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SVG Extension Plugin

The SVG Extension Plugin is an extension for Grav CMS. It provides a way to inline SVG files in your Twig templates so you can style them with CSS.

Remember Minifying: To keep the amount of markup low, consider an automated workflow (involving gulp/grunt and svgo for example) to minimize the filesize of the SVG files by optimizing them. Here we are assume that you have an assets/svg folder with the source files and dist/svg with the optimized copies. Only the latter will be transfered to the production enviroment in this scenario.


You can access your SVG files in two ways.

Access by filename

First you can set a base path in the plugin config and access them by filename:

{{ svg( 'search' )|raw }}

This will lookup search.svg in the icons folder. The default icon folder is theme://dist/icons/ and can be set in the configuration.

Access with absolute path

The second way is to use a somehow absolute path:

{{ svg('theme://optimized/icons/search.svg', 'icon')|raw }}


First parameter is the path or filname (as mentioned above). The second is the place for CSS classes. The third is an object/associative array. This array accepts up to three items at the moment:

  • An id as the id attribute for the svg element embedded in the markup.
  • A title for better accessability
  • preserveAspectRatio for orientation, defaults to xMinYMin
{{ svg('logo', 'icon logo__img', { 'id': 'logo-icon', 'title': 'Brand name' })|raw }}

About Accessability: Without a title, the SVG will be placed as pesentational image. Take a look in the expamples tfor more details.

There is a configuration option to set the default CSS classes, so you can use a very short call for simple, presentational icons:

{{ svg('info')|raw }}


.icon {
    fill: currentColor;
    height: 1em;
    width: 1em;
    overflow: hidden;
    vertical-align: -.125em;
.meta__item .icon {
    color: rebeccapurple;
<ul class="meta">
    <li class="meta__item">
        {{ svg('thumbtack')|raw }}
    <li class="meta__item">
        {{ svg('clock', 'icon icon--mod', { 'title': 'Cooking Time' })|raw }}
        10 Minutes

Will render to this:

<ul class="meta">
    <li class="meta__item">
        <svg xmlns="" viewBox="0 0 384 512" class="icon" role="img" aria-hidden="true" preserveAspectRatio="xMinYMin">
            <path d="M306.5 186.6l-5.7-42.6H328c13.2 0 24-10.8 24-24V24c0-13.2-10.8-24-24-24H56C42.8 0 32 10.8 32 24v96c0 13.2 10.8 24 24 24h27.2l-5.7 42.6C29.6 219.4 0 270.7 0 328c0 13.2 10.8 24 24 24h144v104c0 .9.1 1.7.4 2.5l16 48c2.4 7.3 12.8 7.3 15.2 0l16-48c.3-.8.4-1.7.4-2.5V352h144c13.2 0 24-10.8 24-24 0-57.3-29.6-108.6-77.5-141.4zM50.5 304c8.3-38.5 35.6-70 71.5-87.8L138 96H80V48h224v48h-58l16 120.2c35.8 17.8 63.2 49.4 71.5 87.8z"></path>
    <li class="meta__item">
        <svg xmlns="" viewBox="0 0 512 512" class="icon icon--mod" role="img" aria-labelledby="icon__title--5e6b577f45c8b" preserveAspectRatio="xMinYMin">
            <path fill="currentColor" d="M256 8C119 8 8 119 8 256s111 248 248 248 248-111 248-248S393 8 256 8zm0 448c-110.5 0-200-89.5-200-200S145.5 56 256 56s200 89.5 200 200-89.5 200-200 200zm61.8-104.4l-84.9-61.7c-3.1-2.3-4.9-5.9-4.9-9.7V116c0-6.6 5.4-12 12-12h32c6.6 0 12 5.4 12 12v141.7l66.8 48.6c5.4 3.9 6.5 11.4 2.6 16.8L334.6 349c-3.9 5.3-11.4 6.5-16.8 2.6z"></path>
            <title id="icon__title--5e6b577f45c8b">Cooking Time</title>
        10 Minutes

Rendered Preview


Installing the SVG Extension plugin can be done in one of three ways: The GPM (Grav Package Manager) installation method lets you quickly install the plugin with a simple terminal command, the manual method lets you do so via a zip file, and the admin method lets you do so via the Admin Plugin.

GPM Installation (Preferred)

To install the plugin via the GPM, through your system's terminal (also called the command line), navigate to the root of your Grav-installation, and enter:

bin/gpm install svg-extension

This will install the SVG Extension plugin into your /user/plugins-directory within Grav. Its files can be found under /your/site/grav/user/plugins/svg-extension.

Manual Installation

To install the plugin manually, download the zip-version of this repository and unzip it under /your/site/grav/user/plugins. Then rename the folder to svg-extension. You can find these files on GitHub or via

You should now have all the plugin files under


Admin Plugin

If you use the Admin Plugin, you can install the plugin directly by browsing the Plugins-menu and clicking on the Add button.


Before configuring this plugin, you should copy the user/plugins/svg-extension/svg-extension.yaml to user/config/plugins/svg-extension.yaml and only edit that copy.

Here is the default configuration and an explanation of available options:

enabled: true
path: 'theme://dist/icons/'   # Where are your SVG files stored?
defaultClass: 'icon'          # What's the default CSS classes?

Note that if you use the Admin Plugin, a file with your configuration named svg-extension.yaml will be saved in the user/config/plugins/-folder once the configuration is saved in the Admin.