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less-plugin-inline-svg

2.0.1 • Public • Published

less-plugin-inline-svg

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A Less plugin that allows to inline SVG file and customize its CSS styles

Installation

You can install the library using NPM:

npm install less-plugin-inline-svg

or by Yarn:

yarn add less-plugin-inline-svg

Example usage with Less CLI

lessc --inline-svg file.less file.css
lessc --inline-svg="base64=true" file.less file.css
lessc --inline-svg="encode=true" file.less file.css

Programmatic usage

const less = require('less');
const LessPluginInlineSvg = require('less-plugin-inline-svg');
 
const inlineSvg = new LessPluginInlineSvg({
  base64: true
});
 
const options = {
    plugins: [ inlineSvg ]
};
 
less.render(css, options)
    .then(...);

Options

  • options.encode (boolean)

    default: false - Turn on SVG entities encoding for the SVG output.

  • options.base64 (boolean)

    default: false - Turn on Base64 encoding for the SVG output.

Usage and motivation

Let's imagine you would like to inline an SVG image file into your CSS code and use it as a background. Additionally, you would like to pass a custom SVG styling attributes that will change ex. the filling color of the image.

Example

Sample SVG file:

src/images/my-image.svg

<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 15 15" width="64" height="64">
  <path id="my-icon" d="M7.5,0.5c3.9,0,7,3.1,7,7c0,3.9-3.1,7-7,7c-3.9,0-7-3.1-7-7l0,0C0.5,3.6,3.6,0.5,7.5,0.5 C7.5,0.5,7.5,0.5,7.5,0.5L7.5,0.5L7.5,0.5z M6.1,4.7v5.6l4.2-2.8L6.1,4.7z"/>
</svg>

For the less file:

src/less/my-styles.less

.foo-style {
    background-image: inline-svg('../images/my-image.svg''my-icon''fill: blue');
}

After compiling:

lessc -inline-svg less/my-styles.less css/my-styles.css

The produced output would look like this:

.foo-style {
  background-image: url('data:image/svg+xml;charset=UTF-8,<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 15 15" width="64" height="64"><path id="my-icon" d="M7.5,0.5c3.9,0,7,3.1,7,7c0,3.9-3.1,7-7,7c-3.9,0-7-3.1-7-7l0,0C0.5,3.6,3.6,0.5,7.5,0.5 C7.5,0.5,7.5,0.5,7.5,0.5L7.5,0.5L7.5,0.5z M6.1,4.7v5.6l4.2-2.8L6.1,4.7z" fill="blue"/></svg>');
}
 

Helpe syntax

background-image: inline-svg('<<image path>>''<<ID attribute of SVG node>>''<<custom styling attributes that will be passed to found SVG node>>');

Interpolations

Thanks to the Less build-in variables and string interpolations you can pass the variable value to the helper:

.foo-style {
    @color: 'red';
 
    background-image: inline-svg('../images/my-image.svg''my-icon''fill: @{color}');
}

SVG Encoding

Some browser might not like the raw SVG code inlined into the CSS files. You can turn on the encoding option and encode the SVG entities (ex. <, >, =, " etc.) before outputting the code to CSS file. The encoding function is using encodeURIComponent JavaScript function and returns URI safe data.

Example:

const inlineSvg = new LessPluginInlineSvg({
  encode: true
});

Base64 Encoding

You can also turn on the Base64 encoding by passing the base64: true option. This will encode the SVG result and make it binary safe to inline in the CSS file. Turning this option on, will increase the size of inline output for about 33%.

Example:

const inlineSvg = new LessPluginInlineSvg({
  base64: true
});

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