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Z-Fractal Generator

World's Simplest Fractal Tool

This utility lets you draw custom and colorful Morton z-fractals. You can explore the fractal's behavior by recursively iterating it as many times as you want and changing its size in the options. You can also customize the thickness and color of the drawing pen, as well as adjust the color of the background. Fun fact – with each iteration, the number of z letters in the fractal quadruples. Created by fractal fans from team Browserling. Fractabulous!

᠎᠎᠎          Tool Options

Iterations and Area

Iterate fractal this many times.
Fractal space width.
Fractal space height.

Thickness and Colors

Pen width for drawing the
fractal's curve.
Pen color.
Fill fractal's background
with this color.

Indents and Orientation

Indent around Morton's fractal.
(Adds this many empty pixels
to left, right, top, bottom sides.)
Morton fractal's orientation.

What Is a Z-Fractal Generator?

This online browser-based tool allows you to create a custom Morton fractal. The Morton fractal, named after Guy Macdonald Morton (G.M.Morton), was first investigated in 1966. The Morton fractal is also called the z-fractal because it consists of a sequence of connected letters z, which fills the entire space. It's often used in data algorithms as it maps multidimensional data to one dimension while preserving locality of the data points. Ingenious and mind blowing at the same time, or as we love to say – fractabulous!


Z-Fractal Generator Examples

Click to try!

Four Iterations of Morton Fractal

In this example, we create a 4th-order z-order curve on a square canvas of 800x800 pixels. To do this, we use a 4-pixel pen and draw a white line on a catalino-blue background.

Required options
These options will be used automatically if you select this example.
Iterate fractal this many times.
Fractal space width.
Fractal space height.
Pen width for drawing the
fractal's curve.
Pen color.
Fill fractal's background
with this color.
Indent around Morton's fractal.
(Adds this many empty pixels
to left, right, top, bottom sides.)
Morton fractal's orientation.

Norton's Fractal

In this example, we set the orientation for Morton fractal to vertical. As a result, all letters z are flipped on the side. This fractal is also called Norton fractal curve (a pun on Morton's name) because all z's are now n's.

Required options
These options will be used automatically if you select this example.
Iterate fractal this many times.
Fractal space width.
Fractal space height.
Pen width for drawing the
fractal's curve.
Pen color.
Fill fractal's background
with this color.
Indent around Morton's fractal.
(Adds this many empty pixels
to left, right, top, bottom sides.)
Morton fractal's orientation.

Rectangular Morton Fractal

This example uses a rectangular space with a size of 800 by 1200 pixels to draw a z-order fractal. It calls the drawing algorithm recursively five times, which means there are 256 letters "z". (In general there are 4^(n-1) "z" letters for recursive depth "n".)

Required options
These options will be used automatically if you select this example.
Iterate fractal this many times.
Fractal space width.
Fractal space height.
Pen width for drawing the
fractal's curve.
Pen color.
Fill fractal's background
with this color.
Indent around Morton's fractal.
(Adds this many empty pixels
to left, right, top, bottom sides.)
Morton fractal's orientation.

Pro tips Master online fractal tools

You can pass options to this tool using their codes as query arguments and it will automatically compute output. To get the code of an option, just hover over its icon. Here's how to type it in your browser's address bar. Click to try!

https://onlinetools.com/fractal/draw-morton-fractal?iterations=4&width=800&height=800&line-width=4&line-segment-color=white&background-color=%2523082585&padding=15&direction=horizontal

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