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Red Blue Colormap

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A colormap from bright blue, through white, and then to bright red.


Updated 09 Oct 2009

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REDBLUE(M), is an M-by-3 matrix that defines a colormap.
The colors begin with bright blue, range through shades of blue to white, and then through shades of red to bright red. REDBLUE, by itself, is the same length as the current figure's colormap.

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Adam Auton (2020). Red Blue Colormap (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (40)

gao yang

Thank you! That's what I want!

Wenhui Qiao

very pretty colormap! I like it!

Baoqing Lu

Very nice function. Thank you very much! I like your choice of colors, which makes the contrast more conspicuous and thus the figures more readable.

A King


matt majic

Xb Zzzh

great function~ It really helps

Anna Titova


Ryo Pratama



Shane L



For those asking questions, simply put the .m file in a directory in your Matlab path, then run


before your plotting routine.

I typed in "redblue" and it seemed to work but nothing came up in the "figure 1".

I am sorry, I am not a pro of Matlab. Can you explain how to use this function?

nathan q

thanks a lot for the this range of colorbar

Yu-Lin Tsai

Very useful and helpful to my figure! Thanks!

Liaofan Lin



great colormap

@Rob Campbell: a good idea, but that code give the wrong length output if |m| is odd. Here is one possible fix:

n = fix(m/2);
x = n~=(m/2);
r = [(0:1:n-1)/n,ones(1,n+x)];
g = [(0:1:n-1)/n,ones(1,x),(n-1:-1:0)/n];
b = [ones(1,n+x),(n-1:-1:0)/n];
c = [r(:),g(:),b(:)];

Hi Adam,

I downloaded your redblue colormap. It's nice.

Thanks a lot dude. I appreciate your effort.

thank you very much,



Just what I was looking for

Rob Campbell

Thankyou: nice colormap. What do you think of this? A neater way to obtain c:

n = fix(0.5*m);
r = [(0:1:n-1)/n,ones(1,n)];
g = [(0:n-1)/n, (n-1:-1:0)/n];
b = [ones(1,n),(n-1:-1:0)/n];
c = [r(:), g(:), b(:)];


The function "colormapeditor" from MATLAB will be helpful to customizer the colormap

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2008b
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