold

4.3 Ohm corresponds to yellow orange gold gold

4.7 Ohm yellow violet gold gold

5.1 Ohm corresponds to color: green brown gold gold

gray red gold gold resistor value is 8.2 Ohm

brown black black gold resistor's value is 10 Ohm resistor colors

brown red black gold 12 Ohm

brown green black gold 15 Ohm resistor color code

brown blue black gold 16 Ohm

18 Ohm - brown gray black gold

20 Ohm - red black black gold

30 Ohm - orange black black gold

33 Ohm - orange orange black gold

47 Ohm - yellow violet black gold

75 Ohm - violet green black gold

100 Ohm resistor colour: brown black brown gold

120 Ohm - brown red brown gold

200 Ohm resistor color code is "red black brown gold"

220 Ohm resistor color code is "red red brown gold"

300 Ohm - orange black brown gold

330 Ohm - orange orange brown gold

470 Ohm resistor color bands is "yellow, violet, brown, gold"

510 Ohm

620 Ohm

1k 5% color code: Brown Black Red Gold (4 band)


1.5k resistor color code






5.1k resistor color code


10k 5% resistor color: Brown Black Orange Gold (4 band)


20k resistor code


24k resistor color bands

100k 5% resistor color code: Brown Black Yellow Gold (4 band)

1M 5% resistor color code: Brown Black Green Gold (4 band)

 How by colors codes the digits:
Black - 0
Brown - 1
Red - 2
Orange - 3
Yellow - 4
Green - 5
Blue - 6
Violet - 7
Gray - 8
White - 9
How by colors codes the tolerance:
Silver - 10%
Gold - 5%
Red - 2%
Brown - 1%
Green - 0.5%
Blue - 0.25%
Violet - 0.1%
Gray - 0.05%
5 band resistor color code in examples
1%, E96 series:

1k , 5 band resistor color: Brown Black Black Brown Brown |

1.02 k brown, black, red, brown, brown

1.05 k brown, black, red, green, brown

1.07 k resistor color code: brown, black, violet, brown, brown

1.1 k band colors: brown, brown, black, brown, brown

1.13 k brown, brown, orange, brown, brown

1.15 k brown, brown, green, brown, brown

1.18 k calculate color code

1.21 k brown, red, brown, brown, brown

1.24 k brown, red, yellow, brown, brown

1.27 k brown, red, violet, brown, brown

1.3 k brown, orange, black, brown, brown

1.33 k brown, orange, orange, brown, brown

1.37 k brown, orange, violet, brown, brown

1.4 k brown, yellow, black, brown, brown

1.43 k brown, yellow, orange, brown, brown

1.47 k brown, yellow, violet, brown, brown

1.5k resistor color code (5 band): Brown Green Black Brown Brown

1.54 k brown, green, yellow, brown, brown

1.58 k brown, green, gray, brown, brown

1.62 k brown, blue, red, brown, brown

1.65 k brown, blue, green, brown, brown

1.69 k marking: brown, blue, white, brown, brown

1.74 k brown, violet, yellow, brown, brown

1.78 k brown, violet, gray, brown, brown

1.82 k brown, gray, red, brown, brown

1.87 k brown, gray, violet, brown, brown

1.91 k brown, white, brown, brown, brown

1.96 k brown, white, blue, brown, brown

2 k calculate color code

2.05 k

2.1 k band colors

2.15 k

2.21 k

2.26 k

2.32 k

2.37 k

2.43 k

2.49 k resistor color code

2.55 k

2.61 k

2.67 k

2.74 k

2.8 k

2.87 k

2.94 k

3.01 k resistor color code

3.09 k

3.16 k

3.24 k

3.32 k

3.4 k

3.48 k

3.57 k

3.65 k

3.74 k marking

3.83 k

4.02 k calculate color code

4.12 k

4.22 k

4.32 k

4.42 k

4.53 k

4.64 k

4.75 k

4.87 k

4.99 k marking

5.11 k resistor color code

5.23 k

5.36 k

5.49 k

5.62 k

5.76 k

5.90 k

6.04 k calculate color code

6.19 k

6.34 k

6.49 k

6.65 k

6.81 k

6.98 k

7.15 k marking

7.32 k resistor color code

7.5 k

7.68 k

7.87 k

8.06 k

8.25 k

8.45 k resistor color code

8.66 k

8.87 k

9.09 k

9.31 k

9.53 k marking

9.76 k

The above are all values from 1 ohm to 10 megohms in the standard series E96 (precision resistors). They are most often used in measuring circuits. According to the values, given in this column, color calculator calculates the color code, consisting of 5 bands. If you need a color code of 4 bands, use the list from series E24 in column on the right.
Option 1: to calculate color to value select color of bands and 4 band resistor color code in examples
5%, E24 series:


