SVG File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a SVG file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .SVG files.

What is a SVG file?

SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. The files that contain the .svg file extension store two-dimensional graphics. The SVG file format is based on the XML markup language. This means that even though the file contains an image, the file itself is actually stored in a text-based file format.

The SVG file format was created by the World Wide Web Consortium as a standard way to display vector graphics on the Internet.

Files with the .svg extension are often created in Adobe Creative Suite applications, but are not solely reserved for the Adobe programs.

SVG files can be compressed, but once compressed the files will contain the .svgz extension.

How to open SVG files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension SVG for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different SVG openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension SVG

While we know of one file format using the .SVG file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .SVG file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of SVG files. Remember, different programs may use SVG files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterUser submitted
Google ChromeGoogle ChromeUser submitted
SafariSafariUser submitted
Maxthon Cloud BrowserMaxthon Cloud BrowserUser submitted
Paint Shop ProPaint Shop ProUser submitted
GIMPGIMPUser submitted
InkscapeInkscapeUser submitted
Corel PaintShop ProCorel PaintShop ProUser submitted
Edge Code CCEdge Code CCUser submitted
BracketsBracketsUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with SVG-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with SVG-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!