I have an SVG graphic which should be placed in certain locations on my map in QGIS 2.18.


I can open it through Adobe Photoshop, Inkscape, Chrome, it even obeys Internet Explorer.

As for me, everything looks okay when I check my SVG element through Notepad++.

It is accessible via JSFiddle: SVG_Example

However, when I modify the point symbology through

Layer Properties > Style > Single Symbol > SVG Marker

I am getting a fully black icon, see the image below.

Any suggestions on how can I overcome this issue?


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    I would suggest linking the SVG or quoting the SVG's markup in the question. There is no way to know what's wrong with it as it is. – Gabriel C. Sep 12 '18 at 13:54

In my case deleting <defs> and </defs> (but not it's content) from the SVG graphics for instance with Notepad++ solved my issue. See the image below.

<defs> #delete this tag

<linearGradient id="Unbenannter_Verlauf_20" x1="25.35" y1="50" x2="25.35" gradientUnits="userSpaceOnUse">
  <stop offset="0" stop-color="#004a99"/>
  <stop offset="0.36" stop-color="#024d99"/>
  <stop offset="0.63" stop-color="#075699"/>
  <stop offset="0.86" stop-color="#106699"/>
  <stop offset="0.91" stop-color="#136b99"/>
</defs> #delete this tag




I had a similar case after creating a svg via Notepad++ and was able to solve it by copying header-data from a different, working svg-file until the new file worked. Rather crude solution, but it works.

  • Erik your suggestion partially helped me. Thank! If you do not mind can I put a proper answer to my question? – Taras Sep 12 '18 at 13:40
  • Feel free to do so, if you found a more fitting solution. – Erik Sep 12 '18 at 13:47

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