<text>

The SVG <text> element draws a graphics element consisting of text. It's possible to apply a gradient, pattern, clipping path, mask, or filter to <text>, like any other SVG graphics element.

If text is included in SVG not inside of a <text> element, it is not rendered. This is different than being hidden by default, as setting the display property won't show the text.

<svg viewBox="0 0 240 80" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">
  <style>
    .small { font: italic 13px sans-serif; }
    .heavy { font: bold 30px sans-serif; }

    /* Note that the color of the text is set with the    *
     * fill property, the color property is for HTML only */
    .Rrrrr { font: italic 40px serif; fill: red; }
  </style>

  <text x="20" y="35" class="small">My</text>
  <text x="40" y="35" class="heavy">cat</text>
  <text x="55" y="55" class="small">is</text>
  <text x="65" y="55" class="Rrrrr">Grumpy!</text>
</svg>

Attributes

x
The x coordinate of the starting point of the text baseline.
Value type: <length>|<percentage> ; Default value: 0; Animatable: yes
y
The y coordinate of the starting point of the text baseline.
Value type: <length>|<percentage> ; Default value: 0; Animatable: yes
dx
Shifts the text position horizontally from a previous text element.
Value type: <length>|<percentage> ; Default value: none; Animatable: yes
dy
Shifts the text position vertically from a previous text element.
Value type: <length>|<percentage> ; Default value: none; Animatable: yes
rotate
Rotates orientation of each individual glyph. Can rotate glyphs individually.
Value type: <list-of-number> ; Default value: none; Animatable: yes
lengthAdjust
How the text is stretched or compressed to fit the width defined by the textLength attribute.
Value type: spacing|spacingAndGlyphs; Default value: spacing; Animatable: yes
textLength
A width that the text should be scaled to fit.
Value type<length>|<percentage> ; Default value: none; 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, dominant-baseline, 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, text-anchor, 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

Usage notes

CategoriesGraphics element, Text content element
Permitted contentCharacter data and any number of the following elements, in any order:
Animation elements
Descriptive elements
Text content elements
<a>

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
textChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1.5IE Full support 9Opera Full support 8Safari Full support 3WebView Android Full support 3Chrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support 3Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes
dxChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes
dyChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes
lengthAdjustChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes
rotateChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes
textLengthChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support 11Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes
xChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes
yChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes

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