A Flutter plugin that exposes AppKit’s “UI Element Colors” to facilitate the retrieval of standard color objects for use with windows, controls, labels, text, selections and other content in your app.

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Getting started

Install this package:

flutter pub add appkit_ui_element_colors

Then import it in your Dart code:

import 'package:appkit_ui_element_colors/appkit_ui_element_colors.dart';


Retrieving UI element colors

The following colors are available:

Available UI Element colors
  • labelColor
  • secondaryLabelColor
  • tertiaryLabelColor
  • quaternaryLabelColor
  • textColor
  • placeholderTextColor
  • selectedTextColor
  • textBackgroundColor
  • selectedTextBackgroundColor
  • keyboardFocusIndicatorColor
  • unemphasizedSelectedTextColor
  • unemphasizedSelectedTextBackgroundColor
  • linkColor
  • separatorColor
  • selectedContentBackgroundColor
  • unemphasizedSelectedContentBackgroundColor
  • selectedMenuItemTextColor
  • gridColor
  • headerTextColor
  • alternatingContentBackgroundColors0
  • alternatingContentBackgroundColors1
  • controlAccentColor
  • controlColor
  • controlBackgroundColor
  • controlTextColor
  • disabledControlTextColor
  • currentControlTint
  • selectedControlColor
  • selectedControlTextColor
  • alternateSelectedControlTextColor
  • scrubberTexturedBackground
  • windowBackgroundColor
  • windowFrameTextColor
  • underPageBackgroundColor
  • findHighlightColor
  • highlightColor
  • shadowColor

Each color can be retrieved as a Color object using the AppkitUiElementColors.getColor method:

final darkWindowBackgroundColor = await AppkitUiElementColors.getColor(
  uiElementColor: UiElementColor.windowBackgroundColor,
  appearance: NSAppearanceName.darkAqua,

Alternatively, it can also be converted to any available NSColorSpace and retrieved as a map of requested NSColorComponents using AppkitUiElementColors.getColorComponents:

final components = await AppkitUiElementColors.getColorComponents(
  uiElementColor: UiElementColor.selectedControlColor,
  components: {
  colorSpace: NSColorSpace.sRGB,
  appearance: NSAppearanceName.aqua,

// prints "{blueComponent: 0.7450980544090271, redComponent: 1.0, greenComponent: 0.9333333373069763}"

Observing system color changes

Certain events, such as the user changing their preferred accent color, can trigger system color changes. Such changes can be observed using the SystemColorObserver class. The AppkitUiElementColors class provides a global shared instance of SystemColorObserver that can be accessed as follows:
    .listen((_) => print('System colors changed.'));

Building widgets using UiElementColorBuilder

The UiElementColorBuilder class provides a convenient way to build widgets that depend on UI element colors provided by appkit_ui_element_colors:

  builder: (context, colorContainer) => Container(
    color: colorContainer.windowBackgroundColor,

By default, UiElementColorBuilder uses a SharedUiElementColorContainerInstanceProvider to provide a global shared instance of UiElementColorContainer. SharedUiElementColorContainerInstanceProvider uses an instance of MediaQueryData derived from the current BuildContext and assumes it to be the same across all UiElementBuilders which use it. If your app contains surfaces with different MediaQueryData overrides, use OwnedUiElementColorContainerInstanceProvider instead:

// A dark cupertino theme.
  data: const CupertinoThemeData(
    brightness: Brightness.dark,
  // Override the MediaQueryData so that platformBrightness is dark.
  child: MediaQuery(
    data: MediaQuery.of(context).copyWith(
      platformBrightness: Brightness.dark,
    child: UiElementColorBuilder(
      // Since there may be surfaces within the app that do not override the
      // brightness, use an OwnedUiElementColorContainerInstanceProvider.
      builder: (context, colorContainer) => Container(
        color: colorContainer.windowBackgroundColor,

Incorrect usage of SharedUiElementColorContainerInstanceProvider throws the following assertion error:

“Found conflicting MediaQueryData in SharedUiElementColorContainerInstanceProvider. If you are using UiElementColorBuilder within widget subtrees with differing MediaQueryData (such as different theme brightness or accessibility settings), please use OwnedUiElementColorContainerInstanceProvider instead.”