Type Function
Library display.*
Return value none
Revision 2017.3110
Keywords defaults, set default, color, graphics, vector objects
See also display.getDefault()
Shapes — Paths, Fills, Strokes


Set default display values including default colors for display objects, anchor point defaults, texture wrapping settings, etc.


Any of the following are valid:

display.setDefault( key, value )

display.setDefault( key, r, g, b, alpha )

display.setDefault( key, r, g, b )

display.setDefault( key, gray )

display.setDefault( key, gray, alpha )
key (required)

String. Specifies the key to set the default value for.

gray, r, g, b, alpha (optional)

Numbers. Color values between 0 and 1.

Display Object Keys

These keys specify default anchor values and anchor bounds for all display objects.

Some display objects are not fully compatible with non-center anchor points, in particular widgets, so you should be careful which "scope" you set default anchors for. Typically, changing the default anchor values should be used near the beginning of a process — for instance, displaying a series of objects which must be anchored a certain way — and then immediately after they should be reset to default (0.5) so that other objects are not affected inadvertently.

Color Keys

A color key specifies which default color value to set.

Native Keys

Texture Keys

  • For texture wrapping ("textureWrapX" and "textureWrapY"), "clampToEdge" is the only valid mode for non-power-of-two textures. To use "repeat" or "mirroredRepeat", make sure the dimensions of your textures are power of two, for example 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, etc.

  • When using one of the non-default wrap modes ("repeat" or "mirroredRepeat"), you should revert the wrap mode to default ("clampToEdge") when repeating fills are no longer required. For example, after filling an object with a wrapping texture, revert the wrap mode to default before proceeding with any other fill operations.

Camera Source


Default Anchors
-- Set default anchor point for objects to bottom-left
display.setDefault( "anchorX", 0 )
display.setDefault( "anchorY", 1 )
Non-Clamped Anchors
display.setDefault( "isAnchorClamped", false )
--display.setDefault( "isAnchorClamped", true )

local rect = display.newRect( 200, 240, 100, 100 )
rect.anchorX = -1
rect.anchorY = 1.5

transition.to( rect, { rotation=135, delay=500 } )
Fill Color and Background
-- Set default fill color for vector objects to red
display.setDefault( "fillColor", 1, 0, 0 )

-- Set default screen background color to blue
display.setDefault( "background", 0, 0, 1 )
Texture Wrap
display.setDefault( "textureWrapX", "repeat" )
display.setDefault( "textureWrapY", "repeat" )

local x,y = display.contentCenterX, display.contentCenterY
local o = display.newRect( x, y, display.contentWidth, display.contentHeight )
o.fill = { type="image", filename="fish.small.red.png" }
o.fill.scaleX = 0.1
o.fill.scaleY = 0.1
Camera Source
if ( system.getInfo( "environment" ) ~= "simulator" ) then
    display.setDefault( "cameraSource", "front" )   -- Front-facing camera
    --display.setDefault( "cameraSource", "back" )  -- Back-facing camera