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When two line segments meet at a sharp angle and miter joins have been specified for stroke-linejoin, it is possible for the miter to extend far beyond the thickness of the line stroking the path. The stroke-miterlimit imposes a limit on the ratio of the miter length to the stroke-width. When the limit is exceeded, the join is converted from a miter to a bevel.

The ratio of miter length (distance between the outer tip and the inner corner of the miter) to stroke-width is directly related to the angle (theta) between the segments in user space by the formula:

miterLength / stroke-width = 1 / sin ( theta / 2 )

For example, a miter limit of 1.414 converts miters to bevels for theta less than 90 degrees, a limit of 4.0 converts them for theta less than approximately 29 degrees, and a limit of 10.0 converts them for theta less than approximately 11.5 degrees.

Usage context

Categories Presentation attribute
Value <miterlimit> | inherit
Initial value 4
Animatable Yes
Normative document SVG 1.1 (2nd Edition)
The limit on the ratio of the miter length to the stroke-width. The value of <miterlimit> must be a <number> greater than or equal to 1.


<?xml version="1.0"?>
<svg width="120" height="500"
     viewBox="0 0 120 500" version="1.1"

    <polyline stroke-linejoin="miter"
              points="-20,500 60,60 140,500"
              fill="none" />

    <polyline stroke-linejoin="miter"
              points="-20,700 60,260 140,700"
              fill="none" />

    <path d="M-20,500 L60,60 L140,500 
             M-20,700 L60,260 L140,700"
          stroke="white" fill="none" />

Live sample


The following elements can use the stroke-miterlimit attribute

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