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SVG Assets for GitLab

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Gitlab SVGs

This repository manages all SVG Assets for GitLab by creating SVG sprites out of icons, and optimizing SVG illustrations.

Previewing the SVG library

Visit the GitLab SVG Previewer website to see, reference, and search through all available icons and illustrations.


  • You’ll need yarn and node installed. On a Mac, you can install yarn with brew install yarn.
  • For the first time, or after updating from the main branch, use yarn install to install the latest dependencies.


yarn run svg - Runs all tasks that are available. You can also run this task to release a new version.

All output is saved to the dist folder where it’s referenced from our main applications.

Adding icons or illustrations

  • If you're adding a third-party logo or trademark, refer to this section.

  • Review the following documentation:

  • Make sure you have the latest from the main branch in your local copy of the gitlab-svgs repository, then create a new local branch.

    # Retrieve the latest updates
    git pull
    # Create a new local branch
    git checkout -b new-branch-name
  • Make sure that your dependencies are up to date by running yarn install.

  • Export the icons or illustrations as a .svg file where:

    • Icons are placed in the sprite_icons folder. Read instructions below on exporting icons.
    • Illustrations are placed in the illustrations/ folder. There are subfolders for illustration categories, like empty states or logos.
  • If you are not compressing an SVG during export, you can use SVGO to optimize it after you export.

    # Optimize our `huge_test.svg` file
    yarn run svgo ./path/to/huge_test.svg
  • After adding the new SVGs, execute the following commands to verify your changes locally at http://localhost:3333/

     # Starts a local server to preview your changes
     yarn run dev
  • Test icons by changing the settings in the Icon configuration panel of the local preview site and ensuring that the icon changes color and size (there are a few icons that intentionally don’t change color).

    Icon configuration panel

  • If you are happy with the new/modified SVG, commit and push all changes (including the ones to the dist folder) and create a merge request.

    # After committing your changes, use this to create a remote branch. A link will then be available to create the merge request.
    git push -u origin new-branch-name
  • Assign the merge request to a maintainer of the GitLab SVGs project. You can find the maintainers on the GitLab project overview page.

Adding third-party logos or trademarks

  1. See the process for adding third-party trademarks to GitLab in the handbook.
  2. Place approved assets in the /illustrations/third-party-logos directory.

Exporting icons from Figma

Icons should only be exported after they have been added to the Pajamas UI Kit in Figma. This ensures that it’s the final version of the icon that gets exported, and the export settings are retained for developer handoff if it’s ever needed.

  1. Confirm that the icon follows the icon design guidelines.
  2. Make sure the parent frame around the icon has no background fill.
  3. Select the icon and in the right properties panel add SVG as the export option. This should be done whether or not you are using the Advanced SVG Export plugin. If you want to optimize the icon during export use the following process, otherwise export the icon via the properties panel and skip to the next step.
    1. Install the Advanced SVG Export plugin. The plugin uses SVGO under the hood. Use the default settings.
    2. Select the icon and run the plugin, exporting to the sprite_icons folder.
    3. Open the resulting SVG file in your text editor and remove fill="none" from the main <svg> element.
  4. After adding the new SVGs, execute the following commands to verify your changes locally at http://localhost:3333/
    # Starts a local server to preview your changes
    yarn run dev

Brand icons for companies or products, which may have specific color requirements, should be named starting with brand-, for example, brand-slack.svg. These icons may have something different than fill="#000" to prevent color from being overridden.

Preview Application

The application for previewing is based on NUXT and is located in the folder svgpreviewer.

You can run it locally through yarn run dev then it will available under http://localhost:3333/.

With yarn run generate you can generate the static output to the public folder.

File icons

This package also bundles file icons based off PKief/vscode-material-icon-theme.

During the CI build, the following steps are done:

  1. vscode-material-icon-theme is downloaded based on the version in build_scripts/file_icons_version.
  2. Then all file types used in src/file_icon_map are copied to the file_icons folder.
  3. From there they are bundled in icons sprites
  4. Unused file icons are copied into file_icons_unused

Publishing a new version

Every time a file is added, deleted, modified or renamed within the sprite_icons or illustrations folders and the change is merged into the main branch, a new minor version of the package is published.


GitLab is an open source project and we are happy to accept community contributions. Please refer to for details.


Package last updated on 15 Nov 2023

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