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Graphics.DrawRectangle Method (Pen, Int32, Int32, Int32, Int32)

Draws a rectangle specified by a coordinate pair, a width, and a height.

Namespace:  System.Drawing
Assembly:  System.Drawing (in System.Drawing.dll)

public void DrawRectangle(
	Pen pen,
	int x,
	int y,
	int width,
	int height


Type: System.Drawing.Pen

Pen that determines the color, width, and style of the rectangle.

Type: System.Int32

The x-coordinate of the upper-left corner of the rectangle to draw.

Type: System.Int32

The y-coordinate of the upper-left corner of the rectangle to draw.

Type: System.Int32

Width of the rectangle to draw.

Type: System.Int32

Height of the rectangle to draw.


pen is null.

For information about how to draw a RectangleF, see DrawRectangles(Pen, RectangleF[]).

The following code example is designed for use with Windows Forms, and it requires PaintEventArgs e, which is a parameter of the Paint event handler. The code performs the following actions:

  • Creates a black pen.

  • Creates the position and size of a rectangle.

  • Draws the rectangle to the screen.

public void DrawRectangleInt(PaintEventArgs e)

    // Create pen.
    Pen blackPen = new Pen(Color.Black, 3);

    // Create location and size of rectangle. 
    int x = 0;
    int y = 0;
    int width = 200;
    int height = 200;

    // Draw rectangle to screen.
    e.Graphics.DrawRectangle(blackPen, x, y, width, height);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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