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svglib 0.6.3

An experimental library for reading and converting SVG.

Svglib is an experimental library for reading SVG files and converting them (to a reasonable degree) to other formats using the Open Source ReportLab Toolkit. As a package it reads existing SVG files and returns them converted to ReportLab Drawing objects that can be used in a variety of ReportLab-related contexts, e.g. as Platypus Flowable objects or in RML2PDF. As a command-line tool it converts SVG files into PDF ones.

Tests include a vast amount of tests from the W3C SVG test suite. It also accesses around 200 flags from for test purposes (some of them hinting at more work to be done).

This release changes the license from GPL 3 to LGPL 3, introduces tiny bug fix reported by Harald Armin Massa and adapts to changed URLs for Wikipedia SVG flags used for test purposes.


  • convert SVG files into ReportLab Graphics Drawing objects
  • handle plain or compressed SVG files (.svg and .svgz)
  • allow patterns for output files on command-line
  • install a Python package named svglib
  • install a Python command-line script named svg2pdf
  • provide a Unittest test suite
  • test on some standard W3C SVG tests available online
  • test on some Wikipedia sample SVG symbols available online
  • test on some Wikipedia sample SVG flags available online


You can use svglib as a Python package e.g. like in the following interactive Python session:

>>> from svglib.svglib import svg2rlg
>>> from import renderPDF
>>> drawing = svg2rlg("file.svg")
>>> renderPDF.drawToFile(drawing, "file.pdf")

In addition a script named svg2pdf can be used more easily from the system command-line like this (you can see more examples when typing svg2pdf -h):

$ svg2pdf file1.svg file2.svgz
$ svg2pdf -o "%(basename)s.pdf" /path/file[12].svgz?
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