The resistor color code (color bands) on your resistor tells you what value the resistor has. There are usually 4 or 5 bands. Use our simple resistor color code calculator tool below to easily find the value of any resistor.

*The color bands on your resistor tells you what value the resistor has. Click on a color band below to change its color and the value and tolerance will automatically update to the correct value.*

Experiment with the tool above by clicking on a color band to change its color. Then see the resulting value and tolerance. If you want to know what each color and resistor color band represents, check out the table below.

## Resistor Color Codes Table

You can find the color bands and the values they represent in the table below:

Further down this page, you’ll find examples of how to use the color table.

**Bookmark this page and print out the table below to quickly find the resistor color codes when you need them.**

[Click here to download the resistor color codes PDF]

## How To Use The Resistor Color Codes Table

In the resistor color codes table, you have digits, a multiplier, and a tolerance.

The **multiplier** tells you what you need to multiply your **digits** with to get the value. The **tolerance** tells you how accurate this value is.

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If your resistor has four color bands:

- The first two bands give you the digits
- The third band gives you the multiplier
- The fourth band gives you the tolerance

If your resistor has five bands instead of four, **the first three bands** give you the digits. And the following two give you the multiplier and the tolerance.

### Example #1

This resistor has four bands. The colors of the bands are *yellow – purple – orange – gold*.

From the table above we find that this means:

- Digit
**4** - Digit
**7** - Multiplier
**1000** - Tolerance
**5%**

47 multiplied by 1000 is 47000.

So this is a resistor with 47000 Ω (47 kΩ).

A tolerance of 5% means that the real value could be 5% higher or lower than 47 kΩ.

### Example #2

This resistor has five bands. The colors of the bands are *orange – green – black – red – brown*.

From the table above we find that this means:

- Digit:
**3** - Digit:
**5** - Digit:
**0** - Multiplier:
**100** - Tolerance:
**1%**

350 multiplied by 100 is 35000.

So this is a resistor with 35000 Ω (35 kΩ).

A tolerance of 1% means that the real value could be 1% higher or lower than 35 kΩ.

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