The <metadata> SVG element allows to add metadata to SVG content. Metadata is structured information about data. The contents of <metadata> elements should be elements from other XML namespaces such as RDF, FOAF, etc.

Usage context

Categories Descriptive element
Permitted content Any elements or character data


Global attributes

Specific attributes


DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGMetadataElement interface.


Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
The definition of '<metadata>' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Allowed global event attributes on the element.
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of '<metadata>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 (Yes) 1.5 (1.8) 9.0 8.0 3.0.4
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 3.0 (Yes) 1.0 (1.8) No support (Yes) 3.0.4

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