The SVGGraphicsElement.getBBox() allows us to determine the coordinates of the smallest rectangle in which the object fits. The coordinates returned are with respect to the current SVG space (after the application of all geometry attributes on all the elements contained in the target element).

Note: getBBox() must return the actual bounding box at the time the method was called—even in case the element has not yet been rendered. It also does not account for any transformation applied to the element or its parents.

getBBox returns different values than getBoundingClientRect(), as the latter returns value relative to the viewport


let bboxRect = object.getBBox();


Options This is an experimental API that should not be used in production code. Optional
An options dictionary used to control which parts of the element are included in the bounding box. The available options are:
A boolean value indicating that the fill should be included in the bounding box, defaults to true.
A boolean value indicating that the stroke should be included in the bounding box, defaults to false.
A boolean value indicating that the markers should be included in the bounding box, defaults to false.
A boolean value indicating that the bounding box should be clipped, defaults to false.

Return value

The returned value is a SVGRect object, which defines the bounding box. This value is irrespective of any transformation attribute applied to it or the parent elements.



<svg viewBox="0 0 200 200" xmlns="">
    <g id="group_text_1">
        <text x="5" y="16" transform="scale(2, 2)">Hello World!</text>
        <text x="8" y="32" transform="translate(0 20) scale(1.25 1)">Hello World Again!</text>
    <!-- Shows BBox in green -->
    <rect id="rect_1" stroke="#00ff00" stroke-width="3" fill="none"> </rect>
    <!-- Shows BoundingClientRect in red -->
    <rect id="rect_2" stroke="#ff0000" stroke-width="3" fill="none"></rect>


var rectBBox = document.querySelector('#rect_1');
var rectBoundingClientRect = document.querySelector('#rect_2');
var groupElement = document.querySelector('#group_text_1');

var bboxGroup = groupElement.getBBox();
rectBBox.setAttribute('x', bboxGroup.x);
rectBBox.setAttribute('y', bboxGroup.y);
rectBBox.setAttribute('width', bboxGroup.width);
rectBBox.setAttribute('height', bboxGroup.height);

var boundingClientRectGroup = groupElement.getBoundingClientRect();
rectBoundingClientRect.setAttribute('x', boundingClientRectGroup.x);
rectBoundingClientRect.setAttribute('y', boundingClientRectGroup.y);
rectBoundingClientRect.setAttribute('width', boundingClientRectGroup.width);
rectBoundingClientRect.setAttribute('height', boundingClientRectGroup.height);


Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of 'getBBox' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition (applies to SVG elements only).

See also