# Drawing an Ellipse with Mid Point Ellipse Algorithm in C/C++

The theory for drawing Ellipse with Mid Point Algorithm is the same as that of Circle drawing. But the difference is that the Ellipse is divided into two regions because it has two radii. The regions are separated from each other at a point where the slope of the tangent line is –1. So we need to draw 2 regions in first quadrant and draw in other quadrant symmetrically.
The following section implements Mid – Point Ellipse Algorithm in C/C++. The source code is complied using gcc Compiler and Code::Blocks IDE. To print a pixel, SetPixel() function of windows.h is used.

Note: to run this code in your machine with Code::blocks IDE, add a link library libgdi32.a (it is usually inside MinGWlib )  in linker setting.

Source Code

#include <windows.h>

#include <cmath>

#define ROUND(a) ((int) (a + 0.5))

/* set window handle */

static HWND sHwnd;

static COLORREF redColor=RGB(255,0,0);

static COLORREF blueColor=RGB(0,0,255);

static COLORREF greenColor=RGB(0,255,0);

void SetWindowHandle(HWND hwnd){

sHwnd=hwnd;

}

/* SetPixel */

void setPixel(int x,int y,COLORREF& color=redColor){

if(sHwnd==NULL){

MessageBox(NULL,"sHwnd was not initialized !","Error",MB_OK|MB_ICONERROR);

exit(0);

}

HDC hdc=GetDC(sHwnd);

SetPixel(hdc,x,y,color);

ReleaseDC(sHwnd,hdc);

return;

}

void ellipsePlotPoints(int xCenter, int yCenter, int x, int y){

setPixel(xCenter + x, yCenter + y);

setPixel(xCenter - x, yCenter + y);

setPixel(xCenter + x, yCenter - y);

setPixel(xCenter - x, yCenter - y);

}

void drawEllipse(int xCenter, int yCenter, int Rx, int Ry){

int Rx2 = Rx*Rx;

int Ry2 = Ry*Ry;

int twoRx2 = 2 * Rx2;

int twoRy2 = 2 * Ry2;

int p;

int x = 0;

int y = Ry;

int px = 0;

int py = twoRx2 * y;

ellipsePlotPoints(xCenter, yCenter, x, y);

/* For Region 1 */

p = ROUND(Ry2 - (Rx2*Ry) + (0.25) * Rx2);

while(px < py){

x++;

px += twoRy2;

if(p < 0){

p += Ry2 + px;

}else{

y--;

py -= twoRx2;

p += Ry2 + px - py;

}

ellipsePlotPoints(xCenter, yCenter, x, y);

}

/* For Region 2*/

p = ROUND(Ry2 * (x + 0.5)*(x + 0.5) + Rx2 * (y - 1)*(y - 1) - Rx2 * Ry2);

while(y > 0){

y--;

py -= twoRx2;

if(p > 0){

p += Rx2 - py;

}else{

x++;

px += twoRy2;

p += Rx2 - py + px;

}

ellipsePlotPoints(xCenter, yCenter, x, y);

}

}

/* Window Procedure WndProc */

LRESULT CALLBACK WndProc(HWND hwnd,UINT message,WPARAM wParam,LPARAM lParam){

switch(message){

case WM_PAINT:

SetWindowHandle(hwnd);

drawEllipse(200, 200, 100, 50);

break;

case WM_CLOSE: // FAIL THROUGH to call DefWindowProc

break;

case WM_DESTROY:

PostQuitMessage(0);

return 0;

default:

break; // FAIL to call DefWindowProc //

}

return DefWindowProc(hwnd,message,wParam,lParam);

}

int WINAPI WinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance,HINSTANCE hPrevInstance,LPSTR lpCmdLine,int iCmdShow){

static TCHAR szAppName[] = TEXT("Ellipse");

WNDCLASS wndclass;

wndclass.style         = CS_HREDRAW|CS_VREDRAW ;

wndclass.lpfnWndProc   = WndProc ;

wndclass.cbClsExtra    = 0 ;

wndclass.cbWndExtra    = 0 ;

wndclass.hInstance     = hInstance ;

wndclass.hIcon         = LoadIcon (NULL, IDI_APPLICATION) ;

wndclass.hCursor       = LoadCursor (NULL, IDC_ARROW) ;

wndclass.hbrBackground = (HBRUSH) GetStockObject (WHITE_BRUSH) ;

wndclass.lpszClassName = szAppName ;

// Register the window //

if(!RegisterClass(&wndclass)){

MessageBox(NULL,"Registering the class failled","Error",MB_OK|MB_ICONERROR);

exit(0);

}

// CreateWindow //

HWND hwnd=CreateWindow(szAppName,"Mid Point Ellipse Drawing - Programming Techniques",

WS_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW,

CW_USEDEFAULT,

CW_USEDEFAULT,

CW_USEDEFAULT,

CW_USEDEFAULT,

NULL,

NULL,

hInstance,

NULL);

if(!hwnd){

MessageBox(NULL,"Window Creation Failed!","Error",MB_OK);

exit(0);

}

// ShowWindow and UpdateWindow //

ShowWindow(hwnd,iCmdShow);

UpdateWindow(hwnd);

// Message Loop //

MSG msg;

while(GetMessage(&msg,NULL,0,0)){

TranslateMessage(&msg);

DispatchMessage(&msg);

}

/* return no error to the operating system */

return 0;

}



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### 3 Responses

1. Roger Gonsalves says:

With the above algorithm I am facing following problem.

When drawEllipse(200, 200, 0, 100); is called, it draws a vertical line. When drawEllipse(200, 200, 100, 0); is called it displays a single dot.
I was expecting it to draw a horizontal line.

2. Bibek123 says:
3. Nikunj says: 