Export to SVG or SVGZ

SVG is an XML-based file format that has been specifically designed for viewing on the web. SVG can contain both vector and raster information. Some web browsers may require a plug-in to view SVG files; older browsers may not be able to view SVG files at all. SVG supports font embedding. You can also choose to produce compressed SVG files. The file extension changes to *.svgz when this option is enabled.

To export an .svg or .sgvz file, ensure that a map or layout view is active. On the Share tab, click Export Map Export Map or Export Layout Export Layout, depending on the active view, to open the Export pane. Change the File Type parameter to SVG or SVGZ. Set a name and location for the file, as well as any other properties, and click Export.


Certain options are only available when exporting a map or layout. When exporting a map, you can set the size of the map export. When exporting a layout, you can clip to graphics extent.

The following properties are available when exporting to an .svg or .svgz file:


Include non-visible layers

When checked, this property ensures that all layers in the map are included in the exported file, including layers with visibility unchecked. The visibility status of all layers is retained in the exported file. Use this option to create deliverables with several views of the same data. When this property is unchecked, only visible layers in the map are included in the exported file. Non-visible layers are dropped.

Show selection symbology

Show selected features in the map or map frame as selected in the output file. Unchecking this option does not affect selection within the view, only in the output file.

Output as image

Export all content as an image. For maps or layouts containing vector layers with a high density of vertices, this can drastically reduce the output file size. Options specific to vector data, such as Layers and attributes, are unavailable when Output as image is checked.

Vector resolution

The effective dpi of the vector data in the layout. DPI is available only when exporting a layout. When exporting a map, the dpi is calculated automatically.

Raster resample

The amount of image resampling. The control determines the effective resolution of raster content on output. For instance, if the output image quality ratio is set to 1:2 and the output resolution is set to 300 dpi, the raster content is output at approximately 150 dpi. In many cases, the raster data can be included at a lower dpi than the vector data without visibly affecting quality, reducing the output file size.

Embed fonts

Include embeddable fonts in the exported file to maintain font consistency across different platforms. Fonts that do not support embedding are not included, regardless of this setting.

Convert character marker symbols to polygon

Controls whether marker symbols based on font characters are exported as font characters or as polygons. Check this option to view the output on a machine that does not have the appropriate fonts installed when you cannot embed the fonts due to licensing or file format restrictions. This does not apply to text, only marker symbols based on fonts.

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