The <image> SVG element includes images inside SVG documents. It can display raster image files or other SVG files.

The only image formats SVG software must support are JPEG, PNG, and other SVG files. Animated GIF behavior is undefined.

SVG files displayed with <image> are treated as an image: external resources aren't loaded, :visited styles aren't applied, and they cannot be interactive. To include dynamic SVG elements, try <use> with an external URL. To include SVG files and run scripts inside them, try <object> inside of <foreignObject>.

Note: The HTML spec defines <image> as a synonym for <img> while parsing HTML. This specific element and its behavior only apply inside SVG documents or inline SVG.

Usage context

CategoriesGraphics element, Graphics referencing element
Permitted contentAny number of the following elements, in any order:
Animation elements
Descriptive elements

Attributes

Global attributes

Specific attributes

  • x: Positions the image horizontally from the origin.
  • y: Positions the image vertically from the origin.
  • width: The width the image renders at. Unlike HTML's <img>, this attribute is required.
  • height: The height the image renders at. Unlike HTML's <img>, this attribute is required.
  • xlink:href: Points at a URL for the image file.
  • preserveAspectRatio: Controls how the image is scaled.

DOM Interface

<image> implements the SVGImageElement interface.

Example

Basic rendering of a PNG image in SVG:

SVG

<svg width=200 height=200 
     xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" 
     xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink">       
  <image xlink:href="https://mdn.mozillademos.org/files/6457/mdn_logo_only_color.png" height="200" width="200"/>    
</svg>

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
The definition of '<image>' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Allows omitting height and width
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of '<image>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support1 Yes1.5983.1
height ? ? ? ? ? ?
preserveAspectRatio ? ? ? ? ? ?
width ? ? ? ? ? ?
x ? ? ? ? ? ?
xlink:href ? ? ? ? ? ?
y ? ? ? ? ? ?
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support31 Yes4 Yes3.1 ?
height ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
preserveAspectRatio ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
width ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
x ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
xlink:href ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
y ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

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