Opened 10 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

#737 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Use cairo instead of librsvg to render antialiased png's (from svg)

Reported by: tizianomueller Owned by: pkropf
Priority: low Component: GraphvizPlugin
Severity: normal Keywords:
Cc: Trac Release: 0.9


At the moment librsvg is needed to render antialiased png. The problem is that the dependencies for this lib in fact require a complete X-Window environment.
With cairo and libsvg-cairo (and the python-bindings of course) it would be possible to render the svg's generated by the graphviz tools to png with very decent performance.


import cairo, cairo.svg
svgctx = cairo.svg.Context()
width, height = svgctx.get_size()
surface = cairo.ImageSurface(cairo.FORMAT_ARGB32, width, height)
ctx = cairo.Context(surface)

I'll try to write a patch within the next week.

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comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by Blackhex

Futhermore there is an unpleasant bug in dot's SVG export where long labels overlaps node, which makes this file type unusuable to draw UML class diagram charts.

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by whiteblizzard

Workaround for this is to specify:


as the header for your dot code. This way you loose the anti-aliasing, since it isn't implemented for gif files. Caveat: If you set a size parameter the fonts will look very ugly.

comment:3 Changed 9 years ago by anonymous

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comment:4 follow-up: Changed 8 years ago by cboos

Suggesting a wontfix here, as graphviz itself can be built with cairo support, see

Looking at version 2.20.3 (current stable as of today), it's even the default:

  --with-pangocairo=yes   pangocairo library

Installing all the dependencies is of course a bit tedious if you have an old system, but probably no more work than getting the dependencies for the suggested pipeline (or the one suggested in #1610). Once you have it in place, it's certainly a more robust solution.

comment:5 in reply to: ↑ 4 Changed 8 years ago by cboos

  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

Replying to cboos:

Suggesting a wontfix here, as graphviz itself can be built with cairo support, see

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