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 below to easily find the value of a resistor.

Click on a color band to change its color and see what the resulting value becomes.

## 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.

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.

Your exlanation of 4 band & 5 band colour code using single colour-chart is excellent; and needs no further comparision between two types of resistorcolour code.

Great to hear!

Oyvind

This is far better than what we learn at school!!!

From which side of the resistor do we start checking the sequence of the colours?

Good question.

Make sure you have the tolerance band on the right when looking at your resistor.

Often you’ll see that the last band, the tolerance band, is a bit further away from the rest of the bands. If not, then look for a band that is silver or gold, only the tolerance band can be silver or gold.

Best,

Oyvind

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Best,

Oyvind

If the Tolerance is lets say 5%, as you said that it could be greater than or less then 45k. How do we know if it is greater or lesser? Or does it not matter much that it might do more or less then what it color bands say it has?

You don’t know. You just know that it’s within 5% of the value. If you need something more accurate, you can find higher tolerances too.

Best,

Oyvind

This is a great deal of work.

Kudos!