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Openclipart logo and wordmark.svg
The logo of Openclipart, a green pair of scissors
Type of site
Media repository
Created by Jon Phillips, Bryce Harrington
Commercial Yes
Registration Required (to post/upload)
Launched 2004
Current status Active
Content license
CC Zero 1.0
Unless noted, content is waived of all copyright and related or neighboring rights under this license.

Openclipart is a community and collection of vector clip art that is free content.[1] The project's slogan is, "Openclipart is the largest community of artists making the best free original clipart for you to use for absolutely any reason."[2]


The project started in early 2004 by Inkscape developers Jon Phillips and Bryce Harrington to collect designs of flags from all around the world, having been inspired by the efforts started by Christian Schaller (Uraeus) at the October 26, 2003[3][4] to create a collection of flags created by users of vector graphics software Sodipodi. It progressed very well and the project goals were extended to generic clipart.

In the early stages the Openclipart website lacked thumbnails and was hard to browse, so downloadable Openclipart packages were released. These included most of the clipart to date and were manually sorted into categories, a laborious process.[5] The Openclipart package version 2.0 was released in 2010, closely followed by the overhauled Openclipart 2.0 website. The Openclipart packages received only a few more incremental updates during 2010, mostly for seasonal clipart [6]

In 2010, an overhauled Openclipart 2.0 website made the use of downloadable packages redundant, as the site interface was greatly improved. The site introduced a change from the old ccHost software to the new AGPL-based Aiki Framework, a content management system made for Openclipart 2.0 that allowed anyone to browse and add to the Openclipart collection easily. Image thumbnails and improved search functions were key additions that made the Openclipart website more accessible. These features contributed to increased use of the site, which was soon receiving over 5,000 unique visitors and 50,000 page views daily. This release culminated the work of Jon Phillips, Andy Fitzsimon, Bassel Safadi, Michi, Ronaldo Barbachano, and Brad Phillips who assisted in the launch of the new system.[7][8]

The 3.0 website release incorporated a "favoriting" feature, allowing members to make note of their favorite clip art, and an image-editing option that makes the remixing of images significantly easier.

On April 15, 2013, Openclipart launched a new logo and updated website design using a "scissors" logo.[9]

On March 12, 2014, Openclipart announced that Inkpad, an open source drawing app for Apple iPad, released library integration so that the entire collection is available to artists.[10]


Examples of clip art from Openclipart

As of late August 2016, Openclipart displays the works of over 5,400 artists who have contributed over 108,000 SVG graphics.[11] The entire collection is available for free to download. All images are dedicated to the public domain by their contributors and are stored in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format, with thumbnails in Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format.

Packages and apps[edit]

  • Inkpad for iPad, with Openclipart Integration.[12]
  • The vector graphics editor Inkscape can import vector graphics online from Openclipart to your current workspace. (Note that for Inkscape on Windows you need the latest build (>=0.49)[13]
  • Microsoft Office app[14]
  • Google Docs Add-on[15]
  • LibreOffice extension[16]
  • iOS Clipart,[17] iOS PosterMaker[18]
  • Clipart Search, Openclipart for Android[19]
  • Clipart plugin[20] for WordPress
  • Clipart plugin[21] for Moodle
  • Linux distributions

Some Linux distributions, including Mandriva and Ubuntu, include many of the Openclipart collection releases, packaged as SVG, PNG or OpenDocument format files.[22] These distributions are based on the 2005 pre-ccHost release, since regular releases stopped after the switch to ccHost software. Openclipart 0.19, the first version released after switch, was released in March 2009. With the recent release of version 2.0 and updated packages, distributions have bugs filed in their respective bug trackers to begin packaging Openclipart once more.

Openclipart was included on the cover discs in Linux Format issues 123[23] and 132[24] as a package of browseable SVG's from the Openclipart collection.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jonathan Phillips (2005). "Introduction to the open clip art library". Retrieved 2014-12-08. [dead link]
  2. ^ "About Openclipart". 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Show us your flag!". Archived from the original on May 13, 2004. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  4. ^ "Join the SVG Flag revolution!". Christian Schaller. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  5. ^ "Case Studies/Open clip art library". Creative Commons. Creative Commons. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Openclipart Downloads". Openclipart. Openclipart. Archived from the original on 2011-04-02. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Open Clip Art Library 2.0 is Here!". Fabricatorz. Archived from the original on 2012-09-21. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Open Clip Art Library 2.0 is Here!". 2010-03-08. Archived from the original on July 3, 2013. Retrieved 2014-12-08. 
  9. ^ "We are a design & technology company". Fabricatorz. 2013-04-14. Archived from the original on May 18, 2013. Retrieved 2014-12-08. 
  10. ^ "Draw with Openclipart on your Ipad". Openclipart. Archived from the original on May 18, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  11. ^ Openclipart (2016). "Openclipart Statistics". Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  12. ^ "Inkpad iOS App". 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  13. ^ Inkscape latest build with Import OCAL support
  14. ^ Microsoft Office app
  15. ^ Google Docs Add-on
  16. ^ LibreOffice integration
  17. ^ Clipart
  18. ^ PosterMaker
  19. ^ Free Clip Art - Android Apps on Google Play
  20. ^ Clipart plugin
  21. ^ Moodle plugin that allows the user to search and import clipart
  22. ^ Ubuntu openclipart Packages
  23. ^ Linux Format Issue 123
  24. ^ Linux Format Issue 132

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