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A Python library to create SVG drawings.

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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:


with pip:

pip install svgwrite

or from source:

python install


run tests with nosetests or with Python 2.7:

python -m unittest discover -s tests

on Windows & Python 2.7:



Version 1.0.0 - … May 2012

Version 0.2.4 - 30 December 2011

  • 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 - 13 November 2010

  • beta version
  • Python 3.1 support
  • splitted into several files and moved them to the subdir ‘examples’

Version 0.2.2 - 05 November 2010

  • 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 - 31 October 2010

  • alpha version
  • new elements: Marker, ClipPath, Mask
  • paint service: LinearGradient, RadialGradient, Pattern

Version 0.2.0 - 24 October 2010

  • 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 - 26 September 2010

  • 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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