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The CanvasRenderingContext2D method strokeText(), part of the Canvas 2D API, strokes — that is, draws the outlines of — the characters of a text string at the specified coordinates. An optional parameter allows specifying a maximum width for the rendered text, which the user agent will achieve by condensing the text or by using a lower font size.

This method draws directly to the canvas without modifying the current path, so any subsequent fill() or stroke() calls will have no effect on it.

Use the fillText() method to fill the text characters rather than having just their outlines drawn.

Syntax

CanvasRenderingContext2D.strokeText(text, x, y [, maxWidth]);

Parameters

text
A DOMString specifying the text string to render into the context. The text is rendered using the settings specified by font, textAlign, textBaseline, and direction.
x
The x-axis coordinate of the point at which to begin drawing the text.
y
The y-axis coordinate of the point at which to begin drawing the text.
maxWidth Optional

The maximum width the text may be once rendered. If not specified, there is no limit to the width of the text. However, if this value is provided, the user agent will adjust the kerning, select a more horizontally condensed font (if one is available or can be generated without loss of quality), or scale down to a smaller font size in order to fit the text in the specified width.

Return value

undefined.

Examples

Drawing text outlines

This example writes the words "Hello world" using the strokeText() method.

HTML

First, we need a canvas to draw into. This code creates a context 400 pixels wide and 150 pixels across.

<canvas id="canvas" width="400" height="150"></canvas>

JavaScript

The JavaScript code for this example follows.

const canvas = document.getElementById('canvas');
const ctx = canvas.getContext('2d');

ctx.font = '50px serif';
ctx.strokeText('Hello world', 50, 90);

This code obtains a reference to the <canvas>, then gets a reference to its 2D graphics context.

With that in hand, we set the font to 50-pixel-tall "serif" (the user's default serif font), then call strokeText() to draw the text "Hello world," starting at the coordinates (50, 90).

Result

Restricting the text size

This example writes the words "Hello world," restricting its width to 140 pixels.

HTML

<canvas id="canvas" width="400" height="150"></canvas>

JavaScript

const canvas = document.getElementById('canvas');
const ctx = canvas.getContext('2d');

ctx.font = '50px serif';
ctx.strokeText('Hello world', 50, 90, 140);

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'CanvasRenderingContext2D.strokeText' in that specification.
Living Standard  

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support 3.5IE Full support 9Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes

Legend

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Full support

See also

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