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Graphics.DrawArc Method (Pen, Rectangle, Single, Single)

Draws an arc representing a portion of an ellipse specified by a Rectangle structure.

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

public void DrawArc(
	Pen pen,
	Rectangle rect,
	float startAngle,
	float sweepAngle


Type: System.Drawing.Pen
Pen that determines the color, width, and style of the arc.
Type: System.Drawing.Rectangle
RectangleF structure that defines the boundaries of the ellipse.
Type: System.Single
Angle in degrees measured clockwise from the x-axis to the starting point of the arc.
Type: System.Single
Angle in degrees measured clockwise from the startAngle parameter to ending point of the arc.


pen is null.

This method draws an arc that is a portion of the perimeter of an ellipse. The ellipse is defined by the boundaries of a rectangle. The arc is the portion of the perimeter of the ellipse between the startAngle parameter and the startAngle + sweepAngle parameters.

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 a rectangle to bound an ellipse.

  • Defines the start (45 degrees) and sweep (270 degrees) angles.

  • Draws the elliptical arc to the screen.

The result is a partial ellipse missing a segment between + and - 45 degrees of the x axis.

private void DrawArcRectangle(PaintEventArgs e)
   // Create pen.
    Pen blackPen= new Pen(Color.Black, 3);

    // Create rectangle to bound ellipse.
    Rectangle rect = new Rectangle(0, 0, 100, 200);

    // Create start and sweep angles on ellipse.
    float startAngle =  45.0F;
    float sweepAngle = 270.0F;

    // Draw arc to screen.
    e.Graphics.DrawArc(blackPen, rect, startAngle, sweepAngle);

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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