The <marker> element defines the graphics that is to be used for drawing arrowheads or polymarkers on a given <path>, <line>, <polyline> or <polygon> element.

Usage context

CategoriesContainer element
Permitted contentAny number of the following elements, in any order:
Animation elements
Descriptive elements
Shape elements
Structural elements
Gradient elements
<a>, <altGlyphDef>, <clipPath>, <color-profile>, <cursor>, <filter>, <font>, <font-face>, <foreignObject>, <image>, <marker>, <mask>, <pattern>, <script>, <style>, <switch>, <text>, <view>


Global attributes

Specific attributes

DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGMarkerElement interface.



<?xml version="1.0"?>
<svg width="120" height="120" viewBox="0 0 120 120"
    xmlns="" version="1.1">

    <marker id="Triangle" viewBox="0 0 10 10" refX="1" refY="5"
        markerWidth="6" markerHeight="6" orient="auto">
      <path d="M 0 0 L 10 5 L 0 10 z" />

  <polyline points="10,90 50,80 90,20" fill="none" stroke="black" 
      stroke-width="2" marker-end="url(#Triangle)" />



Specification Status Comment
SVG Markers
The definition of '<marker>' in that specification.
Working Draft  
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
The definition of '<marker>' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation  
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of '<marker>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) IE Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 1.5 (1.8) 9.0 9.0 3.0.4
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 3.0 1.0 (1.8) No support (Yes) 3.0.4

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