I have a SVG which I have opened in Visual Studio Code and in Adobe Illustrator at the same time.

I am using VS Code to edit the markup. I was wondering if there is a way for me to refresh the svg in Illustrator to see the effect of the edit that I made in the markup. Is there a refresh button in illustrator that lets me do it.

Thank you in advance.


No. Not if you opened the SVG in Illustrator. Once opened, the file is assumed to be live and AI doesn't speak with the file system any further until you save or manually request interaction. Opened artwork is sort of in a "suspended" state - It does not reference the file on disk in terms of "reading" at any point once loaded into AI.

You could try the Revert command in the File menu... that might work. AI will close the open document and then reopen it from the file on disk. That may cause the loss of any additional information in the AI file if you'd edited there as well.

** -- I make no guarantees that using Revert won't lose data. It might -- **

If you wish to "refresh" an object in Illustrator it must be a link. You can then refresh the link via the Links Panel. Linked files can not be edited as "live" artwork in Illustrator.

Unfortunately, it appears as though Illustrator simply won't link to an SVG file. When you "place" an SVG into AI, the art is embedded by default. There appears to be no option to "link" to the original SVG file. Sorry.

  • Thanks for taking time out to look into this. I was trying to use Place as you mentioned. Please correct me if I am wrong and I am desperately hoping that I am wrong. When you place a raster image using place the link is established. But when you place svg using Place the link is grayed out meaning the refresh option in link panel is grayed out. Place would work for me if the refresh is activated on the link panel for svg. – smpa01 May 15 '20 at 18:22
  • Hi @smpa01 -- You're right. I never noticed that before. Sorry for leading you astray. You can't "link" to an SVG. AI merely embeds the SVG by default. You could do some workaround... which may be more trouble than they are worth possibly... Place Linked SVG into Photoshop. Save as PSD... place PSD into AI as link... then edit SVG, update link in PS, save, then refresh link in AI. -- Like I've posted, way more trouble. And I don't know if it's even worth it to you. Very odd.. since you can link an AI file inside another AI file. – Scott May 15 '20 at 18:30
  • thanks for the confirmation. – smpa01 May 15 '20 at 18:34
  • @smpa01 for what its wirth it works with EPS fies. – joojaa May 15 '20 at 22:06

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