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    SVGO is a Nodejs-based tool for optimizing SVG vector graphics files.
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    SVGO, short for SVG Optimizer, is a Node.js library and command-line application for optimizing SVG files.


    SVG files, especially those exported from vector editors, usually contain a lot of redundant information. This includes editor metadata, comments, hidden elements, default or suboptimal values, and other stuff that can be safely removed or converted without impacting rendering.


    You can install SVGO globally through npm, yarn, or pnpm. Alternatively, drop the global flag (global/-g) to use it in your Node.js project.

    # npm
    npm install -g svgo
    # yarn
    yarn global add svgo
    # pnpm
    pnpm add -g svgo

    Command-line usage

    Process single files:

    svgo one.svg two.svg -o one.min.svg two.min.svg

    Process a directory of files recursively with -f/--folder:

    svgo -f path/to/directory_with_svgs -o path/to/output_directory

    Help for advanced usage:

    svgo --help


    SVGO has a plugin architecture. You can read more about all plugins in Plugins | SVGO Documentation, and the default plugins in Preset Default | SVGO Documentation.

    SVGO reads the configuration from svgo.config.mjs or the --config path/to/config.mjs command-line option. Some other parameters can be configured though command-line options too.


    export default {
      multipass: false, // boolean
      datauri: 'base64', // 'base64'|'enc'|'unenc'
      js2svg: {
        indent: 4, // number
        pretty: false, // boolean
      plugins: [
        'preset-default', // built-in plugins enabled by default
        'prefixIds', // enable built-in plugins by name
        // enable built-in plugins with an object to configure plugins
          name: 'prefixIds',
          params: {
            prefix: 'uwu',

    Default preset

    Instead of configuring SVGO from scratch, you can tweak the default preset to suit your needs by configuring or disabling the respective plugin.


    export default {
      plugins: [
          name: 'preset-default',
          params: {
            overrides: {
              // disable a default plugin
              removeViewBox: false,
              // customize the params of a default plugin
              inlineStyles: {
                onlyMatchedOnce: false,

    You can find a list of the default plugins in the order they run in Preset Default | SVGO Documentation.

    Custom plugins

    You can also specify custom plugins:


    import importedPlugin from './imported-plugin';
    export default {
      plugins: [
        // plugin imported from another JavaScript file
        // plugin defined inline
          name: 'customPlugin',
          params: {
            paramName: 'paramValue',
          fn: (ast, params, info) => {},

    API usage

    SVGO provides a few low level utilities.


    The core of SVGO is optimize function.

    import { optimize } from 'svgo';
    const result = optimize(svgString, {
      path: 'path-to.svg', // recommended
      multipass: true, // all other config fields are available here
    const optimizedSvgString =;


    If you write a tool on top of SVGO you may want to resolve the svgo.config.mjs file.

    import { loadConfig } from 'svgo';
    const config = await loadConfig();

    You can also specify a path and customize the current working directory.

    const config = await loadConfig(configFile, cwd);

    Other ways to use SVGO

    Method Reference
    Web app SVGOMG
    Grunt task grunt-svgmin
    Gulp task gulp-svgmin
    Webpack loader image-minimizer-webpack-plugin
    PostCSS plugin postcss-svgo
    Inkscape plugin inkscape-svgo
    Sketch plugin svgo-compressor
    Rollup plugin rollup-plugin-svgo
    Visual Studio Code plugin vscode-svgo
    Atom plugin atom-svgo
    Sublime plugin Sublime-svgo
    Figma plugin Advanced SVG Export
    Linux app Oh My SVG
    Browser extension SVG Gobbler
    API Vector Express


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