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🌱 Garden is the design system by Zendesk

This repo packages a collection of SVG icons used throughout Zendesk products. All source icons are optimized for size + readability.


npm install @zendeskgarden/svg-icons

The package contains a src folder with individual SVG icons along with a combined "spritemap" dist of SVG symbols.


Garden SVGs come in two flavors – monochrome and two-tone. The primary fill/stroke will always be specified as currentColor. This means CSS text color style will cascade to the icon. Two-tone icons can receive a secondary color via the fill style property. In the following example, the top arrow of the "sort" icon will be blue; the bottom arrow will be red (see spritemap below for more re: SVG use with an external source).

<svg style="color: blue; fill: red;">
  <use xlink:href="index.svg#zd-svg-icon-12-sort-fill">

Once installed, SVG icons may be accessed in a variety of ways. The following list demonstrates several possibilities, however usage will vary depending on the particular needs of your application.

  • JavaScript

    In the following snippet, a source SVG is loaded just like any other JS module. SVGs loaded in this manner will benefit from the same caching as any other JS asset.

    import ZendeskIcon from '@zendeskgarden/svg-icons/src/26/zendesk.svg';
    class ZendeskButton extends React.Component {
      render() {
        return (
            <ZendeskIcon />
  • PostCSS

    Several Garden CSS Components utilize the postcss-inline-svg plugin to compile SVGs into CSS.

    1. Configure the plugin:
    "postcss-inline-svg": {
      "path": "node_modules/@zendeskgarden/svg-icons/src"
    1. Load an SVG in your source CSS:
    .icon {
      background-image: svg-load('16/remove.svg', color: #007fab);
    1. Build via postcss to inline the SVG into your destination CSS as a data URI:
    .icon {
      background-image: url("data:image/svg+xml;charset=utf-8,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' width='16' height='16' viewBox='0 0 16 16' color='%23007FAB' ...");
  • Spritemap

    The main distribution from the npm package is an SVG "spritemap" containing all source icons as <symbol> elements. Once that file is hosted, any icon may be externally referenced using its unique ID.

      <use xlink:href="/path/to/index.svg#zd-svg-icon-16-chevron-down-stroke">

    By referencing the external resource, you take advantage of the browser cache. Subsequent <use xlink:href> will leverage the cached SVG spritemap. Note you'll need to use a polyfill like svg4everybody to compensate for browsers (IE9-11) that can't handle external SVG content.

  • Build pipeline

    There are numerous plugins for handling SVG files via an asset bundler (webpack, gulp, grunt, etc.). Search npm and select one that fits your needs.


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Copyright 2021 Zendesk

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0



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