SVG icons not being scaled correctly

We have created a uniform set of icons for building a palette in Go.JS with the intention of allowing the user to use them in diagrams. The creation of the node template looks something like the following

            { ...nodeOptions, background: 'transparent' },
            new go.Binding('fromLinkable', 'isLinking').makeTwoWay(),
            new go.Binding('toLinkable', 'isLinking').makeTwoWay(),
            new go.Binding('resizable', 'isDrawing').makeTwoWay(),
            new go.Binding('location', 'pos', go.Point.parse).makeTwoWay(go.Point.stringify),
            new go.Binding('desiredSize', 'size', go.Size.parse).makeTwoWay(go.Size.stringify),
            new go.Binding('background', 'colorBackground', resolveRGBA),
            $(go.Picture, {
                desiredSize: new go.Size(20, 20),
                alignment: go.Spot.BottomRight,
                margin: new go.Margin(0, 8, 8, 0),
                cursor: 'pointer',
                visible: false,
                name: 'LINK_ICON',
              new go.Binding('visible', 'linkedModelState', (s) => s !== null),
              $(go.Shape, 'Rectangle', {
                margin: new go.Margin(0, 8, 8, 0),
                alignment: go.Spot.BottomRight,
                desiredSize: new go.Size(20, 20),
                fill: 'transparent',
                stroke: null,
                  geometry: LINK_GEOMETRY,
                new go.Binding('geometry', 'linkedModelState', (s) => (s ? LINK_GEOMETRY : LINK_BROKEN_GEOMETRY)),

The challenge we have is that unless we add width and height attributes to the SVG code (say that match its bounding box), the icons are very small and a fraction of the size that we expect. Here is an example SVG prior to adding the width and height attrbiutes to the SVG element.

<svg id="Layer_1" data-name="Layer 1" xmlns="" viewBox="0 0 75 75">
  <rect class="cls-1" width="75" height="75"/>
  <path class="cls-2"
  <line class="cls-3" x1="23" y1="17.25" x2="23" y2="57.75"/>
  <line class="cls-4" x1="12" y1="12.8" x2="24" y2="12.8"/>
  <line class="cls-4" x1="51" y1="12.8" x2="63" y2="12.8"/>
  <line class="cls-4" x1="31.47" y1="12.8" x2="43.47" y2="12.8"/>
  <line class="cls-4" x1="31.47" y1="62.2" x2="43.47" y2="62.2"/>
  <line class="cls-4" x1="12" y1="62.2" x2="24" y2="62.2"/>
  <line class="cls-4" x1="51" y1="62.2" x2="63" y2="62.2"/>

Can I ask should we be doing something different with our SVG files or template handing to make them predictably scale?

Also please note we are about to update them all to remove the internal padding on the 75x75 viewpoint because when attaching links after being placed onto the canvas the links unfortunately sit at the rectangular extents not on the shape boundary itself, which on the left and right sides of the example is about 20 pixels different. That’s why we are asking the question here - we are about to go back to the icon creator and ask for changes and want to capture any specific ones Go.JS will require also.

Yes, when displaying an SVG file using a Picture object, the image is always treated as a rectangular area of the measured dimensions. GoJS cannot know anything about what is drawn within those bounds.

Please read:
and make sure your app renders well in Firefox.

Of course if you have many SVG images that you want to display, it would be more convenient if they were all declared and drawn within the same size. Then your Picture.width and Picture.height can be the same for all of them. You can then set the Picture.scale to cause the Picture to be the real size that you want in your node, or more flexibly you can wrap that Picture object in a “Viewbox” Panel. Read more at:

Maybe you won’t need to have separate node templates but could share the same one for all such nodes.

Thanks I accept the Pictures are rectangular but why are they not automatically sized from the SVG’s viewbox? It does seem that the picture inherits the width and height of the SVG if those attributes are in the svg element, but you don’t look at the viewbox attribute. Why?

See the example small icon below that does not have width and height specified in the file but does have a viewbox of “0 0 75 75”.


I am using Chrome, which I note has a problem with the example

And finally here is the outcome if I specify height/width in the SVG and in the Picture which is not right either.


We have no control over how the rendering of an image by a Picture is done. Because different browsers do different things, we can only provide guidance for how to use it. We cannot explain why any particular browser decided to ignore some information within the image or why it decided not to adapt a certain way to some information within the image.

Ok thanks.