TechDraw Symbol

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TechDraw Symbol

Menu location
TechDraw → TechDraw Views → Insert SVG Symbol
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
TechDraw Templates, Draft SVG


The TechDraw Symbol tool inserts an SVG file into the page. This symbol can be anything that helps annotating your drawing, and that doesn't need to be further modified.

Compass rose added to the drawing page; this symbol is available by installing the "symbols_library" addon with the Addon Manager


  1. If there are multiple drawing pages in the document: optionally activate the desired page by selecting it in the Tree view.
  2. There are several ways to invoke the tool:
    • Press the Insert SVG Symbol button.
    • Select the TechDraw → TechDraw Views → Insert SVG Symbol option from the menu.
  3. If there are multiple drawing pages in the document and you have not yet activated a page, the Page Chooser dialog box opens: introduced in version 0.20
    1. Select the desired page.
    2. Press the OK button.
  4. A file dialog opens.
  5. Select a location and file name.
  6. The symbol is inserted.
  7. Optionally change its DataScale property to adjust its size.


  • DataScale Type for Symbols is always set to Custom at creation. This is for convenience, since symbols are almost always scaled differently from the rest of the objects on the page.


See also TechDraw View.

Drawing view

  • DataEditable Texts: List of editable texts, if any.


See also: Autogenerated API documentation and FreeCAD Scripting Basics.

The Symbol tool can be used in macros and from the Python console by using the following functions:

sym = FreeCAD.ActiveDocument.addObject('TechDraw::DrawViewSymbol','TestSymbol')
rc = page.addView(anno)
f = open(unicode(symbolFileSpec,'utf-8'),'r')
svg =
sym.Symbol = svg
rc = page.addView(sym)