Telecom Wire Color Codes

Generate a color table for any number of pairs up to 2400

Click here to generate a cable pair color chart

Telecom Wire Color Code Identification Tool: User Documentation


This tool is designed to assist telephone network technicians in identifying wire pairs within multi-pair telecom cables. It provides two main functionalities:


Pair Number

The pair number uniquely identifies a wire pair within a multi-pair cable.

Basic Pair Colors

Tip Colors: White, Red, Black, Yellow, Violet

Ring Colors: Blue, Orange, Green, Brown, Slate

Binder Colors

Used to group multiple pairs into larger bundles. The binder colors are combinations of one of the secondary colors (Blue, Orange, Green, Brown, Slate) with one of the primary colors (White, Red, Black, Yellow, Violet), resulting in 25 different combinations like "Blue with White stripes," "Orange with Red stripes," etc.

Note there are only 24 binder colors. Violet/Slate is not used. So 24 binders x 25 pairs = 600 pairs

Super Binder Colors

Used to group multiple bundles of 600 pairs into even larger groups. Super binder colors are solid and based on the primary colors: White, Red, Black, Yellow, Violet.

Rules for Finding Wire Colors

  1. Basic Pairs: The first 25 pairs use a combination of 5 tip colors and 5 ring colors twisted together solid white/blue-white, solid white/orange-white, etc
  2. Binder Colors: Every group of 25 pairs is wrapped in a binder with one of 24 unique color combinations.
  3. Super Binders: Every group of 600 pairs is wrapped in a super binder with a unique color mylar tracer.

How to Use the Tool

Web Interface

Instructions for using the web interface are provided for both functionalities.


The color-coding scheme supports up to 2400 unique pairs. For pair numbers above 2400, the color combinations will start to repeat.

Other Interesting Sites

Midi Synth Oscilloscope and Sound Wave Generator

Historical Information Resources

Learn the history of twisted pair wire

Site created by:Michael Scott McGinn