Batik is a Java(tm) technology based toolkit for applications that want
to use images in the Scalable Vector
Graphics (SVG) format for various purposes, such as
viewing, generation or manipulation.
The project's ambition is to give developers a set of core
modules which can be used together or individually to support
specific SVG solutions. Examples of modules are the SVG parsers, the SVG
generator and the SVG DOM implementation. Another ambition for
the Batik project is to make it highly extensible (for
example, Batik allows the developer to handle custom SVG
tags). Even though the goal of the project is to provide a
set of core modules, one of the deliverables is a full fledged
SVG browser implementation which validates the various modules
and their inter-operability.
With Batik, you can manipulate SVG documents anywhere Java is
available. You can also use the various Batik modules to
generate, manipulate, transcode and search SVG images in your
Batik makes it easy for Java based applications to deal with SVG
content. For example, using Batik's SVG generator, a Java application
can very easily export its graphics in the SVG format. Using
Batik's SVG processor and SVG Viewing component, an application can very easily
integrate SVG viewing capabilities. Another possibility is to
use Batik's modules to convert SVG to various formats, such as
raster images (JPEG or PNG).
Batik provides core components for handling and processing SVG
files. See examples of projects and
products using Batik for real-life example of how Batik is
already integrated in projects and products.
Scalable Vector Graphics, SVG, is a W3C
recommendation. It defines an XML grammar for rich 2D graphics
which includes features such as transparency, arbitrary geometry, filter
effects (shadows, lighting effects, etc...), scripting and animation.
The SVG specification can be found on the
W3C site. Batik 1.1 is conformant
with the final recommendation of September 4th, 2001.
You can get the Batik distribution (source and binary) on the
All other libraries needed by Batik are included in the distribution.
As a consequence the Batik archive is quite big, but
after you downloaded it, you will not need anything else.