The <use> element takes nodes from within the SVG document, and duplicates them somewhere else. The effect is the same as if the nodes were deeply cloned into a non-exposed DOM, then pasted where the use element is, much like cloned template elements.


The following example shows how to use the use element to draw a circle with a different fill and stroke color. In the last circle, stroke="red" will be ignored because stroke was already set on myCircle.

<svg viewBox="0 0 30 10" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">
  <circle id="myCircle" cx="5" cy="5" r="4" stroke="blue" />
  <use href="#myCircle" x="10" fill="blue" />
  <use href="#myCircle" x="20" fill="white" stroke="red" />



The URL to an element/fragment that needs to be duplicated. See Usage notes for details on common pitfalls.
Value type: <URL> ; Default value: none; Animatable: yes

xlink:href Deprecated

An <IRI> reference to an element/fragment that needs to be duplicated. If both href and xlink:href are present, the value given by href is used.
Value type: <IRI> ; Default value: none; Animatable: yes


The x coordinate of an additional final offset transformation applied to the <use> element.
Value type: <coordinate> ; Default value: 0; Animatable: yes


The y coordinate of an additional final offset transformation applied to the <use> element.
Value type: <coordinate> ; Default value: 0; Animatable: yes


The width of the use element.
Value type: <length> ; Default value: 0; Animatable: yes


The height of the use element.
Value type: <length> ; Default value: 0; Animatable: yes

Note: width, and height have no effect on use elements, unless the element referenced has a viewBox - i.e. they only have an effect when use refers to a svg or symbol element.

Note: Starting with SVG2, x, y, width, and height are Geometry Properties, meaning those attributes can also be used as CSS properties for that element.

Global attributes

Core Attributes

Most notably: id, tabindex

Styling Attributes
class, style
Conditional Processing Attributes

Most notably: requiredExtensions, systemLanguage

Event Attributes

Global event attributes, Graphical event attributes

Presentation Attributes

Most notably: clip-path, clip-rule, color, color-interpolation, color-rendering, cursor, display, fill, fill-opacity, fill-rule, filter, mask, opacity, pointer-events, shape-rendering, stroke, stroke-dasharray, stroke-dashoffset, stroke-linecap, stroke-linejoin, stroke-miterlimit, stroke-opacity, stroke-width, transform, vector-effect, visibility

ARIA Attributes

aria-activedescendant, aria-atomic, aria-autocomplete, aria-busy, aria-checked, aria-colcount, aria-colindex, aria-colspan, aria-controls, aria-current, aria-describedby, aria-details, aria-disabled, aria-dropeffect, aria-errormessage, aria-expanded, aria-flowto, aria-grabbed, aria-haspopup, aria-hidden, aria-invalid, aria-keyshortcuts, aria-label, aria-labelledby, aria-level, aria-live, aria-modal, aria-multiline, aria-multiselectable, aria-orientation, aria-owns, aria-placeholder, aria-posinset, aria-pressed, aria-readonly, aria-relevant, aria-required, aria-roledescription, aria-rowcount, aria-rowindex, aria-rowspan, aria-selected, aria-setsize, aria-sort, aria-valuemax, aria-valuemin, aria-valuenow, aria-valuetext, role

xlink:href Deprecated , xlink:title

Usage notes

Most attributes on use are ignored if the corresponding attribute is already defined on the element referenced by use. (This differs from how CSS style attributes override those set 'earlier' in the cascade). Only the attributes x, y, width, height and href on the use element will or may have some effect, described later, if the referenced element has already defined the corresponding attribute. However, any other attributes not set on the referenced element will be applied to the use element.

Since the cloned nodes are not exposed, care must be taken when using CSS to style a use element and its cloned descendants. CSS properties are not guaranteed to be inherited by the cloned DOM unless you explicitly request them using CSS inheritance.

For security reasons, browsers may apply the same-origin policy on use elements and may refuse to load a cross-origin URL in the href attribute. There is currently no defined way to set a cross-origin policy for use elements.

Warning: Loading resources with data URIs in the href attribute is deprecated for security reasons. This applies to <use href="data:... and also when setting href by using the set or setAttribute method. See "Load from data: URI" in the Browser compatibility table to check support in different browser versions.

Warning: Since SVG 2, the xlink:href attribute is deprecated in favor of href. See xlink:href page for more information.

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


Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
# UseElement

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