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A Python library to create SVG drawings.

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This package is inactive! No new features will be added, there will be no change of behavior, just bugfixes will be merged.


A Python library to create SVG drawings.

a simple example:

import svgwrite

dwg = svgwrite.Drawing('test.svg', profile='tiny')
dwg.add(dwg.line((0, 0), (10, 0), stroke=svgwrite.rgb(10, 10, 16, '%')))
dwg.add(dwg.text('Test', insert=(0, 0.2), fill='red'))

for more examples see:

As the name svgwrite implies, svgwrite creates new SVG drawings, it does not read existing drawings and also does not import existing drawings, but you can always include other SVG drawings by the <image> entity.

svgwrite is a pure Python package and has no external dependencies.


with pip:

pip install svgwrite

or from source:

python install


svgwrite can be found on at:



Version 1.4.3 - 2022-07-14

  • BUGFIX: #114 Polyline validation by @normanrz

Version 1.4.2 - 2022-03-23

  • This package is INACTIVE!

    • No new features will be added.

    • There will be no change of behavior.

    • Only bugfixes will be merged.

  • Merged some contributions and bugfixes.

Version 1.4.1 - 2021-01-15

  • This package is in maintenance mode, no new features will be added, there will be no change of behavior, just bugfixes will be merged.

  • Merged some contributions and bugfixes.

Version 1.4 - 2020-03-28

  • Requires Python 3.6

  • Removed Python2 support

  • Optimized/faster module by Florian Festi

  • Removed batch files to run tests on Windows, use pytest or tox instead

Version 1.3.1 - 2019-06-28

  • BUGFIX: changed license of module to MIT license

Version 1.3.0 - 2019-06-23

  • Dropping Python 2 support in v1.4

  • NEW: easy stylesheet embedding: Drawing.embed_stylesheet(content), see example

  • NEW: embedded local fonts: Drawing.embed_font(fontname, filename), see example

  • NEW: embedded web fonts: Drawing.embed_google_web_font(fontname, uri), see example

  • NEW: shapes extension by Christof Hanke

  • NEW: for write(), save() and saveas(), indentation for pretty print is configurable by Mitar

  • BUGFIX: converted regex strings in tests to raw strings by tirkarthi

Version 1.2.1 - 2018-11-16

  • BUGFIX: Python 2 pretty print encoding issue

Version 1.2.0 - 2018-10-27

  • NEW: Inkscape extension - support for Inkscape layers

  • BUGFIX: compatibility with Python 3.7 by fixing re.split() usage

Version 1.1.12 - 2017-12-27

  • BUGFIX: values attribute for element animate, accepts any semicolon separated values

Version 1.1.11 - 2017-05-31

  • CHANGED: e.set_markers((sm, mm, em)), accepts None/False values to set markers individually, like just set end marker: s.set_markers((None, False, em))

  • BUGFIX: text-decoration attribute accepts multiple values like ‘underline overline’

Version 1.1.10 - 2017-01-28

  • NEW: added pretty argument to Drawing.write, and Drawing.saveas to produce easy to read XML output, svgwrite reparses the output string with minidom, this reduces the performance because this process requires memory and runtime, default value for pretty is False.

  • Moved repository to

Version 1.1.9 - 2016-10-26

  • NEW: added solidColor paint server (only valid in the Tiny 1.2 profile)

Version 1.1.8 - 2016-05-31

  • BUGFIX: None checks: ‘if value:’ -> ‘if value is not None:’

Version 1.1.7 - 2016-05-22

  • BUGFIX: color accepts percentage values as floats like “rgb(10.2%, 3.78%, 20%)”

Version 1.1.6 - 2014-05-30

  • BUGFIX: sign for offset-value wasn’t optional

Version 1.1.5 - 2014-03-26

  • BUGFIX: xml serialization for CPython 3.4.0

Version 1.1.4 - 2014-03-16

  • simplified path parser

  • pyparsing as external dependency (by jenselme)

Version 1.1.3 - 2013-10-01

  • updated pyparsing for Python 3 to version 2.0.1 (prior version caused memory leaks)

  • BUGFIX: utf8 to unicode encoding error for Python 2.7

  • Tests for Python 3 require CPython3.3 or newer, using the ‘u’ prefix.

Version 1.1.2 - 2013-01-08

  • prevent from compiling all modules - error with ‘’ and Python3

  • BUGFIX: all tests run with CPython3.3

Version 1.1.1 - 2012-08-15

  • License changed to MIT License

  • tested with CPython2.7, CPython3.2, CPython3.3 and pypy-1.9 on Win7 Pro 32-bit

  • BUGFIX: dwg.animateTranform() -> dwg.animateTransform()

  • BUGFIX: in examples, replaced width and height params by size parameter

  • added examples

  • edit docs

Version 1.0.1 - 2012-06-08

  • added inline stylesheets

  • added examples created by Lawrence Tattrie

Version 1.0.0 - 2012-05-27

Version 0.2.4 - 2011-12-30

  • beta version

  • Python 2.7: all strings will be converted by the unicode() function, for strings containing none-ascii-characters use prefix u"" or better use from __future__ import unicode_literals, because this is Python 3 compatible.

  • tested with CPython 2.7, CPython 3.2, and PyPy 1.7

  • BUGFIX: color parsing accepts white spaces in rgb() like rgb(0, 0, 0)

Version 0.2.3 - 2010-11-13

  • beta version

  • Python 3.1 support

  • splitted into several files and moved them to the subdir ‘examples’

Version 0.2.2 - 2010-11-05

  • alpha version

  • removed ‘attribs’ parameter from all constructors

  • new elements: Set, Animate, AnimateMotion, AnimateColor, AnimateTransform, all filter elements

  • added set_desc(title, desc), set_metadata(xmldata) to BaseElement class

  • moved content of to, (ITransform -> Transform and so on)

Version 0.2.1 - 2010-10-31

  • alpha version

  • new elements: Marker, ClipPath, Mask

  • paint service: LinearGradient, RadialGradient, Pattern

Version 0.2.0 - 2010-10-24

  • alpha version

  • validator rewritten as

  • debug and profile options separated for each drawing object

  • important change: create objects with factory functions of the Drawing class: drawing.<svg-elementname>(…)

  • added mixins for setting stroke and fill properties

  • new elements: Hyperlink, Image, TextArea,

Version 0.1.0 - 2010-09-26

  • alpha version

  • new elements:

    • basic shapes: Line, Rect, Circle, Ellipse, Polyline, Polygon, Path

    • text elements: Text, TSpan, TRef, TextPath

    • container elements: Group, Symbol, SVG, Use, Defs

  • for examples see:

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