svg.path is a collection of objects that implement the different path commands in SVG, and a parser for SVG path definitions.
There are four path segment objects,
QuadraticBezier.`There is also a
Path object that acts as a
collection of the path segment objects.
All coordinate values for these classes are given as
.real part represents the X coordinate, and the
representes the Y coordinate:
>>> from svg.path import Path, Line, Arc, CubicBezier, QuadraticBezier, Close
All of these objects have a
.point() function which will return the
coordinates of a point on the path, where the point is given as a floating
point value where
0.0 is the start of the path and
1.0 is the end.
You can calculate the length of a Path or it's segments with the
.length() function. For CubicBezier and Arc segments this is done by
geometric approximation and for this reason may be very slow. You can
make it faster by passing in an
error option to the method. If you
don't pass in error, it defaults to
>>> CubicBezier(300+100j, 100+100j, 200+200j, 200+300j).length(error=1e-5) 297.2208145656899
CubicBezier and Arc also has a
min_depth option that specifies the
minimum recursion depth. This is set to 5 by default, resulting in using a
minimum of 32 segments for the calculation. Setting it to 0 is a bad idea for
CubicBeziers, as they may become approximated to a straight line.
QuadraticBezier.length() also takes these
parameters, but they are ignored.
CubicBezier and QuadraticBezier also has
methods, that check if the segment is a "smooth" segment compared to the
There is also a
parse_path() function that will take an SVG path definition
and return a
>>> from svg.path import parse_path >>> parse_path('M 100 100 L 300 100') Path(Move(to=(100+100j)), Line(start=(100+100j), end=(300+100j)))
These are the SVG path segment classes. See the SVG specifications for more information on what each parameter means.
Arc(start, radius, rotation, arc, sweep, end)
QuadraticBezier(start, control, end)
CubicBezier(start, control1, control2, end)
In addition to that, there is the
Path class, which is instantiated
with a sequence of path segments:
Path class is a mutable sequence, so it behaves like a list.
You can add to it and replace path segments etc:
>>> path = Path(Line(100+100j,300+100j), Line(100+100j,300+100j)) >>> path.append(QuadraticBezier(300+100j, 200+200j, 200+300j)) >>> path = Line(200+100j,300+100j) >>> del path
The path object also has a
d() method that will return the
SVG representation of the Path segments:
>>> path.d() 'M 200,100 L 300,100 Q 200,200 200,300'
This SVG path example draws a triangle:
>>> path1 = parse_path('M 100 100 L 300 100 L 200 300 z')
You can format SVG paths in many different ways, all valid paths should be accepted:
>>> path2 = parse_path('M100,100L300,100L200,300z')
And these paths should be equal:
>>> path1 == path2 True
You can also build a path from objects:
>>> path3 = Path(Line(100+100j,300+100j), Line(300+100j, 200+300j), Line(200+300j, 100+100j))
And it should again be equal to the first path:
>>> path1 == path2 True
Paths are mutable sequences, you can slice and append:
>>> path1.append(QuadraticBezier(300+100j, 200+200j, 200+300j)) >>> len(path1[2:]) == 3 True
Note that there is no protection against you creating paths that are invalid. You can for example have a Close command that doesn't end at the path start:
>>> wrong = Path(Line(100+100j,200+100j), Close(200+300j, 0))
- Reversing paths. They should then reasonably be drawn "backwards" meaning each path segment also needs to be reversed.
- Mathematical transformations might make sense.
- Verifying that paths are correct, or protection against creating incorrect paths.
This module is under a MIT License.