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Svidget.js (SVG + widget) is a robust and powerful framework for building complex data visualization widgets in SVG.

Svidget is not another data visualization library like D3 or SnapSVG. Rather, it is a framework for componentizing your data visualizations as SVG files, and exposing them as widgets to use in any HTML5 page. As a matter of fact, you can combine Svidget.js with D3 or any popular visualization or SVG helper library, provided it can be embedded directly into an SVG file (see Compatibility below). Best of all, it is endorsed by Chuck Norris!*

* Just kidding

Visit the Svidget.js Website for some really cool demos, the developer guide, and the API documentation.

Use Cases

  • HMI - SVG components in a web-based HMI application.
  • Specialized Charts - Highly specialized charts you cannot easily create with off the shelf charting libraries like Chartist.js.
  • Reusable D3 Components - Package your complex D3 visualizations as easily reusable components.



Download the latest stable builds from the dist folder. The current stable version is 0.3.5.



bower install svidget


npm install svidget


To get started, consider this simple star SVG file.


And here's its SVG:

<svg xmlns="" xmlns:xlink="" width="200" height="200">
		<linearGradient id="backgroundGradient" y1="0" y2="100%" x1="0" x2="0">
			<stop offset="0%" stop-color="#fff" stop-opacity="0.5" />
			<stop offset="100%" stop-color="#fff" stop-opacity="0.0" />
	<g transform="translate(0 8)">
		<path id="starback" fill="cornflowerblue" stroke="white" stroke-width="6" stroke-linejoin="round" d="M 100 4 L 128.214 61.1672 L 191.301 70.3344 L 145.651 114.833 L 156.427 177.666 L 100 148 L 43.5726 177.666 L 54.3493 114.833 L 8.69857 70.3344 L 71.7863 61.1672 Z" />
		<path id="starfront" fill="url(#backgroundGradient)" stroke="midnightblue" stroke-width="6" stroke-linejoin="round" d="M 100 4 L 128.214 61.1672 L 191.301 70.3344 L 145.651 114.833 L 156.427 177.666 L 100 148 L 43.5726 177.666 L 54.3493 114.833 L 8.69857 70.3344 L 71.7863 61.1672 Z" />

Ok, thats great. But what if I want to add interactivity to this SVG document. Maybe I want to change its colors. And, I want to provide a way for a user to spin it. Oh, and I want to be notified when it's done spinning.

The brute force approach would be to embed the SVG directly into the HTML, and write my script to manage user interaction and notifications. In the process, I would have intermingled SVG with HTML and JavaScript, and that gets messy in a hurry.

With Svidget, you componentize your UI and its logic as a widget in a SVG file.

<svg xmlns="" xmlns:xlink="" 
width="200" height="200">

	<svidget:param name="borderColor" shortname="bd" type="string" subtype="color" binding="#starfront@stroke" />
	<svidget:param name="borderWidth" shortname="bw" type="number" binding="#starfront@stroke-width,#starback@stroke-width" />
	<svidget:param name="backgroundColor" shortname="bg" type="string" subtype="color" binding="#starback@fill" />

	<svidget:action name="spin" external="true" binding="spin" description="Spins the star.">
		<svidget:actionparam name="power" type="number" default="5" description="The amount of power to exert on the star to begin its rotation."  />

	<svidget:event name="spinComplete" description="Triggered for a mouse over or touch hover on the shape." />

<script type="application/javascript" xlink:href="../scripts/svidget.js"></script>

<!-- rest of SVG widget -->

As you can see Svidget allows you to use a simple declarative syntax with the SVG document itself.

There are 3 main objects in a widget: params, actions, and events.

Params - these are the data endpoints. They can be read from and set at any point during the widget's lifecycle.

Actions - these are your action endpoints (aka methods). They are abstractions to underlying functionality in the widget.

Events - these represent notifications from the widget.

In addition to these, params and actions also have events that you can subscribe to when they are set or invoked. See the API for more information.

Ok so now that we have an SVG widget, let's use it on a page:

<object id="star" role="svidget" data="widgets/star.svg" type="image/svg+xml" width="200" height="200">
	<param name="borderColor" value="darkgreen" />
	<param name="backgroundColor" value="green" />
	<param name="borderWidth" value="10" />

The usage of <param> elements in an <object> tag to pass data to the SVG document is loosely based on the W3 SVG Parameters spec, and will work whether the browser supports it or not. For more information, click here.

That's it! In addition to this declarative syntax, you can also programatically add a widget to the page at any time:

svidget.load("#widgetContainer", "widgets/star.svg", { 
	borderColor: "orange", 
	backgroundColor: "green",
	borderWidth: 10 

For more information, see the Svidget website.


These frameworks have been tested and shown to play nice with Svidget within an SVG file.

  • jQuery 2.x and above
  • D3.js
  • svg.js
  • snap.svg

Basically any JavaScript framework that can be embedded in an SVG file will work. A general rule is if the framework only supports IE9 and above it will work. Frameworks that try to support non-HTML5 browsers like IE6 probably won't.

Falling Back

In non-HTML5 browsers, Svidget will attempt to fall back to fallback content specified in the tag.


The latest builds are in the releases folder. Get started today!

When reporting issues, please be as descriptive as possible, including steps to reproduce.

If you want to build it yourself, clone the project then follow these steps:

Install the Grunt CLI:

npm install -g grunt-cli

Run this grunt command to build:

grunt build

Run this grunt command to run unit tests:

grunt test

Run this grunt command to build and run unit tests:

grunt all

The unit tests use the Mocha framework and Unit.js assertion library,

Release Notes

See ReleaseNotes.txt.


If you find Svidget fascinating and want to contribute, that's great! Please follow these guidelines:

  • Please respect the coding conventions in place. Please put a comment as to what you changed.
  • Please do some basic testing of your code, like testing against the spinning star demo widget.
  • Run the unit tests. Add some unit tests of your own if necessary.

Also check out the list of planned features.


Licensed under MIT.

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