Convert Polygon to Path Data

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I’ve had to do this a few times recently so I thought I’d save the method. StackOverflow has a method that works great:


function convertPolyToPath(poly){
  var svgNS = poly.ownerSVGElement.namespaceURI;
  var path = document.createElementNS(svgNS,'path');
  var points = poly.getAttribute('points').split(/\s+|,/);
  var x0=points.shift(), y0=points.shift();
  var pathdata = 'M'+x0+','+y0+'L'+points.join(' ');
  if (poly.tagName=='polygon') pathdata+='z';


Michael Schofield made a Pen to do it quick:

See the Pen Convert SVG Polygon to Path by Michael Schofield (@michaelschofield) on CodePen.

You put your own Polygon in the SVG above and then it gets replaced by a path in the DOM. You can DevTools inspect to get out the path data.

The purpose is, for example, you’re trying to animate from a shape with straight lines to a shape with curved lines. SVG software tools will output the former as a polygon, which is a different type of data that can’t animate natively to the path syntax.