The CanvasRenderingContext2D.strokeRect() method of the Canvas 2D API draws a rectangle that is stroked (outlined) according to the current strokeStyle and other context settings.

This method draws directly to the canvas without modifying the current path, so any subsequent fill() or stroke() calls will have no effect on it.

Syntax

void ctx.strokeRect(x, y, width, height);

The strokeRect() method draws a stroked rectangle whose starting point is at (x, y) and whose size is specified by width and height.

Parameters

x
The x-axis coordinate of the rectangle's starting point.
y
The y-axis coordinate of the rectangle's starting point.
width
The rectangle's width. Positive values are to the right, and negative to the left.
height
The rectangle's height. Positive values are down, and negative are up.

Examples

A simple stroked rectangle

This example draws a rectangle with a green outline using the strokeRect() method.

HTML

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

JavaScript

The rectangle's top-left corner is at (20, 10). It has a width of 160 and a height of 100.

const canvas = document.getElementById('canvas');
const ctx = canvas.getContext('2d');
ctx.strokeStyle = 'green';
ctx.strokeRect(20, 10, 160, 100);

Result

Applying various context settings

This example draws a rectangle with a drop shadow and thick, beveled outlines.

HTML

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

JavaScript

const canvas = document.getElementById('canvas');
const ctx = canvas.getContext('2d');
ctx.shadowColor = '#d53';
ctx.shadowBlur = 20;
ctx.lineJoin = 'bevel';
ctx.lineWidth = 15;
ctx.strokeStyle = '#38f';
ctx.strokeRect(30, 30, 160, 90);

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'CanvasRenderingContext2D.strokeRect' 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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