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QGIS looks straight forward except for the symbols or icons.

I have created SVG symbols and when I place my pointer to the obvious blank areas in the symbol library a pop-up says that my symbol is there, yet nothing shows in the icon library.

I insert the "ghost" svg into the map and Nothing shows on the map.

Can anyone tell me how to get an SVG file to work in QGIS?

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The accepted answer at this question has a link to a blog post describing the process. What are you creating your SVG symbols in? I note from this question that Illustrator may not play nice with the format. If neither of those help, you might to a search here on 'qgis svg' and see if any of the other questions/answers might. –  Chris W Aug 20 at 19:56

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Here are points in the table of contents:

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Here's what my SVG that I downloaded from some website looks like to Windows Explorer in my downloads folder:

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And what it looks like in IE:

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Now double-click your point layer to open the layer properties

  • choose the Simple Marker
  • then from the 'symbol layer type' drop-down in the upper-right, choose "SVG"

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Now choose the little ellipse (browse button) below the SVG Groups panel, and navigate to your SVG you want to use as the symbol:

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Now you're SVG is set as the symbol for your points, and you can adjust the size, etc:

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And here's the result on the map:

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Just note you can also add more SVG search paths in the Settings -> Options dialog so they will show up in the User Symbols section. –  Nathan W Aug 20 at 22:33

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