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Loads SVG files into pyglet Batch objects for OpenGL rendering.

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SvgBatch is a Python package to load SVG vector graphic files, and convert them into pyglet Batch objects, for OpenGL rendering.

The polygons from the SVG file are tessellated using GLU functions, and used to create a pyglet Batch object of indexed vertex arrays of GL_TRIANGLES. The Batch will aggregate all paths from an SVG file into a single OpenGL primitive for rendering. Each path is also exposed in its untessellated form, so the application could use them for things other than rendering, for example collision detection.

Currently only a subset of SVG is handled - paths forming closed polygons, filled with solid color. Each path may comprise multiple loops (disjoint areas or holes), but must be made up from straight line edges. Arcs, beziers, gradient fills and other SVG entities such as rectangles or text are not currently handled.

Requires pyglet.


Nominally complete, and works with some simple SVG files that were generated by Inkscape, but has not yet been used in earnest.


You can import this package in your own Python projects by installing it to your site-packages directory. If you have setuptools installed, do this with the command-line:

easy_install svgbatch

Alternatively, download the source distribution from PyPI. The svgbatch directory from this can be incorporated as a package directly within your own project’s source, or else installed to site-packages using:

python install

Finally, you could check it out from Subversion on Google Code.


Very straightforward:

svg = SvgBatch('data/logo.svg')
batch = svg.create_batch()

create_batch() returns a pyglet Batch object, which can be rendered in a pyglet program using batch.draw() (see

Your application can access the untessellated geometry of each path, indexed by id, using:

path = svg.path_by_id['pathid']

where pathid is the string ID of the path tag in the SVG file. This can be set from within Inkscape by selecting Object properties for the path. The returned Path object has the following attributes:

  • id: string, copied from the svg tag’s id attribute

  • color: triple of unsigned bytes, (r, g, b)

  • loops: a list of loops. A loop is a list of vertices. A vertex is a pair of floats or ints.

  • bounds: an object which provides the axis-aligned extents of the path, as xmin, xmax, ymin, ymax.

  • offset(x, y): a method which will add the given offset to all vertices in the path

Known Issues

  • It generally chokes on real-world SVG files other than the small ones I’m saving from Inkscape, due to unhandled SVG entities such as rectangles or text. Avoid this by just using closed, straight-edged paths filled with plain color.

  • I’ve only tested it on Windows. My lappy graphics chipset doesn’t work for OpenGL stuff on Ubuntu Jaunty, due to the fact that ATI blows sweaty donkey nuts.


See TODO.txt


Many thanks to Martin O’Leary of, whos Squirtle module formed a major inspiration for this entire project, and in particular for his sublime tesselation code, which I have copied wholesale under the terms of the BSD.

This project would be naught without the fabulous pyglet.

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