I want a tight bounding box around rendered text. Labels are not tight enough

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I did a “Hello World” scene to learn, and decided to make the “Hello World” text bounce around like DVD screensavers often do.

This quickly lead me into some text rendering issues, which I know are especially difficult, but still, the first simple project I tried in Godot drove me straight into a limitation I cannot seem to overcome, and I’m hoping for some help.

My problem is I would like the text to bounce when the actual visible text reaches the boundaries of the screen, but I have no way of measuring where the actual visible text is. The Label my text is in contains a generous padding (presumably to make space for typographic ascenders and descenders, which I am not using). The extra padding in the Label causes the text to bounce before the text has reached the edge of the screen.

Does anyone know some way of getting a tighter bound on the rendered characters? I’ve looked through TextServer, and TextLine, and Font, etc, so I have some familiarity with the API, but so far I haven’t found anything that helps me. On principle, I’d like to be able to calculate a tight bounding box for the text using one of these APIs. I want to find something that can work for any arbitrary text.

The screenshot shows the Label and text. Notice the generous padding around the text inside the Label. The red box is the tighter bounding box I would prefer. I also have a 3 second video of the text bouncing before reaching the edge of the screen but cannot upload it due to being a new user.

Any suggestions?


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It’s possible to get that but it’s not simple.


extends Control

var paragraph = TextParagraph.new()

@export var font:Font

var text = "Hello world!\nAnother line.\nAnd another one that's long so it breaks whenever it needs to."

func _ready() -> void:
	# Add the text to the paragraph with the loaded font and with font size 32
	paragraph.add_string(text, font, 32)
	# Set the max width to 300
	paragraph.width = 300

func _draw() -> void:
	# Get the primary text server
	var text_server = TextServerManager.get_primary_interface()
	var x = 0.0
	var y = 0.0
	var ascent = 0.0
	var descent = 0.0
	# for each line
	for i in paragraph.get_line_count():
		# reset x
		x = 0.0
		# get the ascent and descent of the line
		ascent = paragraph.get_line_ascent(i)
		descent = paragraph.get_line_descent(i)

		# get the size of the line from the paragrah
		var line_size = paragraph.get_line_size(i)
		# prepare the tight rect
		var line_tight_rect = Rect2()
		# get the rid of the line
		var line_rid = paragraph.get_line_rid(i)
		# get all the glyphs that compose the line
		var glyphs = text_server.shaped_text_get_glyphs(line_rid)

		# for each glyph
		for glyph in glyphs:
			# Extract info about the glyph
			var glyph_font_rid = glyph.get('font_rid', RID())
			var glyph_font_size = Vector2i(glyph.get('font_size', 8), 0)
			var glyph_index = glyph.get('index', -1)
			var glyph_offset = text_server.font_get_glyph_offset(glyph_font_rid, glyph_font_size, glyph_index)
			var glyph_size = text_server.font_get_glyph_size(glyph_font_rid, glyph_font_size, glyph_index)
			# draw a red rect surrounding the glyph
			var glyph_rect = Rect2(Vector2(x, y + ascent) + glyph_offset, glyph_size)
			if glyph_rect.has_area():
				draw_rect(glyph_rect, Color.RED, false)
				if not line_tight_rect.has_area():
					# initialize the tight rect with the first glyph rect if it's empty
					line_tight_rect = glyph_rect
					# or merge the glyph rect
					line_tight_rect = line_tight_rect.merge(glyph_rect)
			# get the advance (how much the we need to move x)
			var advance = glyph.get("advance", 0)
			# add the advance to x
			x += advance

		# draw the tight rect
		draw_rect(line_tight_rect, Color(0, 1, 0, 0.4))
		# draw the size of the line from the paragraph
		draw_rect(Rect2(Vector2(0, y), line_size), Color.BLUE, false)

		# update y with the ascent and descent of the line
		y += ascent + descent

	# draw the paragraph to this canvas item
	paragraph.draw(get_canvas_item(), Vector2.ZERO)


Red: The bounding box of the glyph
Green: The tight bounding box of the line
Blue: The bounding box of the line


Thank you. I know it’s not the most polished API in Godot, but I don’t think it’s that bad, looks like 6 or 7 API calls and some loops and math and I have what I want in a very flexible way.