What are free libraries for Canvas in HTML5?

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If you need to add interactive elements to your website, then free libraries for Canvas can ease your work. Firstly, let’s discuss how to create a canvas in HTML5.

The HTML <canvas> tag is used to draw graphics, animations, etc. using scripting. The <canvas> tag introduced in HTML5.

You can try to run the following code, which creates a canvas in HTML5


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<!DOCTYPE html>
      <title>HTML5 Canvas Tag</title>
      <canvas id = "myCanvas"> </canvas>
         var c = document.getElementById('myCanvas');
         var ctx = c.getContext('2d');
         ctx.fillStyle = '#7cce2b';

Now, let us see which free libraries for Canvas in HTML5 can help in adding amazing effects to your website.


Fabric.js is a powerful JavaScript HTML5 canvas library, widely used to provide interactive object model on top of the canvas element.

Using Fabric.js, create and populate objects on canvas i.e. objects like simple geometrical shapes. Also, it’s easy to give a shape a gradient. Add text easily and dynamically manipulate the alignment, size, etc.


It is an open source vector graphics scripting framework, which runs on top of the HTML5 Canvas.

Paper.js provides a Document Object Model, easily create and populate a project with layers, groups, paths, etc. Create paths and add segments to them. Paths are a sequence of segments that are connected by curves.

The segments can be easily inspected, manipulated, and moved around after adding. You can also remove the segments easily. Also get methods to import and export vector graphics as SV


It is an open source JavaScript library, which visualizes your data in 8 different ways. It has great rendering performance across all modern browsers. Easily redraw charts on window resize for perfect scale granularity.

Chart.js provides in-built charts and these are easily extendable to custom charts. Built-in charts include line, bar, horizontal bar, scatter, bubble, etc.

Published on 07-Feb-2018 12:31:51