1k resistor color code: Brown Black Red Gold

1.1k color code: Brown Brown Red Gold

Brown Red Red Gold - color code for 1.2k

1.3k resistor colors: Brown Orange Red Gold

1.5k resistor color code: Brown Green Red Gold

1.6k colour code: Brown Blue Red Gold

1.8k color code: brown gray red gold

red black red gold - color code for 2k

2.2k 5% resistor colors: red red red gold

2.4k 5% resistor color bands: Red Yellow Red Gold

2.4k resistor colors striping

2.7k colour code

3k resistor colors (4 band): Orange Black Red Gold

3.3k resistor color: Orange Orange Red Gold (4 band)

3.6k color code: Orange Blue Red Gold (4 band)

3.9k orange, white, red, gold

4.3k resistor colors: Yellow Orange Red Gold


4.7k resistor colors: Yellow Violet Red Gold

5.1k resistor color code (4 bands): Green Brown Red Gold

5.6k colour code: Green Blue Red Gold (4 band)

Blue, Red, Red, Gold - color code for resistor 6.2k

6.8k blue, gray, red, gold

7.5k resistor colour: Violet Green Red Gold (4 band)

8.2k resistor color coding: Gray Red Red Gold

9.1k resistor color code: White Brown Red Gold


10k resistor color code: Brown Black Orange Gold (4 band)


12k resistor color: Brown Red Orange Gold

13k color code: Brown Orange Orange Gold


15k color code: Brown Green Orange Gold (4 band)

16k brown, blue, orange, gold

18k color: Brown, Gray, Orange, Gold (4 band)

20k resistor color: Red Brown Orange Gold

20k resistor code

22k colours: Red Red Orange Gold

24k resistor color: Red Yellow Orange Gold

27k red, violet, orange, gold

30k color code: Orange Black Orange Gold

33k resistor colors: Orange Orange Orange Gold

36k resistor color code: Orange Blue Orange Gold

39k resistor color: : Orange White Orange Gold

43k yellow, orange, orange, gold

47k color code: Yellow Violet Orange Gold

51k green, brown, orange, gold

56k resistor colors: Green Blue Orange Gold

62k blue, red, orange, gold

68k blue, gray, orange, gold

75k color code: Violet Green Orange Gold (4 band)

