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<div class="document" id="svglib">
<h1 class="title">Svglib</h1>
<h2 class="subtitle" id="an-experimental-library-for-reading-and-converting-svg">An experimental library for reading and converting SVG</h2>
<table class="docinfo" frame="void" rules="none">
<col class="docinfo-name" />
<col class="docinfo-content" />
<tbody valign="top">
<tr><th class="docinfo-name">Author:</th>
<td>Dinu Gherman &lt;<a class="reference external" href="mailto:gherman&#64;">gherman&#64;</a>&gt;</td></tr>
<tr class="field"><th class="docinfo-name">Homepage:</th><td class="field-body"><a class="reference external" href=""></a></td>
<tr><th class="docinfo-name">Version:</th>
<td>Version 0.6.3</td></tr>
<tr><th class="docinfo-name">Date:</th>
<tr><th class="docinfo-name">Copyright:</th>
<td>GNU Lesser General Public Licence v3 (LGPLv3)</td></tr>
<!-- -*- mode: rst -*- -->
<div class="section" id="about">
<p><cite>Svglib</cite> is an experimental library for reading <a class="reference external" href="">SVG</a> files and converting them (to a
reasonable degree) to other formats using the Open Source <a class="reference external" href="">ReportLab
Toolkit</a>. As a package it reads existing
SVG files and returns them converted to ReportLab Drawing objects that
can be used in a variety of ReportLab-related contexts, e.g. as Platypus
Flowable objects or in RML2PDF. As a command-line tool it converts SVG
files into PDF ones.</p>
<p>Tests include a vast amount of tests from the <a class="reference external" href="">W3C SVG test suite</a>.
It also accesses around <a class="reference external" href="">200 flags from</a>
for test purposes (some of them hinting at more work to be done).</p>
<p>This release changes the license from GPL 3 to LGPL 3, introduces
tiny bug fix reported by Harald Armin Massa and adapts to changed
URLs for Wikipedia SVG flags used for test purposes.</p>
<div class="section" id="features">
<ul class="simple">
<li>convert SVG files into ReportLab Graphics Drawing objects</li>
<li>handle plain or compressed SVG files (.svg and .svgz)</li>
<li>allow patterns for output files on command-line</li>
<li>install a Python package named <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">svglib</span></tt></li>
<li>install a Python command-line script named <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">svg2pdf</span></tt></li>
<li>provide a Unittest test suite</li>
<li>test on some standard W3C SVG tests available online</li>
<li>test on some Wikipedia sample SVG symbols available online</li>
<li>test on some Wikipedia sample SVG flags available online</li>
<div class="section" id="examples">
<p>You can use <cite>svglib</cite> as a Python package e.g. like in the following
interactive Python session:</p>
<pre class="literal-block">
&gt;&gt;&gt; from svglib.svglib import svg2rlg
&gt;&gt;&gt; from import renderPDF
&gt;&gt;&gt; drawing = svg2rlg(&quot;file.svg&quot;)
&gt;&gt;&gt; renderPDF.drawToFile(drawing, &quot;file.pdf&quot;)
<p>In addition a script named <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">svg2pdf</span></tt> can be used more easily from
the system command-line like this (you can see more examples when
typing <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">svg2pdf</span> <span class="pre">-h</span></tt>):</p>
<pre class="literal-block">
$ svg2pdf file1.svg file2.svgz
$ svg2pdf -o &quot;%(basename)s.pdf&quot; /path/file[12].svgz?
<div class="section" id="installation">
<p>There are two ways to install <cite>svglib</cite>, depending on whether you have
the <cite>easy_install</cite> command available on your system or not.</p>
<div class="section" id="using-easy-install">
<h2>1. Using <cite>easy_install</cite></h2>
<p>With the <cite>easy_install</cite> command on your system and a working internet
connection you can install <cite>svglib</cite> with only one command in a terminal:</p>
<pre class="literal-block">
$ easy_install svglib
<p>If the <cite>easy_install</cite> command is not available to you and you want to
install it before installing <cite>svglib</cite>, you might want to go to the
<a class="reference external" href="">Easy Install homepage</a>
and follow the <a class="reference external" href="">instructions there</a>.</p>
<div class="section" id="manual-installation">
<h2>2. Manual installation</h2>
<p>Alternatively, you can install the <cite>svglib</cite> tarball after downloading
the file <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">svglib-0.6.3.tar.gz</span></tt> and decompressing it with the following
<pre class="literal-block">
$ tar xfz svglib-0.6.3.tar.gz
<p>Then change into the newly created directory <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">svglib</span></tt> and install
<cite>svglib</cite> by running the following command:</p>
<pre class="literal-block">
$ python install
<p>This will install a Python module file named <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre"></span></tt> in the
<tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">site-packages</span></tt> subfolder of your Python interpreter and a script
tool named <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">svglib</span></tt> in your <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">bin</span></tt> directory, usually in
<tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">/usr/local/bin</span></tt>.</p>
<div class="section" id="dependencies">
<p><cite>Svglib</cite> depends on the <cite>reportlab</cite> package, which, as of now, you
have to install manually, before you can use <cite>svglib</cite>. Unfortunately,
up to its latest release, <cite>reportlab</cite> 2.2, this package cannot be
installed automatically using <cite>easy_install</cite>.</p>
<div class="section" id="testing">
<p>The <cite>svglib</cite> tarball distribution contains a Unittest test suite
in the file <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre"></span></tt> which can be run like shown in the
following lines on the system command-line:</p>
<pre class="literal-block">
$ tar xfz svglib-0.6.3.tar.gz
$ cd svglib/src/test
$ python
working on [0] wikipedia/Ankh.svg
working on [1] wikipedia/Biohazard.svg
working on [2] wikipedia/Dharma_wheel.svg
working on [3] wikipedia/Eye_of_Horus_bw.svg
Ran 12 tests in 87.536s

<div class="section" id="bug-reports">
<h1>Bug reports</h1>
<p>Please report bugs and patches to Dinu Gherman
&lt;<a class="reference external" href="mailto:gherman&#64;">gherman&#64;</a>&gt;. Don't forget to include information
about the operating system, ReportLab and Python versions being used.</p>