Imager::Font::Wrap - simple wrapped text output


  use Imager::Font::Wrap;

  my $img = Imager->new(xsize=>$xsize, ysize=>$ysize);

  my $font = Imager::Font->new(file=>$fontfile);

  my $string = "..."; # text with or without newlines

  Imager::Font::Wrap->wrap_text( image  => $img,
                                 font   => $font,
                                 string => $string,
                                 x      => $left,
                                 y      => $top,
                                 width  => $width,
                                 .... );


This is a simple text wrapper with options to control the layout of text within the line.

You can control the position, width and height of the text with the image, x, y, width and height options.

You can simply calculate space usage by setting image to undef, or set savepos to see how much text can fit within the given height.


Draw word-wrapped text.

  • x, y - The top-left corner of the rectangle the text is formatted into. Defaults to (0, 0).

  • width - The width of the formatted text in pixels. Defaults to the horizontal gap between the top-left corner and the right edge of the image. If no image is supplied then this is required.

  • height - The maximum height of the formatted text in pixels. Not required.

  • savepos - The amount of text consumed (as a count of characters) will be stored into the scalar this refers to.

      my $pagenum = 1;
      my $string = "...";
      my $font = ...;
      my $savepos;
      while (length $string) { 
        my $img = Imager->new(xsize=>$xsize, ysize=>$ysize);
        Imager::Font::Wrap->wrap_text(string=>$string, font=>$font, 
                                      image=>$img, savepos => \$savepos)
          or die $img->errstr;
        $savepos > 0
          or die "Could not fit any text on page\n";
        $string = substr($string, $savepos);
  • image - The image to render the text to. Can be supplied as undef or not provided to simply calculate the bounding box.

  • font - The font used to render the text. Required.

  • size - The size to render the font in. Defaults to the size stored in the font object. Required if it isn't stored in the font object.

  • string - The text to render. This can contain non-white-space, blanks (ASCII 0x20), and newlines.

    Newlines must match /(?:\x0A\x0D?|\x0D\x0A?)/. White-space other than blanks and newlines are completely ignored.

  • justify

    The way text is formatted within each line. Possible values include:

    • left - left aligned against the left edge of the text box.

    • right - right aligned against the right edge of the text box.

    • center - centered horizontally in the text box.

    • fill - all but the final line of the paragraph has spaces expanded so that the line fills from the left to the right edge of the text box.

  • linegap - Gap between lines of text in pixels. This is in addition to the size from $font->font_height. Can be positive or negative. Default 0.

Any other parameters are passed onto Imager::Font->draw().

Returns a list:

  ($left, $top, $right, $bottom)

which are the bounds of the space used to layout the text.

If height is set then this is the space used within that height.

You can use this to calculate the space required to format the text before doing it:

  my ($left, $top, $right, $bottom) =
    Imager::Font::Wrap->wrap_text(string => $string,
                                  font   => $font,
                                  width  => $xsize);
  my $img = Imager->new(xsize=>$xsize, ysize=>$bottom);
  Imager::Font::Wrap->wrap_text(string => $string,
                                font   => $font,
                                width  => $xsize,
                                image  => $image);


Imager::Font can handle UTF-8 encoded text itself, but this module doesn't support that (and probably won't). This could probably be done with regex magic.

Currently ignores the sizew parameter, if you supply one it will be supplied to the draw() function and the text will be too short or too long for the width.

Uses a simplistic text model, which is why there's no hyphenation, and no tabs.


Tony Cook <>


Imager(3), Imager::Font(3)