What is dvisvgm?

The command-line utility dvisvgm is a tool for TeX/LaTeX users. It converts DVI and EPS files to the XML-based scalable vector graphics format SVG. In contrast to bitmap graphics, vector graphics are arbitrarily scalable without loss of quality.
All modern web browsers support a large amount of the current SVG standard 1.1. Furthermore, SVG files can also be displayed with the Java-based Squiggle SVG browser which is part of the Apache Batik project, and the free vector graphics editor Inkscape.

The image on the right shows a screen shot of Inkscape with a couple of SVG files opened that have previously been converted by dvisvgm. To get a better impression of the actual conversion results, have a look at the collection of SVG examples shown on a separate page.


  • Supports classic DVI files (format 2), pTeX DVI files in vertical mode (format 3), and XDV files as generated by XeTeX (format 5 and 6).
  • Option --eps allows to convert EPS files to SVG.
  • Complete font support including virtual fonts, evaluation of font encodings, CMap files, sub-font definitions and font maps.
  • Glyph outlines of all required fonts are embedded into the generated SVG files.
  • Glyph outlines of fonts that are not available in a vector format are generated on-the-fly by vectorizing METAFONT’s bitmap output.
  • dvisvgm allows to replace font elements by paths so that applications without SVG font support are enabled to render dvisvgm’s output properly.
  • Computes tight bounding boxes for the generated graphics, but supports common paper formats and arbitrary user-defined sizes as well.
  • Intersections of clipping paths can be computed directly in order to increase the compatibility of the generated SVG files.
  • Approximates PostScript color gradient fills not directly supported by SVG 1.1.
  • Optionally creates compressed SVGZ files.
  • Provides options for applying page transformations, like translation, rotation, scaling, and skewing.
  • Evaluates color, emTeX, tpic, hyperref/HyperTeX, PDF mapfile, and PostScript specials.
  • The converter was successfully tested on various Linux (TeX Live) and Windows (MiKTeX, W32TeX) systems.
  • dvisvgm has been added to TeX Live, W32TeX, and MiKTeX. Therefore, it is available for a wide range of platforms and operating systems.
  • See the manual page for a complete list of command-line options.


dvisvgm is developed by Martin Gieseking and published under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 3 (or later).