I am looking for an SVG viewer that is fast for large SVGs. I have a large SVG that is the output of dot for a large graph, which I would like to view. As well as being fast, I'd ideally like it to:

a) Support smoothly zooming out, with no limit on how far you can zoom out

b) Support ctrl/cmd+f for finding text within the SVG

c) Run on mac or linux

Any suggestions?

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    What viewer have you already tested that turned out not to be usable for your case? What is in your opinion a "large SVG file" - determined by file size or number of elements,... and how large is large?
    – Robert
    Commented Aug 22, 2021 at 13:23
  • I've tried the chrome and firefox built in viewers. While not unreasonably slow, they do not allow unlimited zoom.
    – Drew
    Commented Sep 1, 2021 at 4:11

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When converting a dot file to svg the file becomes larger.

  • Convert dot to svg via Graphviz

    dot -Tsvg filename.dot -o filename.svg

    635 kB (dot file) ---> 5,9 MB (svg file)

Maybe you should try working directly with the dot file. Or optimize the svg if it's too large for Inkscape.

SVG Optimizer.

Dot Viewer - Linux

apt install xdot

Dot Viewer

Not sure if it works for large files.

  • [x] Zoom
  • [x] Search (but no replace)
  • [x] Linux


I've tested with large SVG files from Wikimedia.

36,6 MB ---> OK (Dual Core, 8 GB RAM) ; 101,0 MB ---> slow

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