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BaseLeafPrimitive.CustomDrawElement Event

Occurs before every gauge element is drawn, allowing you to draw it in a custom manner.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraGauges.Core.Primitive

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraGauges.v19.1.Core.dll


public event CustomDrawElementEventHandler CustomDrawElement

Event Data

The CustomDrawElement event's data class is DevExpress.XtraGauges.Core.Primitive.CustomDrawElementEventArgs.


This example shows how to draw a custom appearance for a circular gauge.

To accomplish this task, the BaseGauge.CustomDrawElement is handled for the ArcScaleComponent, ArcScaleNeedleComponent and ArcScaleBackgroundLayerComponent objects of gauge elements.

Run this application to compare the custom and default gauge appearances. To do this, enable/disable the “Handle CustomDraw event” option.

Note that the gauge control is constantly animated to show the appearance changes more vividly.

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using DevExpress.XtraGauges.Core.Primitive;
using DevExpress.XtraGauges.Core.Model;

namespace XtraGauges_CustomDraw {
    public partial class Form1 : Form {

        public Form1() {

        Timer timer;
        int animationLockCounter = 0;
        bool enableCustomDraw = false;

        private void arcScaleBackgroundLayerComponent1_CustomDrawElement(object sender, CustomDrawElementEventArgs e) {
            if (enableCustomDraw) {
                RectangleF bounds = RectangleF.Inflate(e.Info.BoundBox, -15, -15);
                e.Context.Graphics.FillEllipse(Brushes.Black, bounds);
                bounds.Inflate(-2, -2);
                e.Context.Graphics.SetClip(new RectangleF(bounds.Left + bounds.Width * 0.5f,
                    bounds.Top, bounds.Width * 0.5f, bounds.Height));
                e.Context.Graphics.FillEllipse(Brushes.White, bounds);
                e.Context.Graphics.FillEllipse(Brushes.White, new RectangleF(bounds.Left +
                    +bounds.Width * 0.25f, bounds.Top, bounds.Width * 0.5f, bounds.Height * 0.5f));
                e.Context.Graphics.FillEllipse(Brushes.Black, new RectangleF(bounds.Left + bounds.Width * 0.25f,
                    bounds.Top + bounds.Height * 0.5f, bounds.Width * 0.5f, bounds.Height * 0.5f));
                e.Handled = true;

        private void arcScaleNeedleComponent1_CustomDrawElement(object sender, CustomDrawElementEventArgs e) {
            if (enableCustomDraw) {
                e.Context.Graphics.FillEllipse(Brushes.White, new RectangleF(50, 112.5f, 25, 25));
                e.Context.Graphics.FillEllipse(Brushes.Black, new RectangleF(175, 112.5f, 25, 25));
                e.Handled = true;

        private void arcScaleComponent1_CustomDrawElement(object sender, CustomDrawElementEventArgs e) {
            if (enableCustomDraw)
                e.Handled = true;

        private void checkEdit1_CheckStateChanged(object sender, EventArgs e) {
            enableCustomDraw = checkEdit1.Checked;

        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) {
            timer = new Timer();
            timer.Interval = 150;
            timer.Tick += new EventHandler(OnTimerTick);

        void OnTimerTick(object sender, EventArgs e) {
            if (animationLockCounter > 0) return;
            arcScaleComponent1.Value = AnimateScaleValue(arcScaleComponent1, 0.05f);

        float AnimateScaleValue(IBaseScale scale, float factor) {
            Random random = new Random(DateTime.Now.Millisecond);
            float deviation = ((float)random.NextDouble() - scale.Percent);
            return (scale.Value + (scale.ScaleLength * factor) * deviation);


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