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What are SVG files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a SVG file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your SVG files.

What is a SVG file?

SVG files have multiple uses, and Scalable Vector Graphics is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Scalable Vector Graphics

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

We have identified eight SVG openers that are compatible with this specific type of SVG file.

Programs that open Scalable Vector Graphics files

Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified
Google ChromeGoogle ChromeVerified
Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterVerified
Microsoft EdgeMicrosoft EdgeVerified

Last updated: September 27, 2023

All known file formats using extension .SVG

While Scalable Vector Graphics is a popular type of SVG-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .SVG file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

3D Draw SVG Image

We know that one SVG format is 3D Draw SVG Image. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

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

SuperView Graphics Bitmap

We know that one SVG format is SuperView Graphics Bitmap. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

Various apps that use files with this extension

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.

Maxthon Cloud BrowserMaxthon Cloud BrowserVerified
Corel PaintShop ProCorel PaintShop ProUser submitted
GIMPGIMPUser submitted
LibreOfficeLibreOfficeUser submitted
Edge Code CCEdge Code CCUser submitted
BracketsBracketsUser submitted
Brave BrowserBrave BrowserUser submitted
CocCocCocCocUser submitted
ChromiumChromiumUser submitted
ABViewerABViewerUser submitted

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