android – Canvas.clipPath(Path) not clipping as expected-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I’m trying to clip a canvas drawing operation to an arc-shaped wedge. However, I’m not getting the intended result after setting the clipping path to the canvas.

For illustration, here is what I’m doing:

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//Move to point #1
path.moveTo(rect.centerX(), rect.centerY());

//Per the documentation, this will draw a connecting line from the current
//position to the starting position of the arc (at 0 degrees), add the arc
//and my current position now lies at #2.
path.arcTo(rect, 0, -30);

//This should then close the path, finishing back at the center point (#3)

This works, and when I simply draw this path (canvas.drawPath(path, paint)) it draws the wedge as shown above. However, when I set this path as the canvas’s clipping path and draw into it:

//I've tried it with and without the Region.Op parameter
canvas.clipPath(path, Region.Op.REPLACE);

I get the following result instead (the wedge is left just to show reference):

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So it instead seems to clip to the bounding rect of the Path, and not the Path itself. Any ideas what’s happening here?

EDIT Just as an update, I’ve found a much more efficient way of doing this that allows for hardware acceleration. First, draw the entire image (that you’d be clipping) into an offscreen bitmap. Make a BitmapShader using this Bitmap, set that shader to a Paint, then draw the wedge path using that Paint object:

Shader shader = new BitmapShader(bitmap, Shader.TileMode.CLAMP, Shader.TileMode.CLAMP);
Paint paint = new Paint(Paint.ANTI_ALIAS_FLAG);

public void onDraw(Canvas canvas) {
    canvas.drawArc(rect,         //The rectangle bounding the circle
                   startAngle,   //The angle (CW from 3 o'clock) to start
                   sweepAngle,   //The angle (CW from 3 o'clock) of the arc
                   true,         //Boolean of whether to draw a filled arc (wedge)
                   paint         //The paint with the shader attached
How to solve:

Are you using HC or above or otherwise using hardware acceleration?

If so, clipPath is unsupported and problematic.


OP’s question is specifically about using a clipping region and has been answered by @Simon. Bear in mind, however, that there’s a more straightforward way of drawing a filled arc:

Create a Paint:

mPaint = new Paint();

When drawing, simply draw the path:

canvas.drawPath(path, mPaint);

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