To render text along the shape of a <path>, enclose the text in a <textPath> element that has an href attribute with a reference to the <path> element.

<svg viewBox="0 0 100 100" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">

  <!-- to hide the path, it is usually wrapped in a <defs> element -->
  <!-- <defs> -->
  <path id="MyPath" fill="none" stroke="red"
        d="M10,90 Q90,90 90,45 Q90,10 50,10 Q10,10 10,40 Q10,70 45,70 Q70,70 75,50" />
  <!-- </defs> -->

    <textPath href="#MyPath">
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The URL to the path or basic shape on which to render the text. If the path attribute is set, href has no effect.
Value type: <URL> ; Default value: none; Animatable: yes
Where length adjustment should be applied to the text: the space between glyphs, or both the space and the glyphs themselves.
Value type: spacing|spacingAndGlyphs; Default value: spacing; Animatable: yes
Which method to render individual glyphs along the path.
Value type: align|stretch ; Default value: align; Animatable: yes
The path on which the text should be rendered.
Value type: <path_data> ; Default value: none; Animatable: yes
Which side of the path the text should be rendered.
Value type: left|right ; Default value: left; Animatable: yes
How space between glyphs should be handled.
Value type: auto|exact ; Default value: exact; Animatable: yes
How far the beginning of the text should be offset from the beginning of the path.
Value type: <length>|<percentage>|<number> ; Default value: 0; Animatable: yes
The width of the space into which the text will render.
Value type: <length>|<percentage>|<number> ; Default value: auto; Animatable: yes

Global attributes

Core Attributes
Most notably: id, tabindex
Styling Attributes
class, style
Conditional Processing Attributes
Most notably: requiredExtensions, systemLanguage
Event Attributes
Global event attributes, Graphical event attributes
Presentation Attributes
Most notably: clip-path, clip-rule, color, color-interpolation, color-rendering, cursor, display, fill, fill-opacity, fill-rule, filter, mask, opacity, pointer-events, shape-rendering, stroke, stroke-dasharray, stroke-dashoffset, stroke-linecap, stroke-linejoin, stroke-miterlimit, stroke-opacity, stroke-width, transform, vector-effect, visibility
ARIA Attributes
aria-activedescendant, aria-atomic, aria-autocomplete, aria-busy, aria-checked, aria-colcount, aria-colindex, aria-colspan, aria-controls, aria-current, aria-describedby, aria-details, aria-disabled, aria-dropeffect, aria-errormessage, aria-expanded, aria-flowto, aria-grabbed, aria-haspopup, aria-hidden, aria-invalid, aria-keyshortcuts, aria-label, aria-labelledby, aria-level, aria-live, aria-modal, aria-multiline, aria-multiselectable, aria-orientation, aria-owns, aria-placeholder, aria-posinset, aria-pressed, aria-readonly, aria-relevant, aria-required, aria-roledescription, aria-rowcount, aria-rowindex, aria-rowspan, aria-selected, aria-setsize, aria-sort, aria-valuemax, aria-valuemin, aria-valuenow, aria-valuetext, role
XLink Attributes

Usage notes

CategoriesText content element, Text content child element
Permitted contentCharacter data and any number of the following elements, in any order:
Descriptive elements
<a>, <altGlyph>, <animate>, <animateColor>, <set>, <tref>, <tspan>


Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
The definition of '<textPath>' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of '<textPath>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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