How to Download SVG Files

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How to Download SVG Files

Learn How to Download & Unzip SVG Files!

So you’ve found some awesome SVG designs from my Creatables shop, or from another trusted site. But how do you download them and open them in your cutting software?

Read on to learn how to download SVG files and in just a few clicks, you’ll be ready to use them with your Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine!

If you’re using an iPad or iPhone, learn how to download & unzip SVG files on iOS devices.

Downloading SVG Files to Your Computer

When you order an SVG from Printable Cuttable Creatables and most other sites, you’ll see a download link or button for the design. I highly recommend to right-click on the link / button, and choose “Save Link as”, “Save Linked File as”, or similar option (the wording will vary depending on the browser you’re using.

How to Download SVG Files for Cricut Silhouette

This will open a navigation window that allows you to specify where you want the file to be saved on your computer. Choose where you want the file to go, and click “Save”. Be sure to choose a location that is easy to find. I usually save to my Desktop or Downloads folder.

How to Download SVG Files for Cricut and Silhouette

The file will be downloaded to your chosen location.

SVG Zip file downloaded to computer




Unzipping SVG Files

Most SVG designs include several filetypes in addition to SVG format, so the files will usually download as a zip (compressed) file. Zipped files look like a folder or file with a zipper on it.  Zip files need to be unzipped (extracted) before you can view and open the files inside.

On a Mac, you can just double-click the zip file and it will unzip. A regular folder icon will appear next to the zip file icon.

How to unzip SVG files on Mac

On PC, you’ll need to right-click the zip file, choose “Extract all” and follow the prompts.

Unzip SVG files for Cricut Silhouette on PC

In the Extraction Wizard, choose where you want the file to be saved on your computer. By default, it should unzip in the same location as the original zip file. Click “Extract”.

Follow prompts to Extract SVG on PC

The file will unzip, and a regular folder file will appear next to the zip file.

Unzipping SVG files on PC for Cricut and Silhouette

After unzipping, you can move the regular folder to a different location on your computer; for example a folder specifically for cut files. You don’t need the zip file anymore, so you can just delete it.

That’s it! Now when you open the design folder, you’ll see all the different filetypes included with the SVG, such as DXF, PNG, and JPEG. The designer may also include instructions, licensing, and contact info (often in PDF or .txt format).

Open download folder with SVG cut files

Where’s the SVG File?

Some computers may display SVG file thumbnails as web browser icons (Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc), however they are actually SVG files and should still upload correctly in your cutting software.

SVG Files with Web Browser icons

You can check the file extension for “.svg”. You can also check the File Type or File Properties and they should show as “SVG Document” or “Scalable Vector Graphic”.

SVG with browser icon - check file type for SVG Document

Now you can head to your cutting software to upload the SVG files!

Note that double-clicking will not work to open SVG files unless you have specified which program you want your computer to associate SVGs with.

See one of the articles below to learn how to open SVG files in your cutting software:

Happy Crafting!

Affiliate Disclosure: I may be an affiliate for some products recommended in this post. This means that if you purchase items through my links I will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I have personally used and enjoy and when you order through my link, it helps me continue to offer you weekly free SVG files, digital papers, scrapbook sketches, tutorials, and other fun things. Thank you in advance for your support! 

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18 thoughts on “How to Download SVG Files”

  1. I received the free design 2019 but I was trying to download it to my IPad and it didn’t work and now it says no more downloads left 🙁

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    • Hi Cindy,
      I have just re-activated your link so you can try downloading again. If you need help downloading the files to your iPad, feel free to email me at [email protected] and I’ll be happy to walk you through it! 🙂

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    • Hi Beckey, It sounds like you are looking at the Preview file which is the only one that has a watermark. As explained in this post, some computers may display SVG file thumbnails as web browser icons (Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc), however they are actually SVG files and should still upload correctly in your cutting software. If you are still having trouble finding the SVG file, please email me a screenshot of what you see in your download folder and I’ll be happy to help!

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    • Hi Valerie,

      This tutorial explains how to download SVG files to your computer (MAC or Windows). Once they have been saved to your computer and the zip has been extracted, you can certainly open the files in any program that supports SVGs, such as Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, Corel Draw, etc.

      Reply
  2. hello,
    I was able to extract all files but when I go to open the SVG (or any of the documents from the link) my silhouette says “the file type you are attempting to access is not supported.”

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    • Hi Amanda, That message usually appears if you are using the Basic Edition of Silhouette Studio. You would need the Designer Edition (or higher) to open SVG files in Studio. I do VERY highly recommend the Designer Edition upgrade, as the ability to work with SVG files, along with the features it includes are well worth the cost! It is a one-time paid upgrade, and the instant upgrade code is usually only $25-$30.

      If you decide not to upgrade at this time, my newer designs include DXF files which will work with the Basic Edition of Studio. If you have one of my older designs without a DXF, please let me know and I’ll send one to you.

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  3. Hi, how can I print these instructions so I can look at them while doing this. Easier for me to read along as Im doing it. Thank you, first instructions I have found I understand, at least I think so. LOL or do you only email which is good too.

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  4. Kristen,
    Would you please email these directions to me? I so confused trying to go back and forth. Very frustrating if you didn’t grow up using computers! I will do much better with a printed version.
    Thank you so much for explaining these steps in detail!
    Kathy

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  5. Hi Kristin, could you send me the instructions in the PDF, I’m new at this and need to download a bunch of SVG files to my Silhouette library. I have the deluxe edition software. Thanks so much. Carol

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    • Hi Calvina,
      If you’re purchasing cut files from the Silhouette Design Store to use with your Silhouette Cameo, then you don’t “need” to purchase the SVG, since the “.studio” version will work with your Cameo. The studio format of the design should appear in your Library

      If you’ve already purchased SVG files from the Silhouette Design Store, they won’t be automatically added to your Studio library, so you’ll need to download them to your computer. Log into your Silhouette Design Store account. Click “My Download History”, click on the order number, then check the “Download SVG” box, and click the “Download Checked” button.

      Once the SVG has been saved to your computer, you can import it to your Studio library as shown in this step by step tutorial: How to Open SVG Files in Silhouette Studio, This tutorial also shows how to get the file to cut.

      I hope this answers your question, but if you still have any questions, feel free to reach out!

      Reply

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