Commons:Stroke Order Project

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Crystal Clear app korganizer.png Welcome ![edit]

Hello, and welcome to the Commons Stroke Order Project. This project aims to create a complete set of high quality and free illustrations to clearly show the stroke orders of Han characters (hanzi, kanji, kana, hantu, and hanja). The project was started as there was none like it in terms of quality and it seems that it is the only one working on three standards of Han character stroke order; ROC, PRC, and Japan.

You are free to use the graphics we've made and welcomed to join us and contribute to our progress. It's easy, you just have to follow the simple steps stated in our graphics guidelines. And please, feel free to leave us an encouraging message :-).

中-red.png The characters[edit]

The project mainly focus on the Han characters, but also on any phonetic scripts as well. See the status section in the top right of this page for a list of characters and their status.

This project specifically considers three stroke order standards for Han characters — that of the PRC (S), ROC (T), and Japan. In the cases where these share stroke orders, there are redirects linking these. See the Han characters page for more details.

ROC Standard PRC Standard Japanese Standard
same stroke order. 中-tbw.png should redirect. 中-bw.png same stroke order. 中-jbw.png should redirect.
生-tbw.png should redirect to 生-bw.png. 生-bw.png 生-jbw.png
伐-tbw.png 伐-bw.png 伐-jbw.png should redirect to 伐-bw.png.

中-red.png Image types[edit]

The stroke order project currently includes three image types. The black & white (*-bw.png) and the red gradation (*-red.png) sub-projects produce printable versions usable for making books or printed textbooks. The Order sub-project (*-order.gif) is based on stronger calligraphic interest, and though painstaking to create, the results are spectacular.

Icon apps query.svg Finding characters[edit]

The characters are categorised by image type and variant:

  ROC PRC Japan
Sequences (b&w) *-tbw.png (9) *-bw.png (1,062) *-jbw.png (70)
Shades of red *-tred.png (15) *-red.png (236) *-jred.png (35)
Animations *-torder.gif (8) *-order.gif (568) *-jorder.gif (27)

Each character also has its own category (e.g. ) You can look up a character with this form:

GFDL Yellow.svg Free use, Free License[edit]

Of course, you can use all materials on this site for your own website. All materials are published under the GNU-Creative Commons 3.0 License ^. You only have to state the:

  1. source:
  2. license: Images/animations under CC + GFDL (using the license template {{SOlicense}})
  3. authors: Mostly M4RC0 for -bw.png; Muke and Yug for -red.png; Wikic, Micheletb and FanNihongo for -order.gif.

VLC Icon.svg Status[edit]

BlackWhite RedGradient Animation
Bopomofo 37/40 Yes check.svg Done 2
Hiragana Yes check.svg Done Yes check.svg Done 0
Katakana Yes check.svg Done Yes check.svg Done 0
Hangeul 1/35 0 0
Kangxi radicals These aren't categorised separately. See the progress pages.
ROC standard characters 9 15 8
PRC standard characters 1,062 236 568
Japanese standard characters 70 35 27


  • The project page has been moved to Commons:Stroke Order Project.
  • After a discussion with input from the Village Pump, the ROC characters and Japanese variants will no longer fall back on the ROC characters. When there is overlap, redirects will be created.
Commons:Stroke Order Project members <ed>
Black & white images : 三-bw.png
Animations : 三-order.gif Wikic talk~
Red images : 三-red.png
Organisation and accessibility: Swift

中-red.png Contributors wanted[edit]

Joining the team is easy: just join our work! You can contribute images, or verify stroke orders. See our graphics guidelines and stroke order sources for more.

Collaboration is organised on the road-map page. Drop us a line if you have any questions. :-D

靣-order.gif Animation Request[edit]

The Category:AnimationRequest is a collection of temporary GIF picture files to be replaced by their animations. All files are used as not-yet-animated place holders to show the stroke order in many articles like e.g. de:Radikal 176 or Category:Radical 176-0.

馬-bronze.svg An SVG etymological sister-project[edit]

The Stroke order project was originally limited to Standard Script (楷書 kǎishū) characters, showing their correct stroke order. Subsequently, some users began uploading historical characters, referencing, a dictionary of etymological research published online.

The Ancient Chinese characters project has taken these over and provides SVG images of characters in oracle bone, bronze-ware, great seal, and small seal styles.

Ex: 馬-oracle.svg馬-bronze.svg馬-bigseal.svg馬-seal.svg

Who benefits from these images?[edit]

The Commons Stroke Order Project is especially useful as a graphic database, both for other Wikimedia projects and free databases such as EDICT and CEDICT. All the files are uploaded under clear, Unicode (UTF-8) encoded filenames.

As of January 2007, HanDeDict uses about one thousand of our free *-bw.png images.

Wikibookians use these for the Chinese and Japanese wikibooks at the English Wikibooks, the Chinese wikibook at the Polish Wikibooks, and the Chinese wikibook at the Italian Wikibooks.

Wikipedians use this work at pages such as fr:Tracé d'un sinogramme and en:Stroke_order#Types of strokes

Wiktionarians are using it on pages such as wikt:fr:Wiktionary, wikt:la:Wiktionary, wikt:de:Wiktionary and on all the 214 German Radical pages.

The Chinese character mnemonics page uses them in their practice sheets for hanzi: Hanzi worksheets.

At April 2017, Openwords is working on a "handwriting learning module for Chinese utilizing the Wikimedia Stroke Order project" (quoted from the webpage).