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HTML <canvas> tag

The <canvas> element is used to draw graphics, animations etc using scripting (usually JavaScript).

The <canvas> element is only a container for graphics, you must use a script to actually draw the graphics.

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Browser compatibility

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the <canvas> element:

<canvas> 4 3.5 9 3.1 9


The following table shows the attributes that are specific to the <canvas> tag:

Attribute Value Description
height pixels Specifies the height of the canvas. Default is 150
width pixels Specifies the width of the canvas. Default is 300

Global Attributes

The <canvas> tag supports the global attributes described in HTML Global Attributes Reference

Event Attributes

The <canvas> tag supports the event attributes described in HTML Events Reference

More Examples

The following example draws text in canvas using javascript:

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Tags: <svg>

Last updated: Tuesday 18 Sep, 2018