Insanely useful webapp to convert PDF to SVG


Sometimes you find a webapp on the intertubes that's so useful you'd be charged for criminally negligent conduct if you didn't tell other people about it. As far as I understand it.

In this case it's Texterity's FreeSVG service which takes PDFs you upload, breaks them down into their individual components (including text, images, fonts and vector drawings), converts it all into an SVG file, bundles all the material into a zip file, then emails you a 48 hour link to fetch it. Very, very nice.

Choosing the file to upload and convert

From their site:

FreeSVG is provided by Texterity to encourage the use of SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) on the web and enable free, highly functional conversion of PDF documents into fully accessible and navigable SVG.

SVG is an industry standard, W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) specification describing text and graphics in XML. To learn more about SVG visit the W3C site at

Now obviously for security reasons you'd definitely not want to use this service for confidential or sensitive information, but for general use it's a fantastic solution, and has saved my arse many times!

Author bio and support


Ruben Schade is a technical writer and infrastructure architect in Sydney, Australia who refers to himself in the third person. Hi!

The site is powered by Hugo, FreeBSD, and OpenZFS on OrionVM, everyone’s favourite bespoke cloud infrastructure provider.

If you found this post helpful or entertaining, you can shout me a coffee or send a comment. Thanks ☺️.