The svg element can be used to embed an SVG fragment inside the current document (for example, an HTML document). This SVG fragment has its own viewport and coordinate system.

Usage context

CategoriesContainer element, Structural 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>

Example

Consider the following SVG image (representing the national flag of Italy):

<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" 
     width="150" height="100" viewBox="0 0 3 2">

  <rect width="1" height="2" x="0" fill="#008d46" />
  <rect width="1" height="2" x="1" fill="#ffffff" />
  <rect width="1" height="2" x="2" fill="#d2232c" />
</svg>

It could be included in an HTML5 document as follows:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
  <meta charset="UTF-8" />
  <title>HTML/SVG Example</title>
</head>

<body>

  <svg width="150" height="100" viewBox="0 0 3 2">
    <rect width="1" height="2" x="0" fill="#008d46" />
    <rect width="1" height="2" x="1" fill="#ffffff" />
    <rect width="1" height="2" x="2" fill="#d2232c" />
  </svg>

</body>
</html>

Attributes

Global attributes

Specific attributes

DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGSVGElement interface.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
The definition of '<svg>' in that specification.
Working Draft  
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of '<svg>' 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 8.0 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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