HTML5 canvas based smooth signature drawing
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Latest commit 8d8dc5e Jan 15, 2017 @szimek Release 1.6.0-beta.1

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Signature Pad is a JavaScript library for drawing smooth signatures. It's HTML5 canvas based and uses variable width Bézier curve interpolation based on Smoother Signatures post by Square. It works in all modern desktop and mobile browsers and doesn't depend on any external libraries.



Demo works in desktop and mobile browsers. You can check out its source code for some tips on how to handle window resize and high DPI screens. You can also find more about the latter in HTML5 Rocks tutorial.


You can install the latest release using Bower - bower install signature_pad.

You can also download the latest release from GitHub releases page or go to the latest release tag (e.g. v1.5.2) and download signature_pad.js or signature_pad.min.js files directly.

The master branch can contain undocumented or backward compatibility breaking changes.



var canvas = document.querySelector("canvas");

var signaturePad = new SignaturePad(canvas);

// Returns signature image as data URL (see for the list of possible parameters)
signaturePad.toDataURL(); // save image as PNG
signaturePad.toDataURL("image/jpeg"); // save image as JPEG
signaturePad.toDataURL("image/svg+xml"); // save image as SVG

// Draws signature image from data URL

// Returns signature image as an array of point groups
const data = signaturePad.toData();

// Draws signature image from an array of point groups

// Clears the canvas

// Returns true if canvas is empty, otherwise returns false

// Unbinds all event handlers;

// Rebinds all event handlers


(float or function) Radius of a single dot.
(float) Minimum width of a line. Defaults to 0.5.
(float) Maximum width of a line. Defaults to 2.5.
(string) Color used to clear the background. Can be any color format accepted by context.fillStyle. Defaults to "rgba(0,0,0,0)" (transparent black). Use a non-transparent color e.g. "rgb(255,255,255)" (opaque white) if you'd like to save signatures as JPEG images.
(string) Color used to draw the lines. Can be any color format accepted by context.fillStyle. Defaults to "black".
(float) Weight used to modify new velocity based on the previous velocity. Defaults to 0.7.
(function) Callback when stroke begin.
(function) Callback when stroke end.

You can set options during initialization:

var signaturePad = new SignaturePad(canvas, {
    minWidth: 5,
    maxWidth: 10,
    penColor: "rgb(66, 133, 244)"

or during runtime:

var signaturePad = new SignaturePad(canvas);
signaturePad.minWidth = 5;
signaturePad.maxWidth = 10;
signaturePad.penColor = "rgb(66, 133, 244)";

Tips and tricks

Handling high DPI screens

To correctly handle canvas on low and high DPI screens one has to take devicePixelRatio into account and scale the canvas accordingly. This scaling is also necessary to properly display signatures loaded via SignaturePad#fromDataURL. Here's an example how it can be done:

function resizeCanvas() {
    var ratio =  Math.max(window.devicePixelRatio || 1, 1);
    canvas.width = canvas.offsetWidth * ratio;
    canvas.height = canvas.offsetHeight * ratio;
    canvas.getContext("2d").scale(ratio, ratio);
    signaturePad.clear(); // otherwise isEmpty() might return incorrect value

window.addEventListener("resize", resizeCanvas);

Instead of resize event you can listen to screen orientation change, if you're using this library only on mobile devices. You can also throttle the resize event - you can find some examples on this MDN page.

When you modify width or height of a canvas, it will be automatically cleared by the browser. SignaturePad doesn't know about it by itself, so you can call signaturePad.clear() to make sure that signaturePad.isEmpty() returns correct value in this case.

This clearing of the canvas by the browser can be annoying, especially on mobile devices e.g. when screen orientation is changed. There are a few workarounds though, e.g. you can lock screen orientation, or read an image from the canvas before resizing it and write the image back after.

Handling data URI encoded images on the server side

If you are not familiar with data URI scheme, you can read more about it on Wikipedia.

There are 2 ways you can handle data URI encoded images.

You could simply store it in your database as a string and display it in HTML like this:

<img src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0K..." />

but this way has many disadvantages - it's not easy to get image dimensions, you can't manipulate it e.g. to create a thumbnail and it also has some performance issues on mobile devices.

Thus, more common way is to decode it and store as a file. Here's an example in Ruby:

require "base64"

data_uri = "data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0K..."
encoded_image = data_uri.split(",")[1]
decoded_image = Base64.decode64(encoded_image)"signature.png", "wb") { |f| f.write(decoded_image) }

Here's an example in PHP:

$data_uri = "data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0K...";
$encoded_image = explode(",", $data_uri)[1];
$decoded_image = base64_decode($encoded_image);
file_put_contents("signature.png", $decoded_image);

Removing empty space around a signature

If you'd like to remove (trim) empty space around a signature, you can do it on the server side or the client side. On the server side you can use e.g. ImageMagic and its trim option: convert -trim input.jpg output.jpg. If you don't have access to the server, or just want to trim the image before submitting it to the server, you can do it on the client side as well. There are a few examples how to do it, e.g. here or here and there's also a tiny library that provides this functionality.

Drawing over an image



Released under the MIT License.