Skip to content
Switch branches/tags


Failed to load latest commit information.
Latest commit message
Commit time
Jul 25, 2021
Jul 25, 2021
Jun 27, 2020
Jul 25, 2021

👋 SVG Gobbler

Download this extension on the Chrome Web store or in the Add-On Marketplace for Firefox.

SVG Gobbler is a simple browser extension that finds SVG content in your current window and lets you download, copy to clipboard, or export as a PNG.

Build locally

Currently, if you would like to modify this extension you will need to install it manually. Before making edits you will need to build it locally and side load SVG Gobbler as a developer extension to test any changes.


1. Clone the repo

Clone the repo to your local machine and navigate into the root directory.

cd svg-gobbler

2. Install dependencies

SVG Gobbler uses yarn to build the necessary dependencies.


3. Bundle the extension

Run yarn start to tell Webpack to build files into the extension/dist folder. This also tells webpack to watch for edits.

yarn start

4. Side load extension


  1. In the address bar, navigate to chrome://extensions
  2. In the top right of the screen, flip the toggle to enable Developer Mode
  3. Click the button to Load unpacked and select the extension folder inside the SVG Gobbler repo

Once this is complete you can start hacking. Editing content in the src directory will automatically build and update the extension folder which will feed the extension in the browser the latest code.


  1. After running the yarn start command to build and watch changes...
  2. Run yarn firefox:run to build the extension in a Firefox testing environment

Development notes

In Chrome or Brave if you are editing anything within the src/find directory you will need to manually press the Update button in the extensions page to refresh your latest code changes.

Code changed within the src/build directory will automatically update on page refresh but code that is injected into the client's tab (code within src/find) needs manually refreshed from within the extensions page.

In Firefox everything works and auto refreshes. It's super pleasant and I do all my extension testing in Firefox.

🎉 How to use the extension

Click the SVG Gobbler extension icon to search the current page for SVGs.

Unique attributes for each SVG element will be shown within the card. The attributes currently being shown are:

  1. If the SVG is placed as a:

    • background image
    • image source
    • inline svg
    • object data
    • sprite
    • symbol
  2. The size of the SVG in the DOM


Feel free to submit a pull request if you've made an improvement of some kind. This is an open source project and any help is very appreciated.


This project leverages code and value from some incredibly talented folks. Most notably and predominantly are:


This started as a pet project to improve the SVG Crowbar tool that is no longer being maintained by NY Times.

The codebase has been completely rewritten 4 times.