Inkscape - Symbol


Symbol libraries are sets of SVG symbols.

See also: Inkscape - Icon Creation


A library is any valid SVG file with symbols (<symbol> element) in the system configuration directory.


Inkscape 0.91 includes just five example libraries:

  • Logic Symbols,
  • AIGA/DOT Transportation Symbols,
  • Map Symbols,
  • Flow Chart Shapes,
  • and Word Balloons (made by Martin Owens and Tavmjong Bah).



Create a Symbol library

Create an object as a symbol

  • Create an object
  • Modify its properties (name and label)
  • Select it
  • Add it as symbol

Create the document as a library

  • Modify the title of the document (Ctrl+Shift+D → Metadata)

Restart and use the created library

  • Restart Inkscape
  • And start using your icon library

Config Dir

The system configuration directory is:

  • For OS X and Linux, the local user directory is ~/.config/inkscape/symbols.
  • For Windows, the directory is Inkscape_Home\share\symbols

Documentation / Reference

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