Plugin: ColorHug


The ColorHug is an affordable open source display colorimeter built by Hughski Limited. The USB device allows you to calibrate your screen for accurate color matching.

ColorHug versions 1 and 2 support a custom HID-based flashing protocol, but version 3 (ColorHug+) has now switched to DFU.

Firmware Format

The daemon will decompress the cabinet archive and extract a firmware blob in a packed binary file format.

This plugin supports the following protocol ID:

  • com.hughski.colorhug

GUID Generation

These devices use the standard USB DeviceInstanceId values, e.g.

  • USB\VID_273F&PID_1001

Update Behavior

The device usually presents in runtime mode, but on detach re-enumerates with a different USB PID in a bootloader mode. On attach the device again re-enumerates back to the runtime mode.

For this reason the REPLUG_MATCH_GUID internal device flag is used so that the bootloader and runtime modes are treated as the same device.

Vendor ID Security

The vendor ID is set from the USB vendor, in this instance set to USB:0x273F

External Interface Access

This plugin requires read/write access to /dev/bus/usb.

Version Considerations

This plugin has been available since fwupd version 0.8.0.


Anyone can submit a pull request to modify this plugin, but the following people should be consulted before making major or functional changes:

  • Richard Hughes: hughsie