Convert SVG images easily to PDF and PNG using AWS Lambda
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Static rsvg-convert binary for AWS Lambda

This is a statically linked rsvg-convert binary utility from the librsvg Linux package, allowing you to render SVG images to PDF and PNG on AWS Lambda using Cairo, deployable as an AWS lambda layer. It can help you get started quickly with RSVG inside Lambda functions.


The standard AWS Lambda Linux VM comes with imagemagick, but compiled without SVG support. In order to process SVG images, you either need to add SVG support to ImageMagick or use a custom tool. RSVG+Cairo is the best back-end for SVG processing in imagemagick anyway, so this binary gives you direct access to that toolkit.

Use within Lambda

You can use a pre-deployed ARN: arn:aws:lambda:us-east-1:145266761615:layer:rsvg-convert:2 or deploy yourself -- edit Makefile to set your deployment bucket etc, then just run make deploy.

The binary will be in /opt/bin/rsvg-convert inside your Lambda container.

Download the binary

Grab the binary from the vendor directory

  rsvg-convert [OPTION…] [FILE...] - SVG Converter

Help Options:
  -?, --help                                                  Show help options

Application Options:
  -d, --dpi-x=<float>                                         pixels per inch [optional; defaults to 90dpi]
  -p, --dpi-y=<float>                                         pixels per inch [optional; defaults to 90dpi]
  -x, --x-zoom=<float>                                        x zoom factor [optional; defaults to 1.0]
  -y, --y-zoom=<float>                                        y zoom factor [optional; defaults to 1.0]
  -z, --zoom=<float>                                          zoom factor [optional; defaults to 1.0]
  -w, --width=<int>                                           width [optional; defaults to the SVG's width]
  -h, --height=<int>                                          height [optional; defaults to the SVG's height]
  -f, --format=[png, pdf, ps, svg]                            save format [optional; defaults to 'png']
  -o, --output                                                output filename [optional; defaults to stdout]
  -a, --keep-aspect-ratio                                     whether to preserve the aspect ratio [optional; defaults to FALSE]
  -b, --background-color=[black, white, #abccee, #aaa...]     set the background color [optional; defaults to None]
  -v, --version                                               show version information
  --base-uri                                                  base uri

Using custom fonts

RSVG uses Pango, and Pango uses Font-Config to load fonts. To use a custom set of fonts, you'll need to provide a trivial fonts.conf file somewhere and point to it using the FONTCONFIG_PATH environment variable. For example, put the fonts into the fonts subdirectory of your application, then add this file to your application root dir as fonts.conf:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">

Then run FONTCONFIG_PATH=<APP-ROOT> <RSVG_DIR>/rsvg-convert input.svg -o output.svg


Compiled with AMI ami-60b6c60a, 29 October 2016, with the following library versions:

  • cairo: 1.12.14
  • pango: 1.28.4
  • libcroco: 0.6.8
  • gdk-pixbuf: 2.28.2
  • librsvg: 2.26.3

These are all a bit old, but are compatible with the other libraries available through YUM for the Amazon Linux instance. To get a more recent version built, modify to include the appropriate versions of dependencies.

Creating a fresh compilation

  1. Create an AMI
  2. ssh to the AMI as ec2-user
  3. copy the files from the src directory to the VM.
  4. on the VM, run
  5. on the VM, run

Testing on a (non-Lambda) AWS Linux VM

The binary will work on a plain-vanilla AWS Linux VM, but needs some additional packages (these are already available on the VM used for Lambda functions).

sudo yum install cairo libtiff -y

Copyright and license

GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE. Copyright (C) 1989, 1991 Free Software Foundation, Inc. Original LibRSVG license.