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The ellipse element is an SVG basic shape, used to create ellipses based on a center coordinate, and both their x and y radius.

Ellipses are unable to specify the exact orientation of the ellipse (if, for example, you wanted to draw an ellipse tilted at a 45 degree angle), but can be rotated by using the transform attribute.

Usage context

CategoriesBasic shape element, Graphics element, Shape element
Permitted contentAny number of the following elements, in any order:
Animation elements
Descriptive elements


Global attributes

Specific attributes

  • cx — The x position of the ellipse.
  • cy — The y position of the ellipse.
  • rx — The radius of the ellipse on the x axis.
  • ry — The radius of the ellipse on the y axis.

DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGEllipseElement interface.



<svg width="120" height="120" viewBox="0 0 120 120"

  <ellipse cx="60" cy="60" rx="50" ry="25"/>



Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
The definition of '<ellipse>' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Added auto value for rx and ry
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of '<ellipse>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 (Yes) 1.5 (1.8) 9.0 8.0 3.0.4
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 3.0 (Yes) 1.0 (1.8) No support (Yes) 3.0.4

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