82k resistor colors: Gray Red Orange Gold

91k white, brown, orange, gold


100k 5% resistor color code: Brown Black Yellow Gold

110k resistor color: Brown Brown Yellow Gold

120k brown, red, yellow, gold

130k resistor color: Brown Orange Yellow Gold


150k color code: Brown Green Yellow Gold

160k brown, blue, yellow, gold

Brown, Gray, Yellow, Gold - color code for resistor 180k


200k resistor code: Brown Black Yellow Gold

220k red, red, yellow, gold

red, yellow, yellow, gold - color code for resistor 240k

270k red, violet, yellow, gold

300k color code: Orange Black Yellow Gold

330k orange, orange, yellow, gold

360k resistor colors: Orange Blue Yellow Gold

390k color code: Orange White Yellow Gold

430k yellow, orange, yellow, gold

yellow, violet, yellow, gold - color code for resistor 470k

510k green, brown, yellow, gold

560k resistor colors: Green Blue Yellow Gold

560k color code

620k blue, red, yellow, gold

680k blue, gray, yellow, gold

750k resistor colors: Violet Green Yellow Gold

820k gray, red, yellow, gold

910k color code: White Brown Yellow Gold

1 Mohm

1 Mohm resistor color code: Brown Black Green Gold

1.1 Mohm

1.2 Mohm color code: Brown Red Green Gold

1.3 Mohm

1.5 Mohm resistor colors: Brown Green Green Gold

1.5 Mohm color code

1.6 Mohm brown, blue, green, gold

1.8 Mohm brown, gray, green, gold

2 Mohm color code: Red Black Green Gold

2.2 Mohm red, red, green, gold

2.4 Mohm resistor color code: Red, Yellow, Green, Gold (4 band)

2.7 Mohm color coding: Red, Violet, Green, Gold

3 Mohm orange, black, green, gold

Orange, Orange, Green, Gold - color code for resistor 3.3 Mohm

3.6 Mohm orange, blue, green, gold

3.9 Mohm 10% color code: Orange, White, Green, Silver

4.3 Mohm yellow, orange, green, gold

yellow, violet, green, gold - color code for 4.7 Mohm

5.1 Mohm green, brown, green, gold

5.6 Mohm color code: green, blue, green, gold

6.2 Mohm blue, red, green, gold

6.8 Mohm blue, gray, green, gold

violet, green, green, gold - color code for 7.5 Mohm

8.2 Mohm gray, red, green, gold

white, brown, green, gold - color code for 9.1 Mohm

The above are all values from 0.1 ohm to 10 megohms in the standard series E24. Resistors from the E24 series are most widely used in electronic boards. According to the values, given in this column, resistor color code calculator calculates the code, consisting of 4 bands. If you need a color code of 5 bands, use the list from series E96 in column on the left.
select number of color bands: 3    4    5    6
 FAQ, help Help, guide to using the calculator.

Value in bands:
x 10 Ω,
±    %,

Option 2: to calculate value to color, enter the value in the form below


Possibilities of resistor color code calculator.

Resistor color code calculator (above) gives you the opportunity to learn resistor value and its tolerance regardless of how many color bands is contained in its color code. Decoding produced in accordance with IEC 60062 and JIS C 0802 , but if it possible, takes into account the features of some manufacturers (e.g., Vishay) .

Calculation from color to value: to get the result you should select a number of color bands, and assign a color to each of them. Directly under the resistor the result will be displayed in the form X*10Y Ohm . In the field below (RESULT), the same result will be displayed in the form of Ohm, kOhm or MOhm.

In the drop down menu below each strip is a list of colors and numbers, which correspond to them. Invalid color for the strip, located in this position, in the resistor color calculator designated as "---". In determining the value of resistor by colors calculator serves as the resistor color code decoder.

 Calculation from value to color: if you need to know what color code corresponds to a value of resistance, then: select range (Ohm, kOhm, Mohm) from drop-down menu, enter value in RESULT field (digit only, e.g. 123, 12.3, 1.23, 0.123),  choose tolerance. Color of bands on the resistor image will be recalculated accordingly. For example, if you are concerned about the question "Which is the colors for 1kOhm resistor?", you must enter the number "1" in the "Result" and select the item "kOhm" in drop-down menu calculator. Keep in mind, if you have not choose tolerance, often several options color code possible (eg 110 ohms, depending on the accuracy, could have 4 or 5 band), but will be offered only one of them! If you do not specify tolerance, defaults resistor color code will be calculated as follows: first, the code will be designed for a 5% resistor (4 bands). If 5% resistor with this value does not exist, will be calculated code for 1% resistor (5 bands). If 1% does not exist too ..... you will see the code 0.5% resistor (even if 0.5% resistor with this value does not exist).

In both cases in the information field below , you will get the message to any number of standard resistance values applies the resulting value. If the value does not belong to any of the standard series or the tolerance does not match the accuracies of standard series, which belongs to the denomination, then most likely you make a mistake in determining the color of any stripe.
Sometimes it is difficult to determine which of the bands first. In this case, you can help button "REVERSE". When it clicked, resistor color code is read in reverse order (from right to left). In most cases, one variant of color code will definitely wrong, what message will appear.

In addition, for the convenience of the right table displays the standard values of the series E12, E24, E48, E96, E192. Every time you choose a calculator new color code, table will scroll to the nearest to the entered value of the standard denominations.
The lower the information field of color calculator duplicated by words the color bands, or performs the functions of detector errors, i.e. notify you of errors and inconsistencies in the code. In case of errors displayed button "CORRECT". Clicking on this button color code calculator will offer one of the true option. When the page loads, resistor color code calculator switches to demo mode. In this case, the strips resistor color code is automatically in random order change color and calculated nominal, the resulting labeling is appropriate. This mode is disabled when you themselves try to introduce resistor color bands. Calculator resistor color code is also available in Spanish, Portuguese, German, Chinese and Russian. Links to these calculators are located in the upper left corner.

You can change the color of bands in resistor color code calculator by several ways:

  • choose a color from the drop-down menu located under the strip
  • click the "+" and "-" buttons located above the strip, in this case the increase or decrease by one digit, which is responsible for the selected band.
  • click on the value in the table of EIA values, and the color of resistor bands is calculated by matching the value. In this cases the order of magnitude of resistance remain in the same range as was (kOhm, Ohm...).
  • click on value in list of examples 5% (column on the right) and 1% tolerance resistor color code (on the left ). Color code calculator will recalculate the color and number of bands in accordance with the chosen value.
  • enter value in "RESULT" field and select from drop-down menu range (Ohm, kOhm, MOhm) and tolerance.

