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    In an attempt to keep this repo more active and merge PRs and do releases, if you would like to be a contributor, please start a conversation with me at gabelerner at gmail. The prerequisite is to have a few PRs open to prove out an understanding of the code. Thanks!


    canvg is a SVG parser and renderer. It takes a URL to a SVG file or the text of an SVG file, parses it in JavaScript, and renders the result on a Canvas element. The rendering speed of the examples is about as fast as native SVG.

    What's implemented?

    The end goal is everything from the SVG spec. The majority of the rendering and animation is working. If you would like to see a feature implemented, don't hesitate to contact me or add it to the issues list.

    Potential uses

    • Allows for inline embedding of SVG through JavaScript (w/o having to request another file or break validation)
    • Allows for single SVG version across all browsers that support Canvas
    • Allows for mobile devices supporting Canvas but not SVG to render SVG
    • Allows for SVG -> Canvas -> png transition all on the client side (through toDataUrl)

    Example Demonstration


    jsfiddle playground

    Locally, you can run npm start and view the examples at http://localhost:3123/examples/index.htm


    npm run build then look in the dist folder


    • npm run test-node runs tests on node
    • npm run test-browser runs tests on browser
    • npm run generate-expected foo.svg to create the expected png for a given svg in the svgs folder

    Usage on the server

    npm install canvg canvas@^2 jsdom@^13 xmldom@^0

    The dependencies required on the server only are peers so must be installed alongside the canvg package.

    Older version

    npm install canvg@^1.5

    Usage on the browser

    For browser applications with a build process, canvg can be installed using npm similar to use on the server. Note in this case the peer dependencies are not required so do not need to be installed.

    Alternatively, canvg can be included directly into a webpage:

    <!-- Required to convert named colors to RGB -->
    <script src=""></script>
    <!-- Optional if you want blur -->
    <script src="^1/dist/stackblur.min.js"></script>
    <!-- Main canvg code -->
    <script src=""></script>

    Put a canvas on your page

    <canvas id="canvas" width="1000px" height="600px"></canvas>

    Example canvg calls:

    window.onload = function() {
      //load '../path/to/your.svg' in the canvas with id = 'canvas'
      canvg('canvas', '../path/to/your.svg')
      //load a svg snippet in the canvas with id = 'drawingArea'
      canvg(document.getElementById('drawingArea'), '<svg>...</svg>')
      //ignore mouse events and animation
      canvg('canvas', 'file.svg', { ignoreMouse: true, ignoreAnimation: true })

    The third parameter is options:

    • log: true => console.log information
    • ignoreMouse: true => ignore mouse events
    • ignoreAnimation: true => ignore animations
    • ignoreDimensions: true => does not try to resize canvas
    • ignoreClear: true => does not clear canvas
    • offsetX: int => draws at a x offset
    • offsetY: int => draws at a y offset
    • scaleWidth: int => scales horizontally to width
    • scaleHeight: int => scales vertically to height
    • renderCallback: function => will call the function after the first render is completed
    • errorCallback: function => will call if error occured
    • forceRedraw: function => will call the function on every frame, if it returns true, will redraw
    • useCORS: true => will attempt to use CORS on images to not taint canvas

    You can call canvg without parameters to replace all svg images on a page. See the example.

    There is also a built in extension method to the canvas context to draw svgs similar to the way drawImage works:

    var c = document.getElementById('canvas');
    var ctx = c.getContext('2d');
    ctx.drawSvg(SVG_XML_OR_PATH_TO_SVG, dx, dy, dw, dh);


    npm i @creately/canvg

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