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Pure Javascript alternative to path.getPointAtLength(t) and getTotalLength() functions. Works with C...

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Pure Javascript alternative to getPointAtLength(t) and getTotalLength() functions. Works with Canvas objects and when Node

JavaScript can access to path elements properties in a browser, such as its length and the point at a given length. Unfortunately, this can't be achieved using a Canvas element or when working with node. This library can be used to replace this need. It has no dependencies on other JavaScript libraries.


To use with npm, just type

npm install svg-path-properties

You can use it int he browser directly by including svg-path-properties.min.js from the dist directory


The available methods are:

const path = require("svg-path-properties");
const properties = new path.svgPathProperties("M0,100 Q50,-50 100,100 T200,100");
const length = properties.getTotalLength();
const point = properties.getPointAtLength(200);
const tangent = properties.getTangentAtLength(200);
const allProperties = properties.getPropertiesAtLength(200);
const parts = properties.getParts();


const path = require("svg-path-properties");
const properties = new path.svgPathProperties("M0,100 Q50,-50 100,100 T200,100");

Including it from an import:

import { svgPathProperties } from "svg-path-properties";
const properties = new svgPathProperties("M0,100 Q50,-50 100,100 T200,100");

Including the script in the browser

Once the script tag has been included,

const properties = new svgPathProperties.svgPathProperties("M0,100 Q50,-50 100,100 T200,100");

Using new

Since svgPathProperties is a class, using new is the correct way to initilize it. For backwards compatibility reasons, the object can be get without it:

const properties = svgPathProperties("M0,100 Q50,-50 100,100 T200,100");

Some usage examples


The TypeScript declaration file is available too, since version 0.5.0 From version 1.0.0, the whole library has been rewritten using TypeScript, and the types are auto-generated.


Some parts of the code are taken from other libraries or questions at StackOverflow:

For Bézier curves:

  • Arc elements calculation:

For path parsing:


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