represents 2D graphics primitives or any other objects g rotated counterclockwise by θ radians about the center of their bounding box.


rotates about the point {x,y}.


rotates around the origin, transforming the 2D or 3D vector u to v.


rotates 3D graphics primitives by θ radians around the 3D vector w anchored at the origin.


rotates around the 3D vector w anchored at p.


rotates by angle θ in the plane spanned by 3D vectors u and v.

Details and Options

  • θ Degree or θ° specifies an angle in degrees.
  • If Rotate appears outside a graphic, the object g in Rotate[g,θ] etc. can be any expression.
  • You can specify special points such as {Left,Bottom} within the bounding box for g.
  • The x position can be specified as Left, Center, or Right; the y position as Bottom, Center, or Top.
  • If Rotate appears within a graphic, the coordinates {x,y} are taken to be in the coordinate system of the graphic.
  • If Rotate appears outside a graphic, the coordinates {x,y} are taken to run from to across the bounding box of the object being rotated.
  • Rotate[g,θ] is equivalent to Rotate[g,θ,{Center,Center}].
  • For objects specified with scaled coordinates Scaled[{x,y}], Rotate effectively applies its transformation to the corresponding ordinary coordinates.
  • If Rotate appears inside a graphic, Normal[expr] if possible replaces all Rotate[gi,] constructs by versions of the gi in which the coordinates have explicitly been transformed.


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Basic Examples  (3)

Rotate a square by 30°:

Rotate a cuboid by 30° around the axis:

Rotate text by 45°:

Scope  (8)

Transformation applied to a 2D shape:

Transformation applied to a 3D shape:

Rotation around the vector anchored at the point :

Rotation mapping vector to vector :

Rotation in the plane spanned by vectors and :

Rotate text:

Rotate objects with scaled coordinates:

Keep the lower-right corner of the rectangle fixed:

Applications  (2)

Grid with vertical text:

Diamond grid:

Properties & Relations  (1)

When possible, Normal will transform the coordinates explicitly:

Possible Issues  (4)

By default, Rotate uses the center of the bounding box as the center of rotation:

Explicitly specify a center of rotation:

Transforming an object may move it out of view:

Adjust the PlotRange to display the transformed object:

The center of the baseline of rotated text aligns with the baseline of the surrounding text:

For a different alignment, specify an explicit center of rotation:

Since text bounding boxes are always rectilinear, successive rotations can introduce extra space:

Neat Examples  (2)

Rotations of a regular polygon:

Nested, rotated square roots:

Wolfram Research (2007), Rotate, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2008).


Wolfram Research (2007), Rotate, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2008).


Wolfram Language. 2007. "Rotate." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2008.


Wolfram Language. (2007). Rotate. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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