What is a .SVG File And How To Open It – Adobe Systems (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .svg extension and you don’t know what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .svg file extension and how to open it.

What is a .SVG file?

The .SVG file extension stands for Scalable Vector Graphics File. The developer of this file extension is Adobe Systems. This file belongs to the xml format and it is a vector related file.

What to know

There are currently 6 software that can open the .svg file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .SVG file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .SVG file on various operating systems.

How to open a .SVG file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .svg file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the Corel PaintShop Pro, GIMP, Inkscape, IrfanView and CADSoftTools ABViewer software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .SVG file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Corel PaintShop Pro software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .SVG file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .svg file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Inkscape and GIMP software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .SVG file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Inkscape software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .SVG file on Linux

To open the .svg file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Inkscape software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: GIMP and Inkscape.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .SVG file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Inkscape software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .SVG file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Google Drive. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .SVG file?

If you are still unable to open the .SVG file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .SVG file.svgz – Adobe Systems, .svh – IEEE, .svi – Samsung, .svm – StarDivision, .svn-base – The Apache Project. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .SVG file with the Corel PaintShop Pro, GIMP, Inkscape, IrfanView, CADSoftTools ABViewer programs on Windows, Inkscape, GIMP programs on Mac, Inkscape, GIMP software on Linux and Google Drive program in the Browser.