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Canvas Elements is a library of commonly used components for HTML5 canvas made easy to use with JavaScript and Node.js. It wraps the structure and the styling of elements into one which makes it easy to create new elements on the canvas.


Using NPM

To use Canvas Elements in Node.js, install the npm package by using the command below.

npm install canvas-elements

Using CDN

The project also includes a minified CDN file in the build/cdn directory of the project.

Using the library

Using Node

var CanvasElements = require('canvas-elements');
// All elements are in CanvasElements object. Example: CanvasElements.Circle, CanvasElements.Text
// Using ES6 import, specifically choose elements that you need
import { Circle, Text } from 'canvas-elements';

Note: If you are using ES6 import, ignore CanvasElements object in the following documentation.

Using CDN

CDN exposes a CanvasElements object to the window which contains the constructors of all the elements.

var circle = new CanvasElements.Circle({
   // options

Example usage

This example program creates a circle with blue rounded rectangle which has 'Hello Canvas' text at the center.
Check it on JSFiddle

var canvas = document.getElementsByTagName('canvas')[0]; // Get the canvas element reference
var ctx = canvas.getContext('2d'); // Get context of the canvas
// Create a circle
var circle = new CanvasElements.Circle({
  x: 80,
  y: 80,
  r: 60,
  background: 'white',
  borderWidth: 4,
  borderColor: '#000',
  ctx: ctx
// Creates a blue rounded rectangle 
var text = new CanvasElements.Rect({
  x: 25,
  y: 63,
  r: 20,
  w: 110,
  h: 30,
  background: '#03a9f4',
  ctx: ctx
// Create 'Hello Canvas' text
var text = new CanvasElements.Text({
  x: 80,
  y: 80,
  background: '#ffffff',
  text: 'Hello Canvas',
  size: 16,
  align: 'center',
  baseline: 'middle',
  weight: '600',
  ctx: ctx

Options Reference

All the elements constructors take options object which allows you to configure the structure and style of the element.

Common options

These options are common between all the elements included in the library.

Option Type Description
x number (required) X coordinate of the element in canvas
y number (required) Y coordinate of the element in canvas
ctx CanvasRenderingContext2D (required) Context of the canvas to which the element must be drawn
background string (optional) Fill color. Eg. #6ddad0, rgba(20, 30, 40, 0.5)
borderWidth number (optional) Thickness of the border
borderColor string (optional) Color of the border
rotation number (optional) Rotation of the element in radians. Center is geometric center for shapes and starting coordinates for Text element


Some exclusive options for Circle element.

Option Type Description
r number (required) Radius of the circle

Rect (Rectangle)

Some exclusive options for Rect element to create rectangles.

Option Type Description
w number (required) Width of the rectangle
h number (required) Height of the rectangle
r number (optional) Roundness of every corner. Same as border-radius CSS property


Some exclusive options for Ellipse element.

Option Type Description
radiusX number (required) Horizontal radius of the ellipse
radiusY number (required) Vertical radius of the ellipse


Some exclusive options for Line element.

Option Type Description
x2 number (optional) Ending x coordinate of the line
y2 number (optional) Ending y coordinate of the line
r number (optional) Distance from (x, y) for Polar system
angle number (optional) Angle from the horizontal axis in radians (Clockwise is positive) for Polar system
lineCap string (optional) Style for the ends of the line. Takes values square (default), round, butt


Some exclusive options for Text element to render text.

Option Type Description
text string (required) Text to be shown
size number (required) Font size
font string (optional) Font family
align string (optional) Horizontal text alignment
baseline string (optional) Vertical text alignment
weight string (optional) Text weight


To contribute to the development of this project, you must first fork this project into your own account. Make sure you have a recent version of Node.js installed. Then follow the given commands

git clone
cd canvas-elements
npm install

The source code is located in the src folder. Once the project is built or bundled, build directory would be created which contains the code for distribution.

To run the development server

Playground is included in the project in playground directory. This is used to test features of Canvas Elements during development. Do not commit changes in playground.

npm run dev

This will start a live development server on port 3030.

To build the project

npm run build

To bundle and minify source

npm run bundle

Bundled CDN file would be located in build/cdn directory.


This project is under MIT License

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