Introduction to librsvg

The librsvg package contains a library and tools used to manipulate, convert and view Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) images.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-10.1 platform.

Package Information

librsvg Dependencies


gdk-pixbuf-2.42.2, Cairo-1.17.2+f93fc72c03e, Pango-1.48.2, and rustc-1.47.0




User Notes:

Installation of librsvg

Install librsvg by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr    \
            --enable-vala    \
            --disable-static \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/librsvg-2.50.3 &&

To test the results, issue: make check. Many of the tests in 'reftests' may fail (44 in November 2020) because they produce, and then diff, graphic files with text and the details such as spacing vary when the system versions of cairo, freetype, pixman, pango and perhaps harfbuzz differ from the versions on the system where the reference files were created.

Now, as the root user:

make install


If you installed the package on to your system using a DESTDIR method, an important file was not installed and should be copied and/or generated. Generate it using the following command as the root user:

gdk-pixbuf-query-loaders --update-cache

Command Explanations

--enable-vala: This switch enables building of the Vala bindings. Remove this switch if you don't have Vala-0.50.3 installed.

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

--disable-introspection: Use this switch if you have not installed Gobject Introspection.

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.


Installed Programs: rsvg-convert
Installed Library: and
Installed Directories: /usr/include/librsvg-2.0, /usr/share/doc/librsvg-2.50.3, and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/rsvg-2.0

Short Descriptions


is used to convert images into PNG, PDF, PS, SVG and other formats

provides the functions to render Scalable Vector Graphics

is the Gdk Pixbuf plugin that allows GTK+ applications to render Scalable Vector Graphics images

Last updated on 2021-02-21 15:09:04 -0800