This page should help people finding tools, texts (introductions, tutorials, manuals, ...) and other resources. Read the SVG article for a short technical overview.
Updated: Checked all (well most) links on 18:45, 28 March 2012 (CEST) - Daniel K. Schneider
Indexes for SVG tools
Editors and drawing tools with SVG support
- Text (programming) editors with SVG support
- You can hand code SVG with any XML editor
- Free drawing programs with native SVG
- Inkscape. Inkscape is a free (GPL) open source SVG editor with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, Visio, etc. Supported SVG features include basic shapes, paths, text, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, node editing, svg-to-png export, grouping, and more. Available for Win, Linux, source. Recommended, but the tool requires learning and SVG code is not optimised for the web.
- Free online drawing programs with native SVG
- SVG Edit is an online vector graphics editor that uses only JS, HTML5, CSS and SVG (i.e. no server-side functionality). You can use this online web 2.0 tool without installing anything on your computer, then "save as" in your navigator. Recommended: This tool is the best thing for learning SVG and for creating shapes that you later want to hand edit for animation and scripting
- DrawSvg.org an other online SVG editor.
- Imagebot by Flamingtext is a simple to use SVG editor. No source code editing but you can import SVG and save-as svg.
- Pilat drawing tool (online)
- Free drawing programs that can import/export SVG
- Skencil, a free Linux/Unix vector drawing program can export/import SVG. (formely "Sketch", not tested). Imports/exports SVG.
- OpenOffice and Libre Office (a fork of OpenOffice) can import/export SVG.
- DIA, a popular open source diagramming tool can import/export SVG (Win/Mac/Linux). There are also portable app (Windows) and zip versions (good for teachers who live in a restrictive environment...). Recommended.
- Commercial drawing programs with native SVG
- Sketsa SVG Graphics Editor by Kiyut, $89 Payware, Java 1.7+ based, demo and Java Webstart version available.
- As of Jan 2014, this is probably the best pure SVG 1.0 tool, i.e. it is best suited for creating web graphics and adding animation and interactivity. In terms of pure drawing operations, it can do less than Inkscape, but it is much easier to use and also produces pure SVG, i.e. web ready.
- There is no animation and interactivity support (as in Flash CS6), but both the built-in text and DOM editors allow to add SMIL animation code without problems.
- Versions 6.6 (jan 2012) and 7.1x (jan 2014) tested with Ubuntu 10.4 and Win7. Claims to support SVG 1.1 full profile. You can edit code with a structure editor, e.g. for doing SMIL animations.
- Hairy models from openclipart.org import rather well.
- Commercial drawing programs with SVG import/export
These programs can usually both import/export SVG. However, you may loose information in both cases.
- Adobe Illustrator can import/export SVG
- SVG Kit for Adobe Creative Suite is a plug-in, which adds full-functional SVG and SVGZ file support to Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, PS Elements and InDesign).
- Corel Draw can import/export SVG (not tested recently)
- Microsoft Viso can import/export SVG (look at DIA above if you want a free solution)
- SiteSpinner. (formerly WebDwarf). Drag-and-Drop Visual authoring and animation for HTML, DHTML, and SVG. ($50) - 18:45, 28 March 2012 (CEST)
- Scribus, an open source document processing tool that can (only) import SVG
SVG support in web browsers
As of Jan 2014 all modern browsers do provide basic SVG support. None is fully complete, i.e. CanIUse (Jan 2014) computes overall compliance of 80 to 90 % for each major browser, except IE.
IE 11, Opera mini and IE Mobile still do not support SMIL-type animation.
Can I use provides more details.
Other viewing software
- Plugins for web browsers
Since 2010, SVG plugins are no longer needed !. Information below is kept for historical reasons.
- The Adobe SVG Viewer, worked with with IE and Firefox. Adobe discontinued support after they finally managed to acquire Macromedia (and Flash). The quality of this plugin was impressive. It implemented all of SVG 1.0. After Adobe dropped the project, getting it to work with IE 7 and Firefox 3 (or 4?) was quite a nightmare.....
