What is an SVG file?


How to open and edit SVG files?

What to Know

  • Scalable Vector Graphics files are called SVG files.
  • You can open it with any browser, an image tool such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and GIMP.
  • Use our tool to convert to PNG and JPG, or to other formats using a graphics editor.

This article will explain what an SVG file looks like, how it differs from other image formats, how you can open one, and how you can convert it to a more popular format such as PNG or JPG.

What is an SVG file?

SVG files are most likely Scalable Vector Graphics files. This format uses an XML-based text file format to describe the appearance of the image.

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 resolution-independent. SVG files are used to create website and print graphics. They can also be resized to suit different designs.

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GZIP compression can be used to compress SVG files. The file may be half as large or even 80 percent smaller if it is saved with the.SVGZ extension.

Other files that have the extension.SVG may be Saved Game files. Return to Castle Wolfenstein or Grand Theft Auto can save the progress to an SVG.

How to open an SVG file

To view an SVG file (not to modify it) the easiest and fastest way is to use a modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Internet Explorer. Nearly all web browsers should have some rendering support for the SVG format. You can view online SVG files by using this browser without downloading them.

The web browser can be used to view SVG files offline if you do have one. These SVG files can be opened using the Open option (the Cltrl+ O keyboard shortcut).

SVG files can also be created using Adobe Illustrator. You can then use that program for opening the file. Other Adobe programs that can open SVG files are Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Adobe Animate can also work with SVG files.

There are some non-Adobe programs which can open SVG files, such as Microsoft Visio and CorelDRAW. Corel PaintShop PRO. CADSoftTools ABViewer.

Inkscape and GoogleIMP can open SVG files. However, you will need to download them before opening the SVG file.

You can view the Scalable Vector Graphics file in text mode using any text editor, since it is a text file in its details. Use one of the most popular free text editors or the default text reader on your operating system such as Notepad in Windows.

Saved Game files are most likely created by the game. This means that the SVG file is automatically opened when the game resumes gameplay. Even if the SVG file opens through an Open menu, it must be the correct SVG file.

If the game won’t open the SVG files, you can try GTA2 Saving Game Editor or open the SVG in a text editor to check if it’s useful.

How to Convert an SVG file

Our SVG converter makes it easy to convert SVG files to JPG or PNG, which are the most popular image formats.

Our online tool allows you to convert an SVG file from one file to another. This is often the fastest and most efficient way to convert your file. You don’t need to have expensive software installed, or download new software.

Zamzar, a third-party online tool, can be used to convert your SVG to another format such as PDF or GIF.

Autotracer allows you to convert SVGs from your device or its URL to other formats such as EPS, Adobe Illustrator files (AI),, PDF, DXF and SK.

Any software program mentioned in the Open an SVG File section will be able to export/save the SVG file to another format if you have a larger SVG.

If you use Inkscape, you can open/edit the SVG files and save them back to SVG. You can also save it to another file format such as PNG, PDF or DXF with any modifications you make.

More information on SVG Files

The Scalable Vector Graphics format was developed in 1999 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

As you have seen, an SVG file’s entire contents are text. You would only see the text if you opened it in a text editor like the one shown above. SVG viewers can show the image by reading the text and understanding the display requirements.

This example shows how easy it can be to change the dimensions of an image without affecting its quality or color. The instructions for rendering an image can also be modified in an SVG editor.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • What’s the difference between PNG, SVG and JPG? The vector-based graphic format that uses images as mathematical values. JPG is a bitmap or raster image format. PNG uses binary to compress the image data. SVG files are better for graphic design as anyone can see the intended dimensions of each element.
  • How can I convert an SVG image to a Microsoft Word file? SVG files can be included in a Microsoft Word text document in the same way that pictures are inserted into Word. You can edit the SVG image by clicking the Format tab in the top right corner of Word. The same thing can be done in Microsoft Outlook or Excel.



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