Frequently Asked Question

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About Open Clipart

What is Open Clipart?

Founded in 2004, Open Clipart is an online media collection of more than 160 000 vectorial graphics, entirely in the public domain. You can read more on the Wikipedia page.

What is a vector clipart?

In the Open Clipart collection, all graphics are stored using the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format. Major standard supported all accross the web, SVG files are very portable and can easily be scaled, edited or printed without deformation.

Who are the librarians?

Librarians are volunteers in charge of protecting and nurturing the Open Clipart collection. They welcome new users, organize requests and improve quality everyday. They are at the core of the daily life of the website. Learn more on the Librarians page.

Using Openclipart

How to save an SVG file on my Computer (Safari)?

At the bottom of the page on my Safari window, there is an option to change the file type to “Page Source”. Once changed, you will be able to save the files, using “Save As, Page Source”. You can also right-click on the SVG button on teh clipart page, and use "Save As".


Can I use cliparts for commercial uses?

We try to make it clear that you may use all clipart from Openclipart even for unlimited commercial use. We believe that giving away our images is a great way to share with the world our talents and that will come back around in a better form. That means you may use the clipart commercially, for education, for church, for school, for your job, or even to manufacture products globally.

May I Use Openclipart for?

We put together a small chart of as many possibilities and questions we have heard from people asking how they may use Openclipart. If you have an additional question, please email

All Clipart are Released into the Public Domain.

Each artist at Openclipart releases all rights to the images they share at Openclipart. The reason is so that there is no friction in using and sharing images authors make available at this website so that each artist might also receive the same benefit in using other artists clipart totally for any possible reason.

Need a Legal Disclaimer?

We use the Creative Commons Zero 1.0 Public Domain License every time an artist uploads a piece of clipart to Openclipart to make it clear the artist is releasing the creative work for anyone to use for any reason, even commercially. This act of "sharing" is the foundation Openclipart is based upon. Sometimes people want a disclaimer or legal assurance that our clipart is safe to be used. This extra security request often comes from people working for companies of all sizes and, or, publishers. If you need this type of document, please visit, save, download and, or print the following for your needs: Creative Commons Zero 1.0 License.

For contributors

Why is my clipart flagged as 'pd_issue' ?

Here "PD" stands for Public Domain. All artworks on Open Clipart are released in the Public Domain (see section below) and therefore should not contain any proprietary graphics. The pd_issue tag is added when there is a doubt on the provenance or the licensing of a source or an image that requires investigation.

Why is my clipart flagged as 'need review'?

Content uploaded by first-time users will be flagged as 'needing review' by a librarian. The review process allows us to welcome every new user on the website, and guide them through the process of creating and submitting cliparts. This is also a basic measure in the never-ending war against span and malicious uploads on the Interwebz.

Why is my account blocked? How can I unblock it?

Account for new users are blocked by default. Once your first clipart has been reviewed and accepted, your account will be unblocked. If you are not a new user, your account may have been blocked for recurrent issues with your cliparts - for instance licensing, spaming, etc. The comments section is the place where issues regarding a clipart are raised - and hopefully solved. Please don't hesitate to answer comments and raise questions, we will do our best to answer.