- Special purpose web browsers
- The X-smiles XML-browser was a research browser made to explore various new web formats) supported SVG (uses CSIRO SVG viewer), also SMIL, XForms, X3D, etc. (2008)
- Batik is mainly a toolkit for server-side applications, but it also includes a good stand-alone SVG browser called Squiggle that fully implements static SVG and scripting (but you may as well use Firefox or Opera for this). We use this toolkit for this wiki in order to render SVG graphics as PNG, but you also may use it as a helper application for your web browser.
- Most vector graphic software can import/export in several formats (see above). E.g. to import SVG in Flash one can open the SVG in Illustrator and then select all/copy/paste to CS3/4/5
- SVG Import Filter for OpenOffice 2 (tested with OO 3.1 / Ubuntu: Import worked, but I did not test much - Daniel K. Schneider 13:51, 12 May 2010 (UTC)). An imported image then can be exported in other formats, e.g. WMF.
- SVG to PNG converter (old Firefox 3 extension)
- Vector Magic. Popular online tool for converting Bitmap Images To Clean Vector Art (not tested - Daniel K. Schneider 18:45, 28 March 2012 (CEST)).
- SVG Maker Commercial multi-format to SVG translator (not tested - Daniel K. Schneider 18:45, 28 March 2012 (CEST) !)
Validation and cleanup tools
- W3C Validator
- Simplify SVG for HTML5 App Debugging. A "simple" bash shell script to clean up Inkscape code.
- svgreal (not tested)
Toolkits for programmers
(needs updating - Daniel K. Schneider 18:45, 28 March 2012 (CEST) !)
- CariSVG (zoom, animation, drag and drop, etc.)
- Batik SVG Toolkit. It is mostly used for server-side applications. E.g. this Wiki uses Batik to translate SVG into PNG. There is also a stand-alone batik viewer.
- phpHtmLLib. A set of PHP classes and library functions to help facilitate building, debugging, and rendering of XML, HTML, XHTML, WAP/WML Documents, and SVG, and complex widgets. Stable and popular - Version 3.02 (March 2008). Supports basic SVG functionality an image and a graph classe. E.g. see this SVG Graph
- SVG-TT-Graph , a popular Perl module for line graphs, bars and pies [1/2004, not tested]
- More PHP kits can be found on the web, see also our php example directory (some code is disabled for security reasons).
- The official SVG specification at W3C. (Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition), W3C Recommendation 16 August 2011)
- Spécification SVG 1.0 (français)
- Mobile SVG Profiles: SVG Tiny and SVG Basic W3C Recommendation 14 January 2003, edited in place 15 June 2009 (SVG on the road !)
- W3C Validator. This popular online validation tool can validate SVG up to a certain extent. It will mostly just check syntax, i.e. it cannot detect bad attribute values.
- SMIL animation SVG has incorporated SMIL-type animations (a superset). This means that SMIL tutorials will also be useful to you.
- ECMAScript Language Binding for SVG (just SVG specific stuff, SVGElement has all the properties and methods of dom::Element !)
- sXBL (W3C Working Draft 15 August 2005). SVG's XML Binding Language (sXBL) is proposed as a mechanism for defining the presentation and interactive behavior of elements described in a namespace other than SVG's. (This will allow definition of high-level tagsets). [9/2004]
Manuals and Textbooks
Free Online Textbooks
- SVG Essentials The free wiki version of O'Reilly's SVG Essentials book by J. David Eisenberg (2002)
- Learn SVG from the authors of the same print book.
- An SVG Primer for Today's Browsers W3C Working Draft — September 2010. (200+ pages)
- Learn SVG Interactively by Jay Nick. This is a free IBook (for Mac or iOS device only).
(easier than looking at standards)
- SVG at Mozilla Developper Network. As of April 2012, probably the most useful reference.
