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The CanvasRenderingContext2D.createRadialGradient() method of the Canvas 2D API creates a radial gradient given by the coordinates of the two circles represented by the parameters. This method returns a CanvasGradient.


CanvasGradient ctx.createRadialGradient(x0, y0, r0, x1, y1, r1);


The x axis of the coordinate of the start circle.
The y axis of the coordinate of the start circle.
The radius of the start circle.
The x axis of the coordinate of the end circle.
The y axis of the coordinate of the end circle.
The radius of the end circle.

Return value

A radial CanvasGradient initialized with the two specified circles.


Using the createRadialGradient method

This is just a simple code snippet which uses the createRadialGradient method to create a CanvasGradient with the specified start and end circles. Once created, you can use the CanvasGradient.addColorStop() method to define new stops on the gradient with specified offsets and colors. The gradient gets applied if you set it as the current fillStyle and gets drawn onto the canvas when using the fillRect() method, for example.


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


var canvas = document.getElementById('canvas');
var ctx = canvas.getContext('2d');

var gradient = ctx.createRadialGradient(100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 0);
gradient.addColorStop(0, 'white');
gradient.addColorStop(1, 'green');
ctx.fillStyle = gradient;
ctx.fillRect(0, 0, 200, 200);

Edit the code below and see your changes update live in the canvas:

Playable code
<canvas id="canvas" width="400" height="200" class="playable-canvas"></canvas>
<div class="playable-buttons">
  <input id="edit" type="button" value="Edit" />
  <input id="reset" type="button" value="Reset" />
<textarea id="code" class="playable-code">
var gradient = ctx.createRadialGradient(100,100,100,100,100,0);
ctx.fillStyle = gradient;
var canvas = document.getElementById("canvas");
var ctx = canvas.getContext("2d");
var textarea = document.getElementById("code");
var reset = document.getElementById("reset");
var edit = document.getElementById("edit");
var code = textarea.value;

function drawCanvas() {
  ctx.clearRect(0, 0, canvas.width, canvas.height);

reset.addEventListener("click", function() {
  textarea.value = code;

edit.addEventListener("click", function() {

textarea.addEventListener("input", drawCanvas);
window.addEventListener("load", drawCanvas);


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

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?

Gecko-specific notes

  • Starting Gecko 2.0 (Firefox 4 / Thunderbird 3.3 / SeaMonkey 2.1), specifying non-finite values now throws NOT_SUPPORTED_ERR instead of SYNTAX_ERR.
  • Starting Gecko 5.0 (Firefox 5.0 / Thunderbird 5.0 / SeaMonkey 2.2), specifying a negative radius correctly throws INDEX_SIZE_ERR.

See also

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