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The PaintWorklet interface of the CSS Painting API programmatically generates an image where a CSS property expects a file. Access this interface through CSS.paintWorklet.


Returns the current device's ratio of physical pixels to logical pixels.

Event handlers



This interface inherits methods from Worklet.

Registers a class programmatically generate an image where a CSS property expects a file.
The addModule() method, inhertied from the Worklet interface loads the module in the given JavaScript file and adds it to the current PaintWorklet.


The following three examples go together to show creating, loading, and using a PaintWorklet.

Create a PaintWorklet

The following shows an example worklet module. This should be in a separate js file. Note that registerPaint() is called without a reference to PaintWorklet.

class CheckerboardPainter {
  paint(ctx, geom, properties) {
    // Use `ctx` as if it was a normal canvas
    const colors = ['red', 'green', 'blue'];
    const size = 32;
    for(let y = 0; y < geom.height/size; y++) {
      for(let x = 0; x < geom.width/size; x++) {
        const color = colors[(x + y) % colors.length];
        ctx.fillStyle = color;
        ctx.rect(x * size, y * size, size, size);

// Register our class under a specific name
registerPaint('checkerboard', CheckerboardPainter);

Load a PaintWorklet

The following example demonstrates loading the above worklet from its js file and does so by feature detection.

  if ('paintWorklet' in CSS) {

Use a PaintWorklet

This example shows how to use a PaintWorklet in a stylesheet, including the simplest way to provide a fallback if PaintWorklet isn't supported. 

  textarea {
    background-image: url(checkerboard);
    background-image: paint(checkerboard);

You can also use the @supports at-rule.

@supports (background: paint(id)) {
  background-image: paint(checkerboard);


Specification Status Comment
CSS Painting API Level 1
The definition of 'PaintWorkletGlobalScope' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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See also