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SVGcode: A PWA to Convert Raster Images to SVG Vector Graphics

SVGcode is a Progressive Web App that lets you convert raster images like JPG, PNG, GIF, WebP, AVIF, etc. to vector graphics in SVG format. It uses the File System Access API, the Async Clipboard API, the File Handling API, and Window Controls Overlay customization. The app is available at SVGco.de. See what I did there? For more background, read the accompanying article or watch the video.

SVGcode application screenshot

Access from the Web or install from a store

Apart from using the Web app at svgco.de, you can also install SVGcode from the Play Store on Android (or ChromeOS) and the Microsoft Store on Windows.

Developing and/or contributing

  1. Fork this repository.
  2. Clone from your fork: git clone git@github.com:<your-github-account>/SVGcode.git
  3. Navigate into the application's directory: cd SVGcode
  4. Install the dependencies: npm i
  5. Start the application: npm start
  6. Open the application in your browser: http://localhost:3000
  7. Check out the available Issues or create a new Issue describing your plans.
  8. Start hacking. Vite automatically reloads the app upon changes.
  9. Lint your modifications: npm run lint
  10. Make sure your changes respect the code style: npm run fix
  11. Open a Pull Request that fixes the Issue (see 7. above).
  12. Have fun, and thanks for your interest in SVGcode!

Contributing translations

If SVGcode is not available in your language, consider contributing a translation. Therefore, make a copy of one of the files in src/i18n/ (most users will probably be most familiar with en-US.js) and translate the strings. Name the new file according to Tags for Identifying Languages ($language-$REGION like en-US). Then add the language code to the SUPPORTED_LANGUAGES array in src/js/i18n.js and the locale to SUPPORTED_LOCALES array in the same file. Danke!

Acknowledgements

With SVGcode, I just stand on the shoulders of a command line tool called Potrace by Peter Selinger that I have converted to Web Assembly, so it can be used in a Web app. The converted SVGs are automatically optimized via the amazing svgo library.

Bragging zone

SVGcode - A PWA to convert raster images to SVG vector graphics | Product Hunt

License

GNU General Public License v2.0

(This is due to Potrace choosing GNU General Public License v2.0.)