- At Zvon (also includes examples):
- SVG Scripting Reference Internet Explorer Developer Center (Microsoft)
- SVG reference at W3Schools. As of March 2012, probably too concise to be useful to beginners.
- HTML5 Graphics with SVG & CSS3, Drawing with Markup. By Kurt Cagle. Publisher: O'Reilly Media. Released: May 2012 (est.)
- Kurt Cagle is an SVG expert. The book should be good (when it comes out ...)
- SVG Essentials. By J. Eisenberg. Publisher: O'Reilly Media. Released: February 2002. Pages: 358
- This book is still a good buy. It remains my favorite SVG book. However, SVG is now big in HTML5. Therefore O'Reilly should publish a new version that includes HTML5 specifics and more DOM scripting. Also, Eisenberg, like many other SVG authors back then didn't test SVG within a native browser and missed the fact that namespaces must be declared. Add the following line within the first SVG tag of examples that break with a "prefix not bound to a namespace" message:
- Building Web Applications with SVG, by David Dailey, Jon Frost and Domencio Strazzullo, Publisher: Microsoft Press. Also available as e-book at O'Reilly. There is a sampler.
Once you have some basic understanding of SVG after reading a tutorial or two, you probably will learn best by example.
- SVG elves are sharing articles, code snippets, and events
- Official SVG Test suites (includes good examples, but browsing and finding takes some time....)
- LearnSVG. Good sample extracts from the Learn SVG: The Web Graphics Standard" by Jon Frost, Stefan Goessner and Michel Hirtzler book. Revisited by Robert DiBlasi and Tobias Reif. (Some examples max lack namespace definitions and will not run unless you fix these - but that may have been fixed by now - 18:45, 28 March 2012 (CEST)).
- Marek Raida's SVG blog. Includes some good recent examples and also some kind of benchmarking suites. (last checked Mars 2011).
- SVG - Learning By Coding Site with many very nice examples including advanced topics (in German), easy browsing and looking at code.
- Croczilla SVG resources has a good list of examples, in particular XHTML/SVG integration and DOM scriptin
- TECFA example directory (not very interesting, but I use them in my teaching slides) - Daniel K. Schneider.
- Wikipedia German includes 2 interesting animation examples]
- Grapher. A simple (math.) graph drawing program made with JS and SVG. (Read the help !)
- HTML 5 demos that may include SVG
- Mozilla labs gaming includes some examples made with SVG, e.g. SVG-EDU
- Open Clip Art Library (openclipart.org). Recommended
- DOM tree output ECMA Script from MecXpert
- Web Solutions for Mechanical Engineering, has a nice list of code fragments.
- Updated, i.e. example code should work in modern web browsers
- SVG Tutorial, by Matthew Bystedt, November 2012
- SVG Essentials The free wiki version of O'Reilly's SVG Essentials book by J. David Eisenberg (2002)
- Pilat Several tutorials + examples + complex applications.
- Using SVG For Flexible, Scalable, and Fun Backgrounds, Part I by Shelley Powers, A LIST apart. Jan 2010 and Using SVG for Flexible, Scalable, and Fun Backgrounds, Part II Jan 2010. SVG and XHTML.
- Basic Shapes, chapter three of David Eisenberg's "SVG Essentials" O'Reilly book. (2002)
- See also: Example SVG sites (above). Many are in made for learning, e.g. include explanations and comments.
- Create client-side diagrammatic interaction in Web applications with SVG by Cameron Laird, IBM Developerworks (2010), retrieved 18:39, 21 March 2011 (CET).
- SVG Tutorial at W3Schools
- Older materials
Code may be broken, but these texts may still be useful
- cours SVG de 2 jours (in french) made by E.Sierra and M-A Thibaut 2003 ("learning by teaching", some code broken)
- Introduction à SVG (my own slides)
- SVG at Dev.Opera. Several tutorials (including SMIL tag animation, use Opera to view this.)
- 2 day SVG course in french made by N. Nova and Y. Grassioulet 2002 ("learning by teaching"). Needs updating !
