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Draw multiple circles as a single line object

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FAST, EFFICIENT drawing of multiple circles!


Updated 01 Sep 2016

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Plot multiple circles as a single line object...very fast, very efficient!

circles(radii,centers) plots circles of radius values specified by RADII, at centers specified by CENTERS.
Will accept as inputs any valid properties accepted by PLOT, and return the handle to the line object as well as a vector of plotted xs and ys (delimeted by NaNs for individual circles).


r = rand(20,1)*100;
c = rand(20,2)*300;
[h,xs,ys] = circles(r,c,...
axis equal

Note that if r is a scalar and c is a single x-y- coordinate, this works just like other approaches to circle plotting. But with multiple radii and centers, using CIRCLES provide FAST, memory-efficient plotting (with the trade-off that only a single handle is returned).

Cite As

Brett Shoelson (2020). Draw multiple circles as a single line object (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (2)

Hau Nguyen

it's useful for me ! thanks a lot !


Works well in R2011b.


Updated license

Updated description, examples.

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2012a
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
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