A two-dimensional drawing api meant for modern browsers. It is renderer agnostic enabling the same api to render in multiple contexts: webgl, canvas2d, and svg.

Code Quality Rank: L1
Monthly Downloads: 0
Programming language: JavaScript
License: MIT License
Tags: Data Visualization     D3     SVG     DOM     Visualization     Webgl     Animation     Motiongraphics     Rendering     Canvas2d     W3c    
Latest version: v0.7.0

two.js alternatives and similar libraries

Based on the "d3" category.
Alternatively, view two.js alternatives based on common mentions on social networks and blogs.

Do you think we are missing an alternative of two.js or a related project?

Add another 'd3' Library



NPM Package Build Size NPM Downloads Language Grade

A two-dimensional drawing api meant for modern browsers. It is renderer agnostic enabling the same api to render in multiple contexts: webgl, canvas2d, and svg.

HomeReleasesExamplesDocumentation • Change LogHelp


Download the latest minified library and include it in your html.

<script src="js/two.min.js"></script>

It can also be installed via npm, Node Package Manager:

npm install --save two.js

Alternatively see how to build the library yourself.

Here is boilerplate html in order to draw a spinning rectangle in two.js:

<!doctype html>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <script src="js/two.min.js"></script>
      var two = new Two({
        fullscreen: true,
        autostart: true
      var rect = two.makeRectangle(two.width / 2, two.height / 2, 50 ,50);
      two.bind('update', function() {
        rect.rotation += 0.001;

Custom Build

Two.js uses nodejs in order to build source files. You'll first want to install that. Once installed open up a terminal and head to the repository folder:

cd ~/path-to-repo/two.js
npm install

This will give you a number of libraries that the development of Two.js relies on. If for instance you only use the SvgRenderer then you can really cut down on the file size by excluding the other renderers. To do this, modify /utils/build.js to only add the files you'd like. Then run:

node ./utils/build

And the resulting /build/two.js and /build/two.min.js will be updated to your specification.

Running in Headless Environments

As of version v0.7.x Two.js can also run in a headless environment, namely running on the server with the help of a library called Node Canvas. We don't add Node Canvas to dependencies of Two.js because it's not necessary to run it in the browser. However, it has all the hooks setup to run in a cloud environment. To get started follow the installation instructions on Automattic's readme. After you've done that run:

npm install canvas
npm install two.js

Now in a JavaScript file setup your Two.js scenegraph and save out frames whenever you need to:

var { createCanvas, Image } = require('canvas');
var Two = require('two.js')

var fs = require('fs');
var path = require('path');

var width = 800;
var height = 600;

var canvas = createCanvas(width, height);
Two.Utils.shim(canvas, Image);

var time = Date.now();

var two = new Two({
  width: width,
  height: height,
  domElement: canvas

var rect = two.makeRectangle(width / 2, height / 2, 50, 50);
rect.fill = 'rgb(255, 100, 100)';


var settings = { compressionLevel: 3, filters: canvas.PNG_FILTER_NONE };
fs.writeFileSync(path.resolve(__dirname, './images/rectangle.png'), canvas.toBuffer('image/png', settings));
console.log('Finished rendering. Time took: ', Date.now() - time);


Change Log

Two.js has been in operation since 2012. For a full list of changes from its first alpha version built with Three.js to the most up-to-date tweaks. Check out the wiki [here](./wiki/change-log).