I am looking for a search engine that efficiently finds vector images (so SVG, mostly).

  • I should not show results for other formats such as web pages or PDF
  • Available online, free to use
  • It must be a real crawler, not just a repository of SVG files such as https://openclipart.org/
  • Bonus if it shows license information for each file

Google can't do this:

Google Search: select list of file type, including '.rtf' and '.swf', but not '.svg'

  • Do you want to host that software yourself – or are you looking for a website? ;)
    – Izzy
    Mar 22, 2016 at 12:13
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    @Izzy: Looking for a webapp, not hosted myself. This strikes me as a question that would perform well here, as it asks for a very specific tool.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Mar 22, 2016 at 13:23

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Yes, Google can search for SVG files. Lifehacker agrees.

January 28, 2011

Google Image Search Indexes SVG Files Last year, Google announced that it started to index SVG files, but the results were only returned by the web search engine. "SVG is an open, XML-based format for vector graphics with support for interactive elements. We're big fans of open standards, and our mission is to organize the world's information, so indexing SVG is a natural step. We index SVG content whether it is in a standalone file or embedded directly in HTML," explained Google at that time.

Now you can find SVG files in Google Image Search by restricting the results to this filetype in the advanced search page or by using the filetype operator. Here's an example: [molecule filetype:svg]. If you restrict the results to Wikipedia, Google returns 57,300 SVG files.

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    short answer: add filetype:svg to your query
    – milahu
    Nov 13, 2022 at 8:54

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