How to Read The Resistor Color Code

Resistor values, in ohms, are color coded. Four colored bands identify the resistance value and the resistor's tolerance, which is how far the actual resistance deviates from the stated resistance, in percent.

4 Band Resistors:

Color
1st Band
(1st Figure)
2nd Band
(2nd Figure)
3rd Band
(Multiplier)
4th Band
(Tolerance)
Black

0 100
Brown
1 1 101 ±1%
Red
2 2 102 ±2%
Orange
3 3 103
Yellow
4 4 104
Green
5 5 105 ±0.5%
Blue
6 6 106 ±0.25%
Violet
7 7 107 ±0.1%
Grey
8 8 108 ±0.05%
White
9 9 109
Gold


10-1 ±5%
Silver


10-2 ±10%

5 Band Resistors:

Color
1st Band
(1st Figure)
2nd Band
(2nd Figure)
3rd Band
(3rd Figure)
4th Band
(Multiplier)
5th Band
(Tolerance)
Black

0 0 100
Brown
1 1 1 101 ±1%
Red
2 2 2 102 ±2%
Orange
3 3 3 103
Yellow
4 4 4 104
Green
5 5 5 105 ±0.5%
Blue
6 6 6 106 ±0.25%
Violet
7 7 7 107 ±0.1%
Grey
8 8 8 108 ±0.05%
White
9 9 9 109
Gold



10-1 ±5%
Silver



10-2 ±10%