The <clipPath> SVG element defines a clipping path, to be used by the clip-path property.

A clipping path restricts the region to which paint can be applied. Conceptually, parts of the drawing that lie outside of the region bounded by the clipping path are not drawn.

<svg viewBox="0 0 100 100">
  <clipPath id="myClip">
      Everything outside the circle will be
      clipped and therefore invisible.
    <circle cx="40" cy="35" r="35" />

  <!-- The original black heart, for reference -->
  <path id="heart" d="M10,30 A20,20,0,0,1,50,30 A20,20,0,0,1,90,30 Q90,60,50,90 Q10,60,10,30 Z" />

    Only the portion of the red heart
    inside the clip circle is visible.
  <use clip-path="url(#myClip)" xlink:href="#heart" fill="red" />
/* With a touch of CSS for browsers who *
 * implemented the r Geometry Property. */

@keyframes openYourHeart {from {r: 0} to {r: 60px}}

#myClip circle {
  animation: openYourHeart 15s infinite;

A clipping path is conceptually equivalent to a custom viewport for the referencing element. Thus, it affects the rendering of an element, but not the element's inherent geometry. The bounding box of a clipped element (meaning, an element which references a <clipPath> element via a clip-path property, or a child of the referencing element) must remain the same as if it were not clipped.

By default, pointer-events are not dispatched on clipped regions. For example, a circle with a radius of 10 which is clipped to a circle with a radius of 5 will not receive "click" events outside the smaller radius.


Defines the coordinate system for the contents of the <clipPath> element.
Value typeuserSpaceOnUse|objectBoundingBox ; Default value: userSpaceOnUse; Animatable: yes

Global attributes

Usage notes

Permitted contentAny number of the following elements, in any order:
Animation elements
Descriptive elements
Shape elements
<text>, <use>


Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser