The g element is a container used to group other SVG elements. Transformations applied to the g element are performed on all of its child elements, and any of its attributes are inherited by its child elements. It can also group multiple elements to be referenced later with the <use> element.

Usage context

CategoriesContainer element, Structural element
Permitted contentAny number of the following elements, in any order:
Animation elements
Descriptive elements
Shape elements
Structural elements
Gradient elements
<a>, <altGlyphDef>, <clipPath>, <color-profile>, <cursor>, <filter>, <font>, <font-face>, <foreignObject>, <image>, <marker>, <mask>, <pattern>, <script>, <style>, <switch>, <text>, <view>


<svg viewBox="0 0 95 50"
   <g stroke="green" fill="white" stroke-width="5">
     <circle cx="25" cy="25" r="15"/>
     <circle cx="40" cy="25" r="15"/>
     <circle cx="55" cy="25" r="15"/>
     <circle cx="70" cy="25" r="15"/>


Global attributes

Specific attributes

There are no specific attributes

DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGGElement interface.


Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
The definition of '<g>' in that specification.
Working Draft  
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of '<g>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 1.5 (1.8) 9.0 8.0 3.0.4
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 3.0 1.0 (1.8) Not supported (Yes) 3.0.4

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