LinearGradientBrush class

Paints an area with a linear gradient.




public sealed class LinearGradientBrush : GradientBrush

<LinearGradientBrush ...>

XAML Values


One or more GradientStop object elements. Object elements defined here become members of the collection when code accesses the GradientStops property at run time.


The LinearGradientBrush class has these types of members:


The LinearGradientBrush class has these constructors.

LinearGradientBrush Initializes a new instance of the LinearGradientBrush class.
LinearGradientBrush(GradientStopCollection,Double) Initializes a new instance of the LinearGradientBrush class that has the specified GradientStopCollection and angle.



The LinearGradientBrush class has these methods. It also inherits methods from the Object class.

ClearValue Clears the local value of a dependency property. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
GetAnimationBaseValue Returns any base value established for a dependency property, which would apply in cases where an animation is not active. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
GetValue Returns the current effective value of a dependency property from a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
ReadLocalValue Returns the local value of a dependency property, if a local value is set. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
RegisterPropertyChangedCallback Registers an instance-specific property value for a property-changed notification that comes from the core property system. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
SetValue Sets the local value of a dependency property on a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
UnregisterPropertyChangedCallback Cancels a change notification that was previously registered by calling RegisterPropertyChangedCallback. (Inherited from DependencyObject)



The LinearGradientBrush class has these properties.

PropertyAccess typeDescription


Read/writeGets or sets a ColorInterpolationMode enumeration value that specifies how the gradient's colors are interpolated. (Inherited from GradientBrush)


Read-onlyGets the CoreDispatcher that this object is associated with. The CoreDispatcher represents a facility that can access the DependencyObject on the UI thread even if the code is initiated by a non-UI thread. (Inherited from DependencyObject)


Read/writeGets or sets the ending two-dimensional coordinates of the linear gradient.


Read-onlyIdentifies the EndPoint dependency property.


Read/writeGets or sets the brush's gradient stops. (Inherited from GradientBrush)


Read/writeGets or sets a BrushMappingMode enumeration value that specifies whether the positioning coordinates of the gradient brush are absolute or relative to the output area. (Inherited from GradientBrush)


Read/writeGets or sets the degree of opacity of a Brush. (Inherited from Brush)


Read/writeGets or sets the transformation that is applied to the brush using relative coordinates. (Inherited from Brush)


Read/writeGets or sets the type of spread method that specifies how to draw a gradient that starts or ends inside the bounds of the object to be painted. (Inherited from GradientBrush)


Read/writeGets or sets the starting two-dimensional coordinates of the linear gradient.


Read-onlyIdentifies the StartPoint dependency property.


Read/writeGets or sets the transformation that is applied to the brush. (Inherited from Brush)



LinearGradientBrush is a type of Brush that is used for many possible UI properties that use a Brush to fill some or all of an object's visual area in app UI. Examples of some of the most commonly-used properties that use a Brush value include: Control.Background, Control.Foreground, Shape.Fill, Control.BorderBrush, Panel.Background, TextBlock.Foreground. LinearGradientBrush is an alternative to the more commonly used SolidColorBrush type.

The StartPoint and EndPoint properties of LinearGradientBrush describe two points in a relative coordinate space. This creates an orientation for the gradient, and typically this specifies a horizontal gradient, or a vertical gradient. A diagonal gradient can also be used. A LinearGradientBrush typically has two or more GradientStop values for the GradientStops property (an ordered collection). Each GradientStop specifies a Color and an Offset. Offset represents a position between 0 (the StartPoint) and 1 (the EndPoint) along the gradient, and the actual pixel length of the brush and its gradient are adjusted based on the UI where you apply your LinearGradientBrush as a value. For more info on how Offset values are defined and how Offset, StartPoint and EndPoint are related, see Use brushes. It's common to use

You can use the Transparent value for one of the GradientStop colors. Although this doesn't visually apply any changes to UI (it's transparent), that point is detectable for hit-testing purposes. For more info on hit testing, see "Hit testing" section of Mouse interactions.

The GradientStop values of a LinearGradientBrush can be animated as part of transitions or decorative animations. Use one of the dedicated animation types that can animate a Color value. This usually involves having .(GradientStop.Color) be a part of a longer property path for a Storyboard.TargetProperty value. For more info on property targeting and how to animate properties that use Brush values, see Storyboarded animations.

Brushes as XAML resources

Each of the Brush types that can be declared in XAML (SolidColorBrush, LinearGradientBrush, ImageBrush) is intended to be defined as a resource, so that you can reuse that brush as a resource throughout your app. The XAML syntax shown for Brush types is appropriate for defining the brush as a resource. When you declare a brush as a resource, you also need an x:Key attribute that you'll later use to refer to that resource from other UI definitions. For more info on XAML resources and how to use x:Key attribute, see ResourceDictionary and XAML resource references.

The advantage of declaring brushes as resources is that it reduces the number of runtime objects that are needed to construct a UI: the brush is now shared as a common resource that's providing values for multiple parts of the object graph.

If you look at the existing control template definitions for Windows Runtime XAML controls, you'll see that the templates use brush resources extensively (although these are usually SolidColorBrush, not LinearGradientBrush). Many of these resources are system resources, and they use the {ThemeResource} markup extension for the resource reference rather than {StaticResource} markup extension. For more info on how to use system resource brushes in your own control template XAML, see XAML theme resources.


This example creates a linear gradient with four colors and uses it to paint a Rectangle.

  <!-- This rectangle is painted with a vertical linear gradient. -->
  <Rectangle Width="200" Height="100">
      <LinearGradientBrush StartPoint="0.5,0" EndPoint="0.5,1">
        <GradientStop Color="Yellow" Offset="0.0" />
        <GradientStop Color="Red" Offset="0.25" />
        <GradientStop Color="Blue" Offset="0.75" />
        <GradientStop Color="LimeGreen" Offset="1.0" />

This illustration shows the resulting gradient. The gradient axis is marked with a dashed line and the gradient stops are marked with circles.

Gradient axis for a vertical gradient

Requirements (Windows 10 device family)

Device family

Universal, introduced version 10.0.10240.0

API contract

Windows.Foundation.UniversalApiContract, introduced version 1.0


Windows::UI::Xaml::Media [C++]



Requirements (Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x)

Minimum supported client

Windows 8 [Windows Store apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012 [Windows Store apps only]

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8.1 [Windows Runtime apps only]


Windows::UI::Xaml::Media [C++]





See also

Use brushes
ResourceDictionary and XAML resource references



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