CanvasRenderingContext2D.direction

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Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The CanvasRenderingContext2D.direction property of the Canvas 2D API specifies the current text direction used when drawing text.

Syntax

ctx.direction = "ltr" || "rtl" || "inherit";

Options

Possible values:

ltr
The text direction is left-to-right.
rtl
The text direction is right-to-left.
inherit
The text direction is inherited from the <canvas> element or the Document as appropriate.

The default value is inherit.

Examples

Using the direction property

This is just a simple code snippet using the direction property to set a different text baseline setting.

HTML

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

JavaScript

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

ctx.font = '48px serif';
ctx.direction = 'ltr';
ctx.strokeText('Hello world', 0, 100);

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

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support
Experimental
Chrome Full support Yes
Disabled
Full support Yes
Disabled
Disabled This feature is behind the Experimental Web Platform Features preference. To change preferences in Chrome, visit chrome://flags.
Edge ? Firefox No support NoIE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile ? Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android No support NoSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes

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Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.

See also

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