Can You Use SVG in Android Studio?

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Can You Use SVG in Android Studio?

If you are a developer working with Android Studio, you might be wondering whether you can use SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) in your projects. SVG is a popular file format for vector graphics that offers several advantages over other formats like PNG or JPEG. In this article, we will explore the possibilities of using SVG in Android Studio.

What is SVG?

SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. It is an XML-based file format that allows you to create and display vector-based graphics. Unlike raster image formats like PNG or JPEG, which use a grid of pixels to represent an image, SVG uses mathematical expressions to define shapes and lines.

This means that SVG images can be scaled without losing quality. Whether you want to display an image on a small smartphone screen or a large tablet display, SVG ensures that the image remains sharp and clear.

Using SVG in Android Studio

Android Studio has built-in support for using SVG images in your projects. You can easily import an SVG file into your project and use it just like any other drawable resource.

To use an SVG file in Android Studio:

  • Create a new ‘drawable’ directory: Right-click on the ‘res’ folder in your project structure and select ‘New’ -> ‘Android resource directory’. In the dialog box, enter ‘drawable’ as the directory name and click ‘OK’.
  • Import the SVG file: Right-click on the newly created ‘drawable’ directory and select ‘New’ -> ‘Vector Asset’.

    In the dialog box, choose ‘Local file (SVG, PSD)’ as the asset type, click on the folder icon next to the path field, and select your SVG file.

  • Configure the import settings: Android Studio will display a preview of the SVG file and allow you to customize the import settings. You can choose to keep the original colors or apply a tint, specify the size, and set other options as needed.
  • Click ‘Next’ and ‘Finish’: Once you have configured the import settings, click ‘Next’ and then ‘Finish’ to import the SVG file into your project.

After importing the SVG file, Android Studio will generate a corresponding XML file in the drawable directory. This XML file represents the vector drawable that can be used in your layout files or programmatically in your Java or Kotlin code.

Using SVG in Layout Files

To use an SVG image in a layout file, you can simply reference it using the ‘@drawable’ syntax:

    android:src="@drawable/my_svg_image" />

This code snippet shows an ImageView widget with its source set to ‘@drawable/my_svg_image’, where ‘my_svg_image’ is the name of your SVG file without the ‘.xml’ extension. Android will automatically load and display the SVG image at runtime.

Using SVG Programmatically

If you prefer to use SVG images programmatically in your Java or Kotlin code, you can use the VectorDrawableCompat class from the Support Library:

VectorDrawableCompat mySvgImage = VectorDrawableCompat.create(getResources(), R.drawable.my_svg_image, null);

In this code snippet, we create an instance of VectorDrawableCompat by calling the ‘create()’ method and passing the resource ID of our SVG image. We then set this drawable as the image for our ImageView widget.


In conclusion, Android Studio provides native support for using SVG images in your projects. By importing and referencing SVG files, you can add scalable vector graphics to your layouts and code. SVGs offer a flexible and efficient way to represent graphics in Android applications, allowing you to create visually engaging experiences on different screen sizes and resolutions.

So go ahead, unleash your creativity, and make the most of SVG in Android Studio!