The CanvasRenderingContext2D.createImageData() method of the Canvas 2D API creates a new, blank ImageData object with the specified dimensions. All of the pixels in the new object are transparent black.


ImageData ctx.createImageData(width, height);
ImageData ctx.createImageData(imagedata);


The width to give the new ImageData object.
The height to give the new ImageData object.
An existing ImageData object from which to copy the width and height. The image itself is not copied.

Return value

A new ImageData object with the specified width and height. The new object is filled with transparent black pixels.

Errors thrown

Thrown if either of the width or height arguments are zero.


Using the createImageData method

This is just a simple code snippet which uses the createImageData method. For more information, see Pixel manipulation with canvas and the ImageData object.


<canvas id="canvas"></canvas>


var canvas = document.getElementById("canvas");
var ctx = canvas.getContext("2d");
ctx.rect(10, 10, 100, 100);

console.log(ctx.createImageData(100, 100)); 
// ImageData { width: 100, height: 100, data: Uint8ClampedArray[40000] }


Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'CanvasRenderingContext2D.createImageData' in that specification.
Living Standard  

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

Compatibility notes

  • Starting with (Firefox 5.0 / Thunderbird 5.0 / SeaMonkey 2.2):
    • createImageData() now correctly return at least one pixel's worth of image data if a rectangle smaller than one pixel is specified.
    • Specifying non-finite values when calling createImageData() now properly throws a NOT_SUPPORTED_ERR exception.
    • createImageData() now handle negative arguments in accordance with the specification, by flipping the rectangle around the appropriate axis.

See also

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