Examples of marking and tables with resistor color code:

Table with resistor color code and example from Vishay

The Electronic Industries Association (EIA) specify standard values for resistors, sometimes referred to as the "preferred value" system. The preferred value system has its origins in the early years of the last century at a time when most resistors were carbon-graphite with relatively poor manufacturing tolerances. The rationale is simple - select values for components based on the tolerances with which they are able to be manufactured. Using 10% tolerance devices as an example, suppose that the first preferred value is 100 ohms. It makes little sense to produce a 105 ohm resistor since 105 ohms falls within the 10% tolerance range of the 100 ohm resistor. The next reasonable value is 120 ohms because the 100 ohm resistor with a 10% tolerance is expected to have a value somewhere between 90 and 110 ohms. The 120 ohm resistor has a value ranging between 110 and 130 ohms. Following this logic, the preferred values for 10% tolerance resistors between 100 and 1,000 ohms would be 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, 270, 330 and so on (rounded appropriately); this is the E12 series shown in the table above. The EIA "E" series specify the preferred values for various tolerances. The number following the "E" specifies the number of logarithmic steps per decade. The values in any decade can be derived by merely dividing or multiplying the table entries by powers of 10.

The series are as follows:
E6 20% tolerance (3-band resistor color code
E12 10% tolerance (4-band resistor color code
E24 5% tolerance (4-band resistor color code)
E48 2% tolerance (5-band resistor color code)
E96 1% tolerance (5-band precision resistor color code
E192 0.5, 0.25, 0.1% and higher tolerances (5-band precision resistor color code) - resistors

While the "E" preferred value lists are the best way to insure one is stocking the optimum number of values for a given tolerance, a word of caution is in order with respect to what is actually available in the marketplace and certain real world practices. For instance, the E48 list is often used as a stock list for 1% resistors for inventory control (48 values per decade rather than 96), but this practice leaves "holes" or gaps in one's stock not covered by tolerance overlap, an undesirable practice in a prototype lab (less of an issue to the digital designer than to an analog circuit designer). The use of the E48 list for inventory control of 1% resistors works out well because every value on the E48 list just happens to also appear on the E96 list; the holes are thus symmetrical and easily filled by acquisition of one of the other 48 values per decade being omitted from stock. However, this is not always the case as can be seen by comparing the E24 and E96 lists. Nevertheless, many manufacturers make every single value on the E24 list in 1% tolerance even though the practice makes little mathematical sense (think about the obvious tolerance overlap between the 120 and 121 values for instance). Stocking only the E24 series in 1% will result in less symmetrical holes in stock than the practice of stocking only the E48 series. In any event, one should be aware of these practices to avoid confusion.

Button "M+":
It remembers the color markings of resistors, which you have chosen. If you enter a color code from the color select menu or by using the "+" and "-" button, then to store the color code in memory need to click the "M +" button. In other cases the value is stored automatically. This function of color code calculator handy if you need to learn a few color-coded resistors. Values with the wrong color code (discrepancy with standard resistor values or tolerances) are highlighted in red.
Button "MC":
Clear all color code from memory of calculator.
Icon "Help":
You will receive detailed instructions how to use the calculator. Simple examples will be provided..

Designation of color bands.

The 4-band color code is used for marking non-precision resistors (5%, 10% and 20% tolerances). Value of the color bands:

The first and second bands of resistor color code represent the most significant digits of the resistance value. Colors are designated to numbers between 0 and 9, and the color bands basically translate the numbers into a visible code. Black is 0, brown is 1, red is 2 and so on (see the color code table on picture above).

The third band represent the power of ten to which the two significant digits must be multiplied, using the same assigned value for each color as in the previous step. But, if the the multiplier band is gold or silver, value must be divided by 10 or 100).

The fourth band is tolerance, usually spaced away from the others, or it's a little bit wider. A color is assigned to each tolerance: gold is 5%, silver is 10%. 20% resistors have only 3 color bands - the tolerance band is missing.

The 5 band code is used for marking  precision resistors with 2%, 1% or lower tolerances. The rules are similar to the previous system; the only difference is the number of digit bands. The first 3 bands will represent the value, the 4th band will be the multiplier and the 5th stripe will give us the tolerance.