The <use> element takes nodes from within the SVG document, and duplicates them somewhere else. The effect is the same as if the nodes were deeply cloned into a non-exposed DOM, and then pasted where the use element is, much like cloned template elements in HTML5. Since the cloned nodes are not exposed, care must be taken when using CSS to style a use element and its hidden descendants. CSS attributes are not guaranteed to be inherited by the hidden, cloned DOM unless you explicitly request it using CSS inheritance.

For security reasons, some browsers could apply a same-origin policy on use elements and could refuse to load a cross-origin URI within the href attribute.

Since SVG 2, the xlink:href attribute is deprecated in favor of simply href. See xlink:href page for more information.

Usage context

Categories Graphics element, Graphics referencing element, Structural element
Permitted content Any number of the following elements, in any order:
Animation elements
Descriptive elements


Global attributes

Specific attributes

DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGUseElement interface.


<svg width="80" height="80" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:x="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink">
    .classA {
      fill: red;
    <g id="Port">
      <circle style="fill: inherit;" r="10"/>
  <text y="15">black</text>
  <use x="50" y="10" href="#Port" />
  <text y="35">red</text>
  <use x="50" y="30" href="#Port" class="classA"/>
  <text y="55">blue</text>
  <use x="50" y="50" href="#Port" style="fill: blue;"/>


Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 22 12 4.0 (Yes) 11.5


Load from external URI 22 13 4.0 No support 11.5 6.1
Load from data: URI 22 (Yes) 4.0 No support 11.5 5.1
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 4.0 12 4.0 (Yes) 11.5


Load from external URI 4.4 13 4.0 No support 11.5 6.1
Load from data: URI 4.0 (Yes) 4.0 No support 11.5 5.1


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