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Styling SVGs with CSS

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Styling SVGs with CSS


SVGs have revolutionized the way we create and display graphics on the web. Unlike traditional image formats, SVGs are resolution-independent and can be scaled to any size without losing quality. But did you know that you can take your SVGs to the next level by applying CSS styles to them? In this blog, we’ll explore the exciting world of styling SVGs with CSS.

The Power of SVG and CSS

SVGs are inherently customizable, with each element and attribute acting as a building block for your design. However, CSS offers a more centralized and efficient way to manage the presentation of your SVGs. By combining SVGs with CSS, you can enhance their appearance and interactivity in numerous ways.

Selecting SVG Elements with CSS

Just like HTML elements, SVG elements can be targeted and styled using CSS selectors. To do this effectively, it’s important to understand the structure of your SVG. SVGs consist of nested elements, each representing a part of the graphic. You can target these elements using their tag names or assign unique IDs/classes for more precise styling.

/* Targeting SVG elements by tag name */
circle {
  fill: blue;

/* Targeting SVG elements by ID */
#logo {
  stroke: black;
  stroke-width: 2;

/* Targeting SVG elements by class */
.highlight {
  fill: yellow;

Applying CSS Properties

CSS properties can be applied to SVG elements to control various aspects of their appearance. Here are some common CSS properties you can use to style SVGs:

  • fill and stroke: Control the interior fill color and border stroke color of SVG shapes.
  • stroke-width and stroke-opacity: Adjust the thickness and transparency of stroke lines.
  • opacity: Make SVG elements more or less transparent.
  • transform: Apply transformations like scaling, rotation, and translation to SVG elements.
  • filter: Add visual effects like blurs, shadows, and color adjustments.

Adding Animation and Interactivity

CSS can also be used to animate and add interactivity to SVGs, making them more engaging for users. Here’s how you can achieve that:

Hover Effects

/* Apply hover effect to SVG elements */
circle:hover {
  transform: scale(1.2);
  fill: orange;

Keyframe Animations

/* Create a keyframe animation for SVG rotation */
@keyframes spin {
  0% {
    transform: rotate(0deg);
  100% {
    transform: rotate(360deg);

/* Apply animation to SVG element */
#spinner {
  animation: spin 4s linear infinite;

CSS Transitions

/* Smoothly transition SVG property changes */
rect {
  transition: fill 0.3s ease;

rect:hover {
  fill: green;

Challenges and Considerations

While styling SVGs with CSS is powerful, there are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Browser Compatibility: Not all CSS properties work consistently across all browsers when applied to SVGs. Testing is essential.

2. Complexity: Advanced transformations and animations might require a good understanding of both SVG structure and CSS animations.

3. Responsive Design: Ensure that your SVGs and their styles are responsive, adapting well to various screen sizes.


Styling SVGs with CSS opens up a world of creative possibilities for enhancing the visual appeal and interactivity of your graphics. From simple color changes to complex animations, CSS empowers you to make your SVGs stand out and capture user’s attention.

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Aanchal Agarwal is a Software Consultant at NashTech. Her practice area is web development. She is recognized as a multi-talented, multitasker, and adaptive to the different work environments. Her hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, and traveling. She likes to read books and explore new things.

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