How to open SVG file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

SVG files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing SVG file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with SVG extension. However, it should be remembered that SVG file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is XML Based Vector Graphics Format but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

So, it is worth looking close at the problem concerning SVG files and search for its solution.

A list of programs supporting files types with SVG extension can be found below. Applications are sorted according to appropriate operational systems and their popularity.

  • XML Based Vector Graphics Format

    .svg file extension

    Category: Graphic Files

    OS Software
    Windows Adobe Illustrator CS5 Adobe Illustrator CS5
    Adobe Flash Player Adobe Flash Player
    Adobe Flash CS5 Adobe Flash CS5
    Adobe InDesign CS5 Adobe InDesign CS5
    Microsoft Visio 2010 Microsoft Visio 2010
    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5
    Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3
    Serif DrawPlus X4 Serif DrawPlus X4
    Inkscape Inkscape
    CADSoftTools ABViewer CADSoftTools ABViewer
    A Web browser A Web browser
    MAC OS Adobe Illustrator CS5 Adobe Illustrator CS5
    Adobe Flash Player Adobe Flash Player
    Adobe Flash CS5 Adobe Flash CS5
    Adobe InDesign CS5 Adobe InDesign CS5
    Inkscape Inkscape
    A Web browser A Web browser
    Linux GIMP GIMP
    KOffice Karbon KOffice Karbon
    Kolourpaint Kolourpaint
    Inkscape Inkscape
    A Web browser A Web browser

How to check if a file we want to open is not infected by malware or viruses?

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from SVG files in the Windows system.
  • Click “Start scanning” and wait until the programme performs the scanning process on your computer.

What are the reasons of errors concerning SVG extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning SVG extension are Windows system registry errors. That is why, in the first place it is recommended to:

  • Scan computer in order to identify, repair and open the SVG file
  • Check system registry from the angle of hidden errors
  • Repair file’s associations with programs in the system registry

If you are not sure if the above problems concern you, you should consider other frequent irregularities:

  • You do not have an appropriate application installed that supports SVG file extension
  • SVG file is corrupted
  • The application’s version necessary to open the file is not correct
  • The file is not assigned to an appropriate program

Solving problems with SVG files


If SVG file does not open, firstly, it is worth using files associations built in the Windows system with application that can support them. In order to do it, you should double-click a SVG file icon. A list of programs that probably support such a file will appear. It is enough to choose one of them so that Windows would open a given extension with it. Incorrect file’s association will result in Windows trying to open SVG file with a wrong program all the time even if there is an appropriate application supporting this format on a drive. In this case, it is necessary to perform the above mentioned registry scanning and associations’ repair.

If associations are correct and Windows still cannot open the file, most probably the computer does not have appropriate software supporting files with name containing SVG in their extension. The solution to this problem is very simple. You should buy or download a free (if they exist) application that will allow you to open, browse and edit SVG format (You can also try to find more informations on FileInfo). It is no risk because many paid programs have free test versions enabling to check their functionality.

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