# CanvasRenderingContext2D: ellipse() method

## BaselineWidely available

This feature is well established and works across many devices and browser versions. It’s been available across browsers since July 2015.

The `CanvasRenderingContext2D.ellipse()` method of the Canvas 2D API adds an elliptical arc to the current sub-path.

## Syntax

js
``````ellipse(x, y, radiusX, radiusY, rotation, startAngle, endAngle)
``````

The `ellipse()` method creates an elliptical arc centered at `(x, y)` with the radii `radiusX` and `radiusY`. The path starts at `startAngle` and ends at `endAngle`, and travels in the direction given by `counterclockwise` (defaulting to clockwise).

### Parameters

`x`

The x-axis (horizontal) coordinate of the ellipse's center.

`y`

The y-axis (vertical) coordinate of the ellipse's center.

`radiusX`

The ellipse's major-axis radius. Must be non-negative.

`radiusY`

The ellipse's minor-axis radius. Must be non-negative.

`rotation`

The rotation of the ellipse, expressed in radians.

`startAngle`

The eccentric angle at which the ellipse starts, measured clockwise from the positive x-axis and expressed in radians.

`endAngle`

The eccentric angle at which the ellipse ends, measured clockwise from the positive x-axis and expressed in radians.

`counterclockwise` Optional

An optional boolean value which, if `true`, draws the ellipse counterclockwise (anticlockwise). The default value is `false` (clockwise).

## Examples

### Drawing a full ellipse

This example draws an ellipse at an angle of π/4 radians (45°). To make a full ellipse, the arc begins at an angle of 0 radians (0°), and ends at an angle of 2π radians (360°).

#### HTML

html
``````<canvas id="canvas" width="200" height="200"></canvas>
``````

#### JavaScript

js
``````const canvas = document.getElementById("canvas");
const ctx = canvas.getContext("2d");

// Draw the ellipse
ctx.beginPath();
ctx.ellipse(100, 100, 50, 75, Math.PI / 4, 0, 2 * Math.PI);
ctx.stroke();

// Draw the ellipse's line of reflection
ctx.beginPath();
ctx.setLineDash([5, 5]);
ctx.moveTo(0, 200);
ctx.lineTo(200, 0);
ctx.stroke();
``````

### Various elliptical arcs

This example creates three elliptical paths with varying properties.

#### HTML

html
``````<canvas id="canvas"></canvas>
``````

#### JavaScript

js
``````const canvas = document.getElementById("canvas");
const ctx = canvas.getContext("2d");

ctx.fillStyle = "red";
ctx.beginPath();
ctx.ellipse(60, 75, 50, 30, Math.PI * 0.25, 0, Math.PI * 1.5);
ctx.fill();

ctx.fillStyle = "blue";
ctx.beginPath();
ctx.ellipse(150, 75, 50, 30, Math.PI * 0.25, 0, Math.PI);
ctx.fill();

ctx.fillStyle = "green";
ctx.beginPath();
ctx.ellipse(240, 75, 50, 30, Math.PI * 0.25, 0, Math.PI, true);
ctx.fill();
``````

## Specifications

Specification
HTML Standard
# dom-context-2d-ellipse-dev

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