Allow SVG through WordPress Media Uploader

WordPress enables users to upload quite a few different kinds of image files. You’ll likely recognize the usual suspects, such as PNG and JPG. Displaying other file types, such as vector graphics, can be more problematic. 

Fortunately, there are a few ways to incorporate vector files into your website. While not a native feature, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) files can be used to display two-dimensional images on WordPress sites. With a little reconfiguring, you’ll be able to optimize some of your logos and other graphics using this file type. 

For your functions.php file or a functionality plugin:

 * Allow SVG uploads for administrator users.
 * @param array $upload_mimes Allowed mime types.
 * @return mixed
	function ( $upload_mimes ) {
		// By default, only administrator users are allowed to add SVGs.
		// To enable more user types edit or comment the lines below but beware of
		// the security risks if you allow any user to upload SVG files.
		if ( ! current_user_can( 'administrator' ) ) {
			return $upload_mimes;

		$upload_mimes['svg']  = 'image/svg+xml';
		$upload_mimes['svgz'] = 'image/svg+xml';

		return $upload_mimes;

 * Add SVG files mime check.
 * @param array        $wp_check_filetype_and_ext Values for the extension, mime type, and corrected filename.
 * @param string       $file Full path to the file.
 * @param string       $filename The name of the file (may differ from $file due to $file being in a tmp directory).
 * @param string[]     $mimes Array of mime types keyed by their file extension regex.
 * @param string|false $real_mime The actual mime type or false if the type cannot be determined.
	function ( $wp_check_filetype_and_ext, $file, $filename, $mimes, $real_mime ) {

		if ( ! $wp_check_filetype_and_ext['type'] ) {

			$check_filetype  = wp_check_filetype( $filename, $mimes );
			$ext             = $check_filetype['ext'];
			$type            = $check_filetype['type'];
			$proper_filename = $filename;

			if ( $type && 0 === strpos( $type, 'image/' ) && 'svg' !== $ext ) {
				$ext  = false;
				$type = false;

			$wp_check_filetype_and_ext = compact( 'ext', 'type', 'proper_filename' );

		return $wp_check_filetype_and_ext;


Without this, SVG files will be rejected when attempting to upload them through the media uploader.

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