Introduction to librsvg

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



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Package Information

librsvg Dependencies


Cairo-1.17.6, gdk-pixbuf-2.42.8, Pango-1.50.7, and rustc-1.60.0



docutils-0.18.1 (for man pages), Xorg Fonts (for tests), and gi-docgen (for documentation)

User Notes:

Installation of librsvg

Install librsvg by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr    \
            --enable-vala    \
            --disable-static \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/librsvg-2.54.3 &&

To test the results, issue: make -k check. During testing some binaries are rebuilt with a different debug level, so you should run make again after the tests are complete to ensure everything is ready to be installed.

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-0.56.1 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 (in /usr/lib/gdk-pixbuf-2.0/2.10.0/)
Installed Directories: /usr/include/librsvg-2.0, /usr/share/doc/librsvg-2.54.3, 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