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    SVGO is a Nodejs-based tool for optimizing SVG vector graphics files.
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    SVG Optimizer is a Node.js-based tool for optimizing SVG vector graphics files.


    SVG files, especially those exported from various editors, usually contain a lot of redundant and useless information. This can include editor metadata, comments, hidden elements, default or non-optimal values and other stuff that can be safely removed or converted without affecting the SVG rendering result.


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

    CLI usage

    # Processing single files:
    svgo one.svg two.svg -o one.min.svg two.min.svg
    # Processing directory of svg files, recursively using `-f`, `--folder` :
    svgo -f ./path/to/folder/with/svg/files -o ./path/to/folder/with/svg/output
    # Help for advanced usage
    svgo --help


    SVGO has a plugin-based architecture, separate plugins allows various xml svg optimizations. See built-in plugins. SVGO automatically loads configuration from svgo.config.js or from --config ./path/myconfig.js. Some general options can be configured via CLI.

    // svgo.config.js
    module.exports = {
      multipass: true, // boolean. false by default
      datauri: 'enc', // 'base64' (default), 'enc' or 'unenc'.
      js2svg: {
        indent: 2, // string with spaces or number of spaces. 4 by default
        pretty: true, // boolean, false by default
      plugins: [
        // set of built-in plugins enabled by default
        // enable built-in plugins by name
        // or by expanded notation which allows to configure plugin
          name: 'sortAttrs',
          params: {
            xmlnsOrder: 'alphabetical',

    Default preset

    When extending default configuration specify preset-default plugin to enable optimisations. Each plugin of default preset can be disabled or configured with "overrides" param.

    module.exports = {
      plugins: [
          name: 'preset-default',
          params: {
            overrides: {
              // customize default plugin options
              inlineStyles: {
                onlyMatchedOnce: false,
              // or disable plugins
              removeDoctype: false,

    Default preset includes the following list of plugins:

    • removeDoctype
    • removeXMLProcInst
    • removeComments
    • removeMetadata
    • removeEditorsNSData
    • cleanupAttrs
    • mergeStyles
    • inlineStyles
    • minifyStyles
    • cleanupIds
    • removeUselessDefs
    • cleanupNumericValues
    • convertColors
    • removeUnknownsAndDefaults
    • removeNonInheritableGroupAttrs
    • removeUselessStrokeAndFill
    • removeViewBox
    • cleanupEnableBackground
    • removeHiddenElems
    • removeEmptyText
    • convertShapeToPath
    • convertEllipseToCircle
    • moveElemsAttrsToGroup
    • moveGroupAttrsToElems
    • collapseGroups
    • convertPathData
    • convertTransform
    • removeEmptyAttrs
    • removeEmptyContainers
    • mergePaths
    • removeUnusedNS
    • sortDefsChildren
    • removeTitle
    • removeDesc

    Custom plugin

    It's also possible to specify a custom plugin:

    const anotherCustomPlugin = require('./another-custom-plugin.js');
    module.exports = {
      plugins: [
          name: 'customPluginName',
          params: {
            optionName: 'optionValue',
          fn: (ast, params, info) => {},

    API usage

    SVGO provides a few low level utilities.


    The core of SVGO is optimize function.

    const { optimize } = require('svgo');
    const result = optimize(svgString, {
      // optional but recommended field
      path: 'path-to.svg',
      // all config fields are also available here
      multipass: true,
    const optimizedSvgString =;


    If you write a tool on top of SVGO you might need a way to load SVGO config.

    const { loadConfig } = require('svgo');
    const config = await loadConfig();
    // you can also specify a relative or absolute path and customize the current working directory
    const config = await loadConfig(configFile, cwd);

    Built-in plugins

    Plugin Description Default
    cleanupAttrs cleanup attributes from newlines, trailing, and repeating spaces enabled
    mergeStyles merge multiple style elements into one enabled
    inlineStyles move and merge styles from <style> elements to element style attributes enabled
    removeDoctype remove doctype declaration enabled
    removeXMLProcInst remove XML processing instructions enabled
    removeComments remove comments enabled
    removeMetadata remove <metadata> enabled
    removeTitle remove <title> enabled
    removeDesc remove <desc> enabled
    removeUselessDefs remove elements of <defs> without id enabled
    removeXMLNS removes the xmlns attribute (for inline SVG) disabled
    removeEditorsNSData remove editors namespaces, elements, and attributes enabled
    removeEmptyAttrs remove empty attributes enabled
    removeHiddenElems remove hidden elements enabled
    removeEmptyText remove empty Text elements enabled
    removeEmptyContainers remove empty Container elements enabled
    removeViewBox remove viewBox attribute when possible enabled
    cleanupEnableBackground remove or cleanup enable-background attribute when possible enabled
    minifyStyles minify <style> elements content with CSSO enabled
    convertStyleToAttrs convert styles into attributes disabled
    convertColors convert colors (from rgb() to #rrggbb, from #rrggbb to #rgb) enabled
    convertPathData convert Path data to relative or absolute (whichever is shorter), convert one segment to another, trim useless delimiters, smart rounding, and much more enabled
    convertTransform collapse multiple transforms into one, convert matrices to the short aliases, and much more enabled
    removeUnknownsAndDefaults remove unknown elements content and attributes, remove attributes with default values enabled
    removeNonInheritableGroupAttrs remove non-inheritable group's "presentation" attributes enabled
    removeUselessStrokeAndFill remove useless stroke and fill attributes enabled
    removeUnusedNS remove unused namespaces declaration enabled
    prefixIds prefix IDs and classes with the SVG filename or an arbitrary string disabled
    cleanupIds remove unused and minify used IDs enabled
    cleanupNumericValues round numeric values to the fixed precision, remove default px units enabled
    cleanupListOfValues round numeric values in attributes that take a list of numbers (like viewBox or enable-background) disabled
    moveElemsAttrsToGroup move elements' attributes to their enclosing group enabled
    moveGroupAttrsToElems move some group attributes to the contained elements enabled
    collapseGroups collapse useless groups enabled
    removeRasterImages remove raster images disabled
    mergePaths merge multiple Paths into one enabled
    convertShapeToPath convert some basic shapes to <path> enabled
    convertEllipseToCircle convert non-eccentric <ellipse> to <circle> enabled
    sortAttrs sort element attributes for epic readability enabled
    sortDefsChildren sort children of <defs> in order to improve compression enabled
    removeDimensions remove width/height and add viewBox if it's missing (opposite to removeViewBox, disable it first) disabled
    removeAttrs remove attributes by pattern disabled
    removeAttributesBySelector removes attributes of elements that match a CSS selector disabled
    removeElementsByAttr remove arbitrary elements by ID or className disabled
    addClassesToSVGElement add classnames to an outer <svg> element disabled
    addAttributesToSVGElement adds attributes to an outer <svg> element disabled
    removeOffCanvasPaths removes elements that are drawn outside of the viewbox disabled
    removeStyleElement remove <style> elements disabled
    removeScriptElement remove <script> elements disabled
    reusePaths Find duplicated elements and replace them with links disabled

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