12 Best Free SVG Viewers and Editors


SVG or Scalable Vector Graphics are very popular among web designers these days. A couple of days ago, we learned what SVG is and how can we use it, but one thing that we didn’t cover completely back there was which software are best to viewing and editing SVG files.

Now let me make a big revelation before moving on. If you have the latest Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser installed, you can open SVG files right in them.

Even though web browsers can open SVG files, that doesn’t mean they are the most ideal way of viewing these files. Viewing SVG images in web browsers is just like drinking water in a plate… it works, but it’s not ideal.

So today we are sharing a list of the best SVG viewers and editors that will make SVG files, your slaves!

One more thing, if you have not studied our SVG guide and you are a web designer, please read it. It will really help you.

SVG Viewers and Editors

SVG Edit

This is my favorite from the list. This is a JavaScript based browser addon that allows you to view and edit SVG files. It is a completely professional tool that let’s you do anything with SVG files but it is free and incredibly fast.


Free SVG Editor

Free SVG Editor is a fairly simple software utility created to help you modify the contents of Scalable Vector Graphics files, also enabling you to output them to other formats, like JPG, WMP, BMP or PNG, with minimal effort entailed for you.

Free SVG Editor

Free SVG Viewer

Opening and viewing of SVG files has been made simpler with the Free SVG Viewer.

Free SVG Viewer

Adobe SVG Viewer

Even though Adobe has discontinued its production, all of its versions are freely available for download on Adobe’s own website.

Adobe SVG Viewer



Image Editors

The following are image editors, just like Photoshop but these can open SVG files (unlike Photoshop) and they are all free.


This is one of the most famous Photoshop alternatives on the planet. And you can use it as an SVG viewer.

Freeware Photo Editing Program


This is my favorite free Photoshop alternate software. This also has the ability to view SVG images.

Free Image Editing Software

Active Pixels

Active Pixels is a unique Image and Computer Graphics editor that enables you to view and convert SVG images.

Active Pixels

Universal Viewers

These are all free universal file viewers that can open nearly any file.

Open Freely

Open Freely is a free, multi-format file viewer that will allow you to open and view all kinds of documents, including media files and Office documents.

Open Freely


AhaView is a handy image viewer and converter for Windows that opens all kinds of vector and bitmap images.


File Indexers

As we discussed in our guide, one of the biggest advantage of an SVG file is that it can be indexed. So here are SVG file indexers.


Saladin is an open source dual-pane file manager for Windows that can view and index SVG images.



When it comes to searching for files on your computer, there are several options. But if you need to search inside documents, then you need a very specific tool such as DocFetcher.


That’s all folks. Please tell us which is your favorite method of viewing and editing SVG files in comments section below.

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  1. Luca November 26, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I think Inkscape is one of the most impressive SVG free editors. I’m using it from a while now, and it’s nothing less than an “Illustrator” with a price of 0€ (or $), and a lot of features to create and modify SVG files.

    1. Tayyub November 26, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Agreed 100% Luca. Inkscape is really awesome, and I’m not talking only about SVG’s. It’s the best freeware vector design application.

  2. David Zydd December 15, 2014 at 6:51 am

    This free online tool can be considered as an SVG editor:

    It can be used in an odd way… 🙂

    1. Tayyub December 16, 2014 at 10:13 am

      In a way it can be considered an SVG editor, but the process takes a lot of time and the editing options are very limited. If you are looking for an online solution, you can try: https://www.svgimages.com/

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