CanvasRenderingContext2D.quadraticCurveTo()

The CanvasRenderingContext2D.quadraticCurveTo() method of the Canvas 2D API adds a quadratic Bézier curve to the current sub-path. It requires two points: the first one is a control point and the second one is the end point. The starting point is the latest point in the current path, which can be changed using moveTo() before creating the quadratic Bézier curve.

Syntax

void ctx.quadraticCurveTo(cpx, cpy, x, y);

Parameters

cpx
The x-axis coordinate of the control point.
cpy
The y-axis coordinate of the control point.
x
The x-axis coordinate of the end point.
y
The y-axis coordinate of the end point.

Examples

How quadraticCurveTo works

This example shows how a quadratic Bézier curve is drawn.

HTML

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

JavaScript

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

// Quadratic Bézier curve
ctx.beginPath();
ctx.moveTo(50, 20);
ctx.quadraticCurveTo(230, 30, 50, 100);
ctx.stroke();

// Start and end points
ctx.fillStyle = 'blue';
ctx.beginPath();
ctx.arc(50, 20, 5, 0, 2 * Math.PI);   // Start point
ctx.arc(50, 100, 5, 0, 2 * Math.PI);  // End point
ctx.fill();

// Control point
ctx.fillStyle = 'red';
ctx.beginPath();
ctx.arc(230, 30, 5, 0, 2 * Math.PI);
ctx.fill();

Result

In this example, the control point is red and the start and end points are blue.

A simple quadratic curve

This example draws a simple quadratic Bézier curve using quadraticCurveTo().

HTML

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

JavaScript

The curve begins at the point specified by moveTo(): (20, 110). The control point is placed at (230, 150). The curve ends at (250, 20).

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

ctx.beginPath();
ctx.moveTo(20, 110);
ctx.quadraticCurveTo(230, 150, 250, 20);
ctx.stroke();

Result

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

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Basic supportChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes

Legend

Full support  
Full support

See also

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