SVG Icons

The SVGIcon is just the SVG version of the FontIcon component. This component will allow you to declare inline SVGs to use as icons or extract SVGs from a spritemap.

This example will show how you can use the SVGIcon component to create inline SVG icons and showcase some of the styling and sizing props.

One of the problems with inline SVGs is that all your icons are not cacheable and reusable. If this is your goal, you can end up using the use prop instead of children to define your icons.

To get SVGIcons working for this documentation site, I am using the svg-sprite-loader and this additional webpack config:

  }, {
    test: /\.svg$/,
    include: path.join(src, 'icons'),
    use: [{
      loader: 'svg-sprite-loader',
      options: {
        extract: true,
        spriteFilename: 'icon-sprites.[hash:8].svg',
    }, {
      loader: 'svgo-loader',
  }, {

This allows any SVG that I import from src/icons to be converted to an external URL with a direct link to the SVG I want to use. If your app needs to support IE11 or Edge < 12, you will need to also polyfill the <use> in SVG with svgxuse or svg4everybody since they do not support <use xlink:href> and external SVG sprite maps. It is most likely simpler to not use the extract options when using the extract option when IE11 and Edge < 12 need to be supported. Check out the source code below for some more info.

Now you must be wondering:

"How can I make my SVG icons screen reader accessible? This is my number one concern when developing apps!"

Welp, look no further since I have examples, descriptions, and a solution for you!

Ok, lets start with the easiest one: Inline SVG Icons. This one will actually have the most native support since it is the easiest for the screen readers to parse. However, you'll still need to provide the same props as the other versions. The basic props you'll need to add are aria-labelledby, title, and desc (The title and desc are not required if they are part of the children, but you won't get the auto-magic aria-ids). When the aria-labelledby prop is defined, it will automatically attempt to split the value with spaces and apply the first id to the <title> and the second id to the <desc>. If these props aren't used, you will manually need to add the ids yourself.

When using the use prop, this can be simplified even more. When the title and desc props are provided, it will automatically parse the use prop to get the link of the icon and then suffix with -title and -desc as well as creating the aria-labelledby attribute to provide to the <svg>.

When the use prop is used and each of your icons are created by using a <symbol> and provide a <title>, you can just use the titleAttr prop to define a title and it will be picked up by screen readers.

When an icon is used in links, the rules change a little bit for providing accessibility. If the icon is used for decoration only, provide the role="presentation" prop. The icon will not need the titleAttr or any other accessibility props. In all other cases, follow the examples above about adding the required title, desc, titleAttr, and others. The SVGIcon defaults to the img role.

The example code will also include what the created html is after a jest snapshot test.

Inline SVGs

MenuThis is a menu icon.menuThis is a menu icon.

External SVGs

AlarmAn alarm clock.

External SVGs with title

In Links