.SVG File Extension

File Type 1

Scalable Vector Graphics File

Developer Adobe Systems
4.3  |  376 Votes
Category Vector Image Files
Format XML

What is an SVG file?

An SVG file is a graphic saved in a two-dimensional vector graphic format created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). It stores information that describes an image in a text format based on XML. SVG files may include vector shapes, embedded raster graphics (also known as bitmap images), and text.

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Screenshot of a .svg file in Adobe Illustrator 2021
SVG file open in Adobe Illustrator 2021

The SVG format is an open standard developed under the W3C, with contributions from Adobe, and initially released in 2001. The W3C has released several SVG specifications since 2001, including SVG 1.1, SVG Tiny 1.2, and SVG 2.0.

Graphics professionals commonly use SVG files for storing web, mobile, and print graphics. Web designers also publish graphics online in the SVG format since they are scalable and can be modified with CSS and scripting languages, such as JavaScript.

You can create SVG graphics with various tools, but one of the most prominent ones utilized by professionals is Adobe Illustrator (Windows and macOS). To export a design as an SVG file with Illustrator, select File → Save As... or File → Export → Export As..., and choose SVG from the format dropdown menu.

NOTE: If you need to reduce the size of an SVG file (helpful when transferring graphics online), you can export it as an .SVGZ file. The SVG graphic is compressed with the gzip algorithm when you do this.

How to open an SVG file

You can open SVG files with various image editors, including Adobe Illustrator, Corel PaintShop Pro (Windows), Inkscape (multiplatform), and GIMP (multiplatform).

Web browsers, such as Google Chrome (multiplatform), Microsoft Edge (multiplatform), Mozilla Firefox (multiplatform), and Apple Safari (multiplatform), also support SVG files.

NOTE: Since SVG files are saved in a text format based on XML you can create, modify, and save SVG files with text and XML editors.

How to convert an SVG file

Several applications, including Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, GIMP, and Inkscape, can convert SVG files to other formats.

For example, Adobe Illustrator can convert SVG files to many file types, including the following formats:

  • .JPG - JPEG Image
  • .PNG - Portable Network Graphic
  • .TIF - Tagged Image File Format
  • .DWG - AutoCAD Drawing
  • .EMF - Enhanced Windows Metafile
  • .WMF - Windows Metafile
  • .EPS - Encapsulated PostScript
  • .BMP - Bitmap Image
  • .PDF - Portable Document Format
  • .AI - Adobe Illustrator Artwork
  • .PSD - Adobe Photoshop Document
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Programs that open SVG files

Updated April 19, 2022
File Type 2

Saved Game File

Developer N/A
2.7  |  50 Votes
Category Game Files
Format N/A

What is an SVG file?

Saved game file created by various games, including Quake III: Team Arena, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and Grand Theft Auto 2 (GTA2); saves player progress in a game and allows progress to be resumed; typically saved by the game without the user having to manually access the actual file itself.

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Because different games use different formats for SVG files, you may have to try multiple programs before being able to open them. For example, GTA2 Saved Game Editor can edit SVG files created by GTA2 but not SVG files created by Quake III: Team Arena.

NOTE: If you don't have a program that opens or edits SVG files, try opening your SVG file in a text editor such as Notepad.

Programs that open or reference SVG files

Updated May 3, 2013

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