SVG in Media Library Polluting Log Files with Errors

Storing SVGs in the Sitecore Media Library is pretty simple, just add a new mediatype in config. This has been well documented and there are several posts as well as Stackoverflow/forum answers for this. e.g.

And this works fine and everything renders great, but whilst trying to sort out some servers issues and trawling through the Sitecore logs I noticed it was littered with Errors like so:

5920 15:34:49 ERROR Could not run the 'getMediaStream' pipeline for '/sitecore/media library/github-logo-01'. Original media data will be used.
Exception: System.ArgumentException
Message: Parameter is not valid.
Source: System.Drawing
   at System.Drawing.Bitmap..ctor(Stream stream)
   at Sitecore.Resources.Media.ImageEffectsResize.ResizeImageStream(Stream inputStream, TransformationOptions options, ImageFormat outputFormat)
   at Sitecore.Resources.Media.ImageThumbnailGenerator.GetStream(MediaData mediaData, TransformationOptions options)
   at Sitecore.Resources.Media.MediaData.GetThumbnailStream(TransformationOptions options)
   at Sitecore.Resources.Media.ThumbnailProcessor.Process(GetMediaStreamPipelineArgs args)
   at (Object , Object[] )
   at Sitecore.Pipelines.CorePipeline.Run(PipelineArgs args)
   at Sitecore.Resources.Media.Media.GetStreamFromPipeline(MediaOptions options, Boolean& canBeCached)

The image that was being referred to was a valid image but I noticed that it was an SVG, and I knew we had done some modifications for this. Having looked through the MediaRequestHandler then the getMediaStream pipeline the error was definitely coming from there. After a little digging around it seems the error only occurred when browsing the media library through the Content Editor. When selected the media item displays a little icon and thumbnail so the error seemed related to that.

The ResizeProcessor processor in getMediaStream includes the following line of code:

if (!args.MediaData.MimeType.StartsWith("image/", StringComparison.Ordinal))

// do some image processing!

Yup, our mime type for SVG falls into this category so it’s obviously trying to be helpful and process the image for us. Unfortunately SVG is not a regular image.

Simple fix, let’s add another processor to check if the getMediaStream pipeline is running for SVG images, and if so abort so none of the other processors run:

using System;
using Sitecore.Diagnostics;
using Sitecore.Resources.Media;

namespace Sitecore.Custom.Pipelines.getMediaStream
    public class SvgProcessor
        public void Process(GetMediaStreamPipelineArgs args)
            Assert.ArgumentNotNull((object)args, "args");
            if (args.MediaData.MimeType.Equals("image/svg+xml", StringComparison.Ordinal))

And let’s patch it in:

    <processor type="Sitecore.Custom.Pipelines.GetMediaStream.SvgProcessor, Sitecore.Custom" patch:before="*[1]" />

Simple, and cleaner log files… Hardly worth a post, but PSA. Anyhoo, now back to track down the bug I was originally looking for… :/



  1. Sean Holmesby (@seanholmesby) · November 18, 2015

    We’ve once wrote a custom processor that’ll actually do the resize for the SVG file.
    This works a bit differently than other image resizing, but if you want to see the thumbnails for the SVG files, it works.
    But that’s not always required for clients….so this solution is a lot simpler.
    Nice one.

    • jammykam · November 19, 2015

      Thanks Sean. In Sitecore 8 at least, the Content Editor handles all the thumbnails fine and an “ tag is correctly output. I didn’t think SVG required resizing though, since it is a vector file it should scale for any size? Maybe the processor was to do with browser support?

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