- An Introduction to Scalable Vector Graphics by J.D. Eisenberg, XML.com, 2001.
- Scalable Vector Graphics: The Art is in the Code Eddie Traversa, Webreference (2001)
- KevLindeV Kevin Lindev's SVG site (tutorials and examples)
- SVG - Open for Business, a (short) webreference.com tutorial (2002)
- Introduction to Scalable Vector Graphics by Nicholas Chase, IBM developerWorks, 2004.
- Pike's SVG tutorial
- Add interactivity to your SVG by Brian John Venn, IBM developperworks article, Aug 2003. Good introductory SVG/DOM/JS tutorial.
(as of fall 2011 supported in all modern browsers)
- Animate Your HTML5. A tour of HTML5 animation techniques with CSS3, SVG, Canvas and WebGL, by Martin Gorner - Google developer relations, last checked on Jan 2014.
- SVG animation with SMIL (Mozilla dev network). Ok, but too short as of March 2012.
- SVG Animation (Inkscape Wiki)
- Digging Animation, by Antoine Quint, XML.com, 2002 (SMIL animation, most examples seem to be broken as of 18:45, 28 March 2012 (CEST)).
- Rather see the various example sites
- Combiner SVG avec PHP JDNet développeurs article de Xavier Boerderie 12/2002.
- Creating Scalable Vector Graphics with Perl by K. Hamptom, xml.com, 2001.
- Example for Serverside SVG generation with PHP from the excellent carto.net website.
- Google SVG Search a webreference.com XML column
- Example for getURL & parseXML of the Adobe plugin. The same tutorial gives additional links, e.g. for postURL() that can be used to save data. (Outdated, since the Adobe plugin is dead!)
SVG and XSLT
- Client-side image generation with SVG and XSLT by Inigo Surguy. Interesting
- Component-Based Page Layouts xml.com article by Didier Martin showing how to embedd SVG in XHTML using XSLT processing
Various articles (not classified)
- W3C Graphics Activity Statement. This shows the place of SVG in the overall W3C strategy.
- W3C Scalable Verctor Graphics (SVG). This is the overview page (includes News and Pointers)
- Picture Perfect xml.com, (2001)
- SVG: A Sure Bet by Paul Prescod, xml.com (July 2003)
- Flash is Evil by dack (not related to svg but food for thought)
- Vector-based Web Cartography: Enabler SVGScalable Vector Graphics (french & german version also available). This is an early (good) propaganda article for SVG.
- SVG - a new dimension in producing interactive netbooks by Vladimir BATAGELJ and Matjaž ZAVERŠNIK (PDF article). This is an overview paper
General SVG resource pages
- The Ultimate Guide to SVG, 2015
- User Documentation at Inkscape. Mostly documentation for Inkscape, but also includes some links to general SVG tutorials, e.g. the SVG Animation in its own wiki.
- SVG - Learning By Coding Site with many very nice examples including advanced topics (in German), easy browsing and looking at code. Many examples need a state-of-the-art browser (e.g. Chrome 10) or else the old Adobe plugin. Bester Site auf Deutsch.
- svg.pagina.nl Good dashboard page page by Ruud Steltenpool. Many good links.
- SVG Page at DMOZ (for nostalgic people, when links pages were made by humans)
- carto:paperssvg (A.M. Winter & A. Neumann). VERY good SVG resources, examples, etc. Swiss made :) .... but less active since 2007 :(
- W3C Scalable Verctor Graphics (SVG). This is the W3C SVG overview page (includes News and Pointers)
- Sacré SVG, a XML.com column (not updated since 2005).
- SVG Open conference series. Usually, papers are open content.
- dev.opera includes several good svg articles (including some good live examples, but you will have to search ...)
- SVG magazine. The quarterly publication covering technique, coding, art, reviews and more. So far, there are 2 issues - 18:45, 28 March 2012 (CEST).
- IBM Developer Works (search for "SVG" gives 709 results - 18:45, 28 March 2012 (CEST)).
- SVG-Developers (Yahoo group)