Opening SVG files

Have a problem opening a .SVG file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what SVG files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .SVG file type?

SVG is an abbreviation of Scalable Vector Graphics format created by the World Wide Web Consortium in 1999. The SVG format is used for showing 2D graphics on the Internet. Since the SVG specification is publicly available, it is supported by various vector graphics editors including Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw.

The SVG file format stores images in the form of XML text documents. Drawings can be static, dynamic or interactive. The animation feature is usually defined using scripts or built-in animation elements. SVG files can be compressed with the help of external compression algorithms, most commonly the Gnu Zip (GZIP). After being compressed, the .svg drawings will receive the .svgz file extension.

In comparison with bitmapped graphic formats such as JPEG or GIF which describe images using a grid of pixels, .svg files have smaller file size and require less time to upload and download. SVG images can adjust in size and resolution to fit the size of the window where they are displayed without losing clarity, while JPEG and GIF images can't change their fixed file size.

Software to open or convert SVG files

You can open SVG files with the following programs: 

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