Relative path for svg symbols in .qml files works as expected if the svg file is in another directory than the .qml file's. Example :

<prop k="name" v="../icons/symbol.svg"/>

However, if the svg file is in the same directory as the .qml file, it doesn't. I tried with this syntax :

<prop k="name" v="symbol.svg"/>

And this one :

<prop k="name" v="./symbol.svg"/>

With no success... Is it a bug or do I miss something ?

1 Answer 1


The QML location is irrelevant. Once you have selected the qml file to apply it to a layer in your project, its information is "copied" to the project file - which is likely somewhere else.

SVG paths in the QML file are relative to the path you have declared in QGIS options. You can add a new path pointing to the folder holding the qml + svg if you want.

svg paths

  • The context being a plugin, I could indeed add programatically the path to qml and svg files. But I still don't understand why relative paths work in the case of a different directory (which indeed appears in the svg symbol path in the layer's properties dialog).
    – sigeal
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 15:44
  • @sigeal Probably because the relative path, from one of the declared svg folder, match the one in your QML. (ex: svg folder = c:\svg\, your file is in c:\icons\, so "../icons" means "start from c:\svg\, go up to c:, go down to c:\icons " and it finds your svg there.)
    – JGH
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 15:54
  • I checked that but it is not the case... The other workaround I found so far is to update svg path in the qml file when the plugin is loaded.
    – sigeal
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 18:42

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