File extension svg is associated with the vector graphics format based on XML markup language. An svg vector file is stored in simple text format with XML tags. It is an open standard developed by World Wide Wide Consortium.

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the SVG file extension!

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SVG file extension - XML based scalable vector graphics format

What is svg file? How to open svg files?

File type specification:

Vector graphic file type icon Vector graphic file type

svg file icon: svg filetype icon

File extension svg is mainly used for a vector XML based graphic format.

SVG is a vector format (for both static and animated graphics) based on the XML markup language, and was developed as an open standard by the World Wide Wide Consortium.

Some of the key features of the SVG format are:

  • Supports hyperlinks ("XLinks")
  • Supports vector shapes (e.g. lines, curves, etc.)
  • Supports raster objects
  • Supports text
  • Supports manipulations and combinations of objects including grouping, transformations, and scripting based on events 

Being based on XML (which is essentially text-based), SVG images are susceptible to compression. The svgz option is the standard way to do this in which the SVG file is saved using gzip compression as a svgz file.

There are several variants of SVG in use (SVG 1.0, SVG 1.1 and SVG Tiny 1.2 at the time of writing). In particular, the SVG Tiny (SVGT) and SVG Basic (SVGB) are subsets of the full SVG standard mainly intended for use on device with limited capabilities such as mobile phones or PDAs. Additionally, it should be noted that browser support for SVG is somewhat patchy - at present, in a lot of browsers, including Internet Explorer, a third-party plug-in (which many users will not have) is required to display SVG images.

MIME types used for SVG graphic files:

Updated: November 13, 2023

The default software associated to open svg file:

Adobe Illustrator icon

Adobe Systems Incorporated logoAdobe Illustrator  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor and part of some editions of Adobe Creative Suite and Cloud. It is a direct competitor to programs like CorelDraw. Illustrator allows users  to create sophisticated artwork for virtually any medium.

The latest version, Illustrator CC is available through the new Adobe Creative Cloud suite. The previous version was Illustrator CS6.

CorelDraw Graphics Suite icon

Corel Corporation logoCorelDraw Graphics Suite  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Corel Corporation

A set of tools for graphics designers. With CorelDraw Graphics Suite designers can create vector illustrations, page layout, brouchures, web sites, retouch photos, convert bitmap images and vector images. CorelDraw Graphics Suite is available only for Microsoft Windows.

Corel Graphics Suite contains:

  • CorelDRAW
  • Corel PowerTRACE
  • Corel CAPTURE
  • Corel Font Manager
  • AfterShot HDR

Inkscape icon

Inkscape  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
The Inkscape Project

Inkscape is vector graphics editor that using with W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.)

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Help how to open:

The SVG XML based vector graphics format is viewable in various picture image viewers. You can view svg file simply by opening it in your web browser.

How to convert:

SVG files can be exported to another graphic format using various image converters and graphic editors.

Find conversions from svg file:

svg to cdr

svg to dst

svg to jef

svg to pes

svg to step

svg to vsd

svg to vsdx

Find converter to svg file type:

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stp to svg

vss to svg

List of software applications associated to the .svg file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open svg file, edit svg file, convert svg file, view svg file, play svg file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting svg files.

Software that open svg file - XML based scalable vector graphics format

Programs supporting the exension svg on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open svg file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with svg file by default:
Adobe Illustrator small icon Adobe Illustrator
CorelDraw Graphics Suite small icon CorelDraw Graphics Suite
Other suggested software:
Blender small icon Blender
GIMP small icon GIMP
Affinity Photo for Windows small icon Affinity Photo for Windows
Adobe InDesign small icon Adobe InDesign



Main software associated with svg file by default:
Inkscape small icon Inkscape
Other suggested software:
Embroidermodder 2 small icon Embroidermodder 2
Canvas X small icon Canvas X

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