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I can open them in browser just OK, but how can I have thumbnails in the Windows Explorer?

Edit: I installed Renesis Player as suggested by this answer, but it does not work for me, probably because I have 64-bit system.

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Go to bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape/+bug/822178 to prioritize this feature. –  yanglifu90 Nov 29 '11 at 16:05

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Use this awesome SVG thumbnail shell extension which works fine in Windows 7 (64-bit and 32-bit):

Extension module for Windows Explorer to render SVG thumbnails, so that you can have an overview of your SVG files.

It is open source and free - what can you ask more?

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Even with my Windows 7 64-bits system and the signed application, it still displays the Inkscape icon. Any idea on how to fix this? –  Mikaël Mayer Oct 12 '13 at 9:40
Sorry, works fine here (same config). You will need to contact the makers for support. –  Deckard Oct 18 '13 at 12:43
Finally I made it work. I needed to wait a little bit more. –  Mikaël Mayer Oct 18 '13 at 13:01
Yes, there are some issues related to refresh. You will need to delete your icon cache (sevenforums.com/tutorials/49819-icon-cache-rebuild.html) and say your prayers. –  Mike Nakis Oct 30 '13 at 13:37
Even works on Windows 8.1 64bit. Nice thingie :) –  AdrianMar Jan 22 '14 at 9:18

You could try the RENESIS Player Browser Plugins.


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  1. Download & install the latest svg viewer extension (32 or 64-bit)
  2. Download & run the rebuild_icon_cache.bat (if you still cannot see the thumbs)
  3. Reboot your system

This works on Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit.

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Many thanks - just doing step 1 worked perfectly for me. –  Felix Eve Sep 10 '14 at 23:36

Adobe Illustrator isn't the only way to do this, nor is it the best way to do this.

See the post by @Deckard above...

Follow the link he provided to the SVG Explorer Extension. Download and install Dotz Software SVG Explorer Extension, aka DSSEE.

Once installed, open Task Manager and kill all instances of explorer.exe. From the Task Manager menu, choose File->Run new task menu. In the dialog box, simply type explorer and hit OK.

NOTE: Please do the above step only if you're comfortable with killing and restarting processes through the Task Manager. If not, then simply reboot your system so that the new explorer extension can load.

From then on, all SVG images will show up as thumbnails in Windows Explorer.

This extension has worked perfectly for me on both Win7_x64 and Win8_x64! In fact, I was recently pleasantly surprised to learn that it displays thumbnails for compressed SVGZ images as seamlessly as it does the non-compressed versions.

NOTE (7/17/2014):

Per the comment by John Rasch, if you can't see the SVG thumbnails after following the steps above, you can clear your icon cache using the following batch file:


TASKKILL /IM explorer* /F
DEL "%localappdata%\IconCache.db" /A
shutdown /r /f /t 5 /d 02:04

Copy this to RebuildIconCache.bat and run it as Administrator. It will kill all Windows Explorer processes, which is required before you can delete the icon cache, then delete the icon cache, and, finally, reboot your system.

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For anyone else who still cannot see the icons after these steps (including rebooting), I also had to go to Disk Cleanup and select Thumbnails to delete the existing cached thumbnails. –  John Rasch Jul 16 '14 at 15:46

In regards to the answer given by geo, in the event someone needs to rebuild the IconCache.db and wants to give a go at not needing to reboot try the following batch.


    TASKKILL /IM explorer* /F
    DEL "%localappdata%\IconCache.db" /A
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If you are using Windows 7 64bit, you have only one way to see thumbnails:

Open (install) Adobe Illustrator trial, then press File > Open and change to a thumbnail view of your SVG files, and it will show all your SVGs.

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Thanks. But are there other software which has this feature? Perhaps open-sourse Inkscape? –  Zotov Nov 8 '11 at 18:41
No, sorry. Inkscape cannot do this. I have been on the lookout for such a software myself for quite some time. –  Deckard Nov 12 '11 at 17:23

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