What Is an SVG File?

How to open, edit and convert SVG files

what you need to know

  • An SVG file is a scalable vector graphics file.
  • Open one with any browser or an imaging tool like Photoshop, Illustrator, or GIMP.
  • Convert to PNG or JPG using our tool (below) or other formats with a graphics editor.

This article explains what an SVG file is and how the format differs from other image formats, how to open one, and how to convert one to a more common format like PNG or JPG.

What is an SVG file?

A file with the SVG file extension is most likely a Scalable Vector Graphics file. Files in this format use an XML-based text format to describe how the image should appear.

Since text is used to describe the graphic, an SVG file can be scaled to different sizes without losing quality; In other words, the format is independent resolution. That’s why website and print graphics are often created in SVG format, so they can be resized to fit different designs in the future.

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If an SVG file is compressed using GZIP compression, the file will end up with the .SVGZ file extension and could be 50-80% smaller.

Other files with the .SVG file extension that are not related to a graphics format may be saved game files. games like Return to Castle Wolfenstein Y Grand Theft Auto save game progress to SVG file.

How to open an SVG file

The easiest and fastest way to open an SVG file for to see (not for editing) is with a modern web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Internet Explorer; almost all of them should provide some kind of rendering support for SVG. This means you can open SVG files online without having to download them first.

Open SVG file in Chrome

If you To do you already have an SVG file on your computer, the web browser can also be used as an offline SVG viewer. Open these SVG files via web browser Open the option (the CONTROL+EITHER keyboard shortcut).

SVG files can be created through Adobe Illustrator, so you can use this program to open the file. Some other Adobe programs that support SVG files (provided the SVG Kit for Adobe CS plugin is installed) include the Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and InDesign programs. Adobe Animate also works with SVG files.

Some non-Adobe programs that can open an SVG file include Microsoft Visio, CorelDRAW, Corel PaintShop Pro, and CADSoftTools ABViewer.

Inkscape, GIMP, and Vectornator are free programs that can work with SVG files, but you must download them to open the SVG file.

Since a scalable vector graphics file is really a text file in its details, you can view the text version of the file in any text editor. Consider using one of the best free text editors or use your operating system’s default text reader, such as Notepad in Windows.

Open SVG file in Notepad++

For save game files, the game that created the SVG file probably uses it automatically when you resume the game, which means you probably can’t manually open the SVG file through the program’s menu. However, even if you manage to open the SVG file via a Open any menu, you must use the correct SVG file that comes with the game that created it.

If the game itself doesn’t open the SVG file, try the GTA2 save game editor or open the SVG file in a text editor to see if there’s anything useful there.

How to convert an SVG file

The easiest way to convert an SVG file to PNG or JPG, the two most common image formats, is to use our own SVG file converter:

Converting an SVG file with an online tool like ours is often the fastest and easiest way to get the file in the format you want. No need to have installed an expensive program or download unknown software.

If you need to convert it to a different format, like PDF or GIF, and your SVG is quite small, a third-party online tool like Zamzar will suffice.

Autotracer is another online SVG converter that allows you to convert SVG (from your device or via its URL) to other types of formats like EPS, Adobe Illustrator (AI) file, DXF, PDF, SK, etc.

If you have a larger SVG file, all of the software programs listed above in the How to open an SVG file you should also be able to save/export the SVG file to a new format.

For example, if you’re using Inkscape, after opening/editing the SVG file, you can save it as SVG with any changes you make, but you can also save it to a different file format like PNG, PDF, DXF, ODG, EPS, TAR, PS, HPGL and many more.

More about SVG files

The Scalable Vector Graphics format was created in 1999 and is still under development by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

As you read earlier, the entire content of an SVG file is just text. If you were to open one in a text editor, you would only see text like the example above. This is how SVG viewers can display the image, by reading the text and understanding how it should be displayed.

Looking at this example, you can see how easy it is to change the dimensions of the image to make it as big as you want without affecting the quality of the edges or the color. Since the image rendering instructions can be easily edited in an SVG editor, the image itself can also be edited.

Frequent questions

  • What is the difference between SVG, PNG and JPG? SVG is a vector graphics format that represents images as mathematical values. JPG is a raster or bitmap image format, while PNG uses binary code to compress image data. SVG files are preferred for graphic design because anyone can easily see the intended dimensions of each element in the image.
  • How to convert an SVG file to a Microsoft Word document? You can include SVG files in a Microsoft Word document in the same way that you include images in Word. When you select the SVG image, you can make changes using the Format tab at the top of Word. You can do the same in Microsoft Outlook and Excel.

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