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A class that converts Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) into:

  • CGPaths
  • CAShapeLayers
  • UIBezierCurves
  • NSBezierCurves.

This makes it easy to create vector-based paths and shapes in your iOS or OS X apps.

This a fork of an SVG to bezier path parser by Martin Haywood, with fixes by Pieter Omvlee and Dominic Mortlock.

Feedback, improvements, and pull requests are welcome.


  1. Make your drawing in a vector graphics editor such as Illustrator, Inkscape, Sketch, etc.
  2. Save as an SVG.
  3. Drag and drop it into your Xcode project.
  4. Follow these easy steps:
    //1: Create a PocketSVG object from your SVG file:
    PocketSVG *myVectorDrawing = [[PocketSVG alloc] initFromSVGFileNamed:@"BezierCurve3"];

    //2: Its bezier property is the corresponding UIBezierPath:
    UIBezierPath *myBezierPath = myVectorDrawing.bezier;

    //3: To display it on screen, create a CAShapeLayer and set 
    //the CGPath property of the above UIBezierPath as its 
    CAShapeLayer *myShapeLayer = [CAShapeLayer layer];
    myShapeLayer.path = myBezierPath.CGPath;

    //4: Fiddle with it using CAShapeLayer's properties:
    myShapeLayer.strokeColor = [[UIColor redColor] CGColor];
    myShapeLayer.lineWidth = 4;
    myShapeLayer.fillColor = [[UIColor clearColor] CGColor];

    //5: Display it!
    [self.view.layer addSublayer:myShapeLayer];

Don't forget to add the QuartzCore framework to your project (here's how) and import it:

#import <QuartzCore/QuartzCore.h>

Useful Documentation

Latest Fixes

  • Added support for NSBezierPaths (thanks to mcianni).
  • Fixed problem that causes SVGs to render with wrong frame dimensions.
  • Fixed problem that causes some SVGs to render incorrectly.
  • Fixed parse bug for SVGs with blank spaces in them (thanks to mindbrix).
  • Simplified PocketSVG's init method (thanks to johnnyknox).

To Do

  • Support for SVG's Basic Shapes.
  • Support for SVGs with more than one path (currently PocketSVG renders the last path).
  • Improve parser efficiency.
  • Make it a category on CAShapeLayer?


Please ask questions and report bugs on the project's Issues Page.


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