RmlUi comes integrated with the SVG plugin for rendering SVG vector images. The plugin uses the LunaSVG library to render the SVG document.

When RmlUi is built with the SVG plugin, the <svg> element is available as a normal RML tag.


The <svg> element is used to include SVG vector images in the document.


src = uri (CT)
The source location of the SVG image.
width = number (CN)
The width to force the element to, in pixels.
height = number (CN)
The height to force the element to, in pixels.

SVG sample

Building with the SVG plugin

The SVG plugin is integrated and built with the Core RmlUi library once it is enabled. Then, the plugin is automatically loaded during the call to Rml::Initialise().

First, we demonstrate how to download and build the required LunaSVG dependency. Open up a terminal and navigate to RmlUi/Dependencies. Then execute the following commands.

git clone --branch v2.3.0 https://github.com/sammycage/lunasvg
cd lunasvg
cmake --build build --target lunasvg --config Debug
cmake --build build --target lunasvg --config Release

You may want to adjust the commands and CMake arguments to your preferences. The plugin is tested at the given version of LunaSVG, but newer versions may work.

Then, during CMake configuration of RmlUi, set the option ENABLE_SVG_PLUGIN=ON. This will ensure that the SVG plugin is integrated and built together with RmlCore. For example, in the RmlUi/Build directory execute the following:


This should automatically locate the lunasvg library. You can now build and run the included svg sample as you would any other sample to try out the plugin.

Including the SVG plugin

To include the SVG plugin in your own project, make sure you build RmlUi with the CMake option ENABLE_SVG_PLUGIN enabled as described above, and integrate RmlUi into your project as normal. In addition, you will need to link with the lunasvg library.

The plugin is then automatically loaded during the call to Rml::Initialise(). If everything has worked out properly, the log will output a short message about the SVG plugin being initialised. The <svg> element should then be available for displaying vector images.