Open svg file

svg file icon Did your computer fail to open svg file? We explain what svg files are and recommend software that we know can open your svg files.

What is svg file?

File extension svg is associated with the vector graphics format based on XML markup language. An svg vector file is stored in simple text format with XML tags. It is an open standard developed by World Wide Wide Consortium.

svg file description

File extension svg is mainly used for a vector XML based graphic format.

SVG is a vector format (for both static and animated graphics) based on the XML markup language, and was developed as an open standard by the World Wide Wide Consortium.

Some of the key features of the SVG format are:

  • Supports hyperlinks ("XLinks")
  • Supports vector shapes (e.g. lines, curves, etc.)
  • Supports raster objects
  • Supports text
  • Supports manipulations and combinations of objects including grouping, transformations, and scripting based on events 

Being based on XML (which is essentially text-based), SVG images are susceptible to compression. The svgz option is the standard way to do this in which the SVG file is saved using gzip compression as a svgz file.

There are several variants of SVG in use (SVG 1.0, SVG 1.1 and SVG Tiny 1.2 at the time of writing). In particular, the SVG Tiny (SVGT) and SVG Basic (SVGB) are subsets of the full SVG standard mainly intended for use on device with limited capabilities such as mobile phones or PDAs. Additionally, it should be noted that browser support for SVG is somewhat patchy - at present, in a lot of browsers, including Internet Explorer, a third-party plug-in (which many users will not have) is required to display SVG images.

MIME types used for SVG graphic files:

Software that will open svg file

Adobe Illustrator

A powerful vector graphics editor from Adobe


A vector graphics editor

CorelDraw Graphics Suite

A set of applications used by professional graphic designers

Other svg file extensions

svg - Active Backup Expert project

Files with svg file extension are associated with the Active Backup Export program.

svg - Microsoft Word glossary backup

Files with svg extension are used by the Microsoft Word program. An svg file stores glossary backup.

svg - Saved game data

The file extension svg is sometimes used for saved game files like e.g. Call of Duty computer game series.

svg - SuperView Graphic bitmap

An svg file extension is related to old picture image format used on Commodore Amiga computers.

svg - SVG fonts format

An svg file extension is also related to the SVG fonts format defined by XML based vector graphics format.

What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the file name, so for example filename.mp3 has file extension „mp3“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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