HTML canvas strokeText() Method

❮ Canvas Object


Write "Hello world!" and "Big smile!" (with gradient) on the canvas, using strokeText():



var c = document.getElementById("myCanvas");
var ctx = c.getContext("2d");

ctx.font = "20px Georgia";
ctx.strokeText("Hello World!", 10, 50);

ctx.font = "30px Verdana";
// Create gradient
var gradient = ctx.createLinearGradient(0, 0, c.width, 0);
gradient.addColorStop("0", "magenta");
gradient.addColorStop("0.5", "blue");
gradient.addColorStop("1.0", "red");
// Fill with gradient
ctx.strokeStyle = gradient;
ctx.strokeText("Big smile!", 10, 90);
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Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the method.

strokeText() 4.0 9.0 3.6 4.0 10.1

Note: The maxWidth parameter is not supported in Safari.

Definition and Usage

The strokeText() method draws text (with no fill) on the canvas. The default color of the text is black.

Tip: Use the font property to specify font and font size, and use the strokeStyle property to render the text in another color/gradient.

JavaScript syntax: context.strokeText(text, x, y, maxWidth);

Parameter Values

Parameter Description Play it
text Specifies the text that will be written on the canvas Play it »
x The x coordinate where to start painting the text (relative to the canvas) Play it »
y The y coordinate where to start painting the text (relative to the canvas) Play it »
maxWidth Optional. The maximum allowed width of the text, in pixels Play it »

❮ Canvas Object