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Fetches, parses, and introduces SVG bungles through React Context.

Table of Contents


npm install --save asset-provider

If you use this module on React-Native, make sure you also install the react-native-svg dependency.


This library exposes the Provider, Asset components which are used for displaying SVG assets. The Provider component downloads the specified SVG bundle, parses it and then allows the Asset component to reference the various of bundled SVG assets inside of it.

import Provider, { Asset } from 'asset-provider';

export default function example() {
  return (
    <Provider uri=''>
        <Asset name='example' width={ 100 } height={ 100 } title='Example image' />

        <Asset name='another' width={ 300 } height={ 100 } title='Another image'>
          <Spinner />

The <Provider /> component can also be nested within another <Provider /> this allows the <Asset /> components within to request assets from both instances. If the first parent does not export the asset, it will proxy the request to it's own parent. To illustrate this, in the following example we will be loading 2 different bundles. foobar.svgs contains the svg asset with the names foo and bar, and the another.svgs contains an asset with the name another.

<Provider uri=''>
  <Asset name='foo' width={ 120 } height={ 40 } />

  <Provider uri=''>
    <Asset name='foo' width={ 120 } height={ 40 } />
    <Asset name='another' width={ 120 } height={ 40 } />

As you can see in the example above, while <Asset name='foo' /> does not exist in the another.svgs bundle, it will still render as it's request is proxied to the other <Provider /> instance.


The provider library accepts the following properties:



The location of the SVG bundle/asset that needs to be loaded. This asset is downloaded once a <Asset /> component references it.

<Provider uri=''>
  // ...

For the best cross platform compatibility it recommended that the asset bundle is served over HTTPS so you do not need to configure App Transport Security (ATS) on React-Native for iOS.

In addition to that it's recommended that this file is served with text/plain as Content-Type. This prevents a CORS preflight request from being made and therefor drastically improving performance.

The uri property can either be a string or a function. In case of a function it will be called with a completion function incase you need to asynchronously resolve the URL.

function resolve(next) {
  asynctask(function (err, data) {
    if (err) return next(err);

    next(null, data.url);

<Provider uri={ resolve }>
  // ...


Force the provider to automatically start downloading the bundle once the component has been initiated instead of waiting for an <Asset /> to reference it.

<Provider uri='' preload={ true }>


How long we should wait until an asset is downloaded before giving up and start displaying our fallback/failure asset. Please note that this option is configured to a sane value (10 sec) by default so only touch this if you know what you're doing.

<Provider uri='' timeout={ 5000 }>


The format of the specified URI, can either be single or bundle. Defaults to bundle.

<Provider uri='' format='bundle'>


An optional component that should be rendered if there was an error downloading assets or the given asset wasn't in the asset bundle.

import { Rect } from 'svgs';

function myFallbackAsset() {
  return (<Rect x="0" y="0" width="100" height="100" fill="black" />);

<Provider uri='' fallback={ myFallbackAsset }>


The Asset component is a consumer of the Provider's React Context, which are fancy words for child component of Provider. The <Asset /> component renders the actual SVG content that the Provider component is fetching.

The Asset component can be imported from the asset-provider package:

import { Asset } from 'asset-provider';
<Asset name='leader' width={ 100 } height={ 200 } />
<Asset name='another' width={ 20 } height={ 20 }>
  <Spinner size='xs' />

As seen from the example above, the <Asset /> component can be rendered with or without a child component. Both versions trigger different types of behavior.

If you supply the <Asset /> with a child component, this child component will (only) be visible while we are LOADING the asset. This allows you to control the UX / placeholder of the asset during the loading phase. Once the asset is loaded, we will display the SVG instead of the child components.

When no child component is provided we will render a transparent SVG in exactly the same size as provided. The reasoning behind this is that it will allow us to prevent the unwanted layout jumps also known as relayout which provides a really bad user experience. This is also the reason why height and width are required properties on the <Asset />.

All unknown properties that are added to the <Asset /> component are passed down to the resulting <Svg> component. So you can use attributes such as style to add additional styling to the assets:

<Asset name='icons/foo' width={ 10 } height={ 20 } style={{ backgroundColor: 'red' }} />

The properties that do not get transferred are:

  • All the properties that the <Asset /> component accepts (see list below).
  • All properties that trigger the parser's modify methods.

The <Asset> component accepts the following properties:


Name of the asset that should be rendered. This name should be present in the SVG bundle that the provider is downloading. In case of an unknown name is given (and not available through another parent ), we will return a fallback SVG.

<Asset name='xmas-tree' width={ 100 } height={ 100 } />


Instead of pulling asset out of the provider's React Context, use the supplied data.

<Asset data={ .. } width={ 10 } height={ 10} />



Sets the height of the asset, should be a numeric value.

<Asset height={ 100 } width={ 400 } />



Sets the width of the asset, should be a numeric value.

<Asset height={ 100 } width={ 400 } />


Improve the accessibility of your assets by adding a title. This will be used as the SVG <title></title> attribute on the web and as accessibility label on React-Native.

<Asset title='Shopping cart' name='cart' />

This is done automatically through the SVGS library that we use.


Invoked when load completes successfully without any errors. Should be a function.

<Asset onLoad={ () => { console.log('loaded without errors')} } name='foo' width={10} height={10} />


Invoked on load error, receives the error as argument. Should be a function.

<Asset onError={ () => { console.log('loaded with errors')} } name='foo' width={10} height={10} />


Invoked on load start. Should be a function.

<Asset onLoadStart={ () => { this.setState({ loading: true }); } } name='foo' width={10} height={10} />


Invoked when load either succeeds or fails. It will receive an optional error argument if it loaded with an error. Should be a function.

<Asset onLoadEnd={ () => { console.log('started loading')} } name='foo' width={10} height={10} />


This is the asset-parser instance that the provider is using to transform the requested payloads in to actual SVG elements.

import { parser } from 'asset-provider';

It allows you to hook in to the modify system of the parser and change the SVG assets on the fly using the parsers modify method.

parser.modify('color', function reseller(attr, props, child) {
  if (attr.fill) attr.fill = props.color;
  if (attr.stroke) attr.stroke = props.color;

In the example above we've created a small modifier that will re-color the fill and stroke attributes of any <Asset /> when a color prop is added. The function modify receives the following arguments:

  • attr These are the attributes that are on the SVG tag.
  • props All properties that are provided to the <Asset />.
  • child React Element of the tag. This can be any tag of the svg, Path, Text, Rect etc.
<Asset name='foo' width={ 100 } height={ 100 } color='red' />

This would then recolor the stroke and fill of the foo asset red. If instead we wanted to just recolor the fill then we would just set attr.fill in our call to parser.modify:

parser.modify('color', function reseller(attr, props, child) {
  if (attr.fill) attr.fill = props.color;

The underlying semantics of how props defined on <Asset /> instances is up to the consumer (i.e. you) to define. For more detailed information see the asset-parser project.