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(Note: The license provenance of the images in /editor/images may not be fully clear, even with the origin of some of the images listed as being from We would like to replace these images if their provenance cannot be determined or is found to be under a protective license. If you know of the original terms, or can help create SVG replacement images, please let us know at: #377.)


SVG-edit is a fast, web-based, JavaScript-driven SVG drawing editor that works in any modern browser.

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Help wanted

While we have made some recent releases to SVG-edit for bug fixes, refactoring and documentation to make the codebase more maintainable, the core developers responsible for the bulk of the drawing features are no longer active with the project, so we would love others familiar with SVG to join the project.


Try SVG-edit here

See a working editor on master version, which requires a modern browser).

We also build a systemJS version at master

You may also obtain URLs for specific releases.


Quick install

  1. Clone or copy the repository contents (at least the editor directory). Please note that you should not do a recursive Git clone (i.e., with the --recursive or --recurse-submodules flags), as you will get assorted past versions (which are available on the parent as branches anyways). (The reason these past versions are available as submodules is merely for convenience in hosting these versions, along with master, online on Github Pages.)
  2. If you need programmatic customization, see its section below.
  3. Otherwise, just add an iframe to your site, adding any extensions or configuration (see docs/tutorials/ ([ConfigOptions]{@tutorial ConfigOptions})) within the URL:
<iframe src="svgedit/src/editor/svg-editor.html?extensions="
    width="100%" height="100%"></iframe>

Note that if you want support for the following browsers, you will at least need some polyfills.

For Android Browser 4.4.3-4.4.4, you will need at least fetch.

For the following, you will need at least URL, Promise, and fetch:

And for still older browsers (e.g., IE 8), you will at minimum need a querySelector polyfill.

Integrating SVG-edit into your own npm package

These steps are only needed if you wish to set up your own npm package incorporating SVGEdit. You will need to have Node.js/npm installed.

  1. Create and enter an empty folder somewhere on your desktop.
  2. Create your npm package: npm init (complete the fields).
  3. Install SVG-edit into your package: npm i --save svgedit.
  4. Look within node_modules/svgedit/, e.g., node_modules/svgedit/src/editor/svg-editor.html for the files your package needs and use accordingly (from outside of node_modules).
  5. If you want to publish your own work, you can use npm publish.

Programmatic customization

  1. If you are not concerned about supporting ES6 Modules (see the “ES6 Modules file” section), you can add your config directly to svgedit-config-iife.js within the SVG-Edit project root.
  2. Note: Do not remove the import svgEditor... code which is responsible for importing the SVG edit code. Versions prior to 3.0 did not require this, but the advantage is that your HTML does not need to be polluted with extra script references.
  3. Modify or utilize any options. See docs/tutorials/ ([ConfigOptions]{@tutorial ConfigOptions}).

ES6 Modules file

  1. svg-editor-es.html is an HTML file directly using ES6 modules. It is only supported in the latest browsers. It is probably mostly useful for debugging, as it requires more network requests. If you would like to work with this file, you should make configuration changes in svgedit-config-es.js (in the SVG-Edit project root).
  2. If you are working with the ES6 Modules config but also wish to work with the normal svg-editor.html version (so your code can work in older browsers or get the presumable performance benefits of this file which references JavaScript rolled up into a single file), you can follow these steps after any config changes you make, so that your changes can also be automatically made available to both versions.
    1. JavaScript:
      1. Run npm install within the svgedit directory (node_modules/svgedit if you installed via npm) and the root repository directory if you cloned the Git repository instead. This will install the build tools for SVG-edit.
      2. Run npm run build-by-config within the svgedit directory mentioned in the step above.
        1. This will rebuild svgedit-config-iife.js (applying Babel to allow it to work on older browsers and applying Rollup to build all JavaScript into one file). The file will then contain non-ES6 module JavaScript that can work in older browsers. Note that it bundles all of SVGEdit, so it is to be expected that this file will be much larger in size than the original ES6 config file.
    2. HTML:
      1. If you wish to make changes to both HTML files, it is recommended that you work and test on svg-editor-es.html and then run npm run build-html to have the changes properly copied to svg-editor.html.

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Supported browsers

- Opera 59+,
- IE 12+,
- Chrome 75+,
- FireFox 68+,
- Safari 10+

Support for old browsers may require to use an older version of the package. However,
please open an issue if you need support for a specific version of your browser so
the project team can decide if we should support with the latest version.

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