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A webpack loader which loads SVG file as utf-8 encoded DataUrl string.

Existing url-loader always does Base64 encoding for data-uri. As SVG content is a human-readable xml string, using base64 encoding is not mandatory. Instead, one may only escape unsafe characters and replace " with ' as described in this article.

There are some benefits for choosing utf-8 encoding over base64.

  1. Resulting string is shorter (can be ~2 times shorter for 2K-sized icons);
  2. Resulting string will be compressed better when using gzip compression;
  3. Browser parses utf-8 encoded string faster than its base64 equivalent.

Supported parameters

Parameters can be passed both in a url or from webpack config file. See Loaders section in webpack documentation for more details.

The loader supports the following parameters:


Passing this parameter (or setting to true) tells to loader not to include resulting string in quotes. This can be useful if one wants to use data-url for SVG image as a value for JavaScript variable.


If given will tell the loader not to encode the source file if its content is greater than this limit. Defaults to no limit. If the file is greater than the limit the file-loader is used and all query parameters are passed to it.

// => DataUrl if "file.png" is smaller that 1kb
// => Parameters for the file-loader are valid too
//    They are passed to the file-loader if used.


If given will tell the loader to strip out any XML declaration, e.g. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> at the beginning of imported SVGs. Internet Explorer (tested in Edge 14) cannot handle XML declarations in CSS data URLs (content: url("data:image/svg...")).



This option falls back to the file-loader if the file contains a style-element and the encoded size is above 4kB no matter the limit specified.

Internet Explorer (including IE11) stops parsing style-elements in SVG data-URIs longer than 4kB. This results in black fill-color for all styled shapes.



Documentation: Loaders

In JS:

// => DataUrl for file.svg, enclosed in quotes
// => DataUrl for file.svg, without quotes

In CSS (with webpack.config.js below):

.icon {
    background: url('../images/file.svg');
module.exports = {
    module: {
        rules: [
                test: /\.svg/,
                use: {
                    loader: 'svg-url-loader',
                    options: {}