How to convert a circle to a path?

For example, when I save an SVG from illustrator and view the code, I see a <circle> element, for example,

<circle cx="131.6" cy="292.3" r="311.7" />

but I’d like for it to be a <path> element, not a <circle> element.

How can I change it to be a path element?

Answer

One solution: In Illustrator, select your circle and choose Object > Compound Path > Make.

Here is a quick test using an Illustrator circle shape, duplicated, the first with no modifications and the second with compound path applied:

<circle class="cls-1" cx="466.5" cy="184.5" r="117.5"/>
<path class="cls-1" d="M320,190.5A121.5,121.5,0,1,1,198.5,69,121.5,121.5,0,0,1,320,190.5Z" transform="translate(-77 -69)"/>

Note: You can revert back to a basic shape by choosing Object > Compound Path > Release.


A test case:

Before applying compound path:

<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 612 157.41935">
  <defs>
    <style>
      .a {
        fill: #ed2024;
      }

      .b {
        fill: none;
        stroke: #ed2024;
        stroke-miterlimit: 10;
        stroke-width: 40px;
      }
    </style>
  </defs>
  <title>before</title>
  <rect class="a" width="100" height="100"/>
  <rect class="a" x="127.54853" width="100" height="100" rx="12" ry="12"/>
  <circle class="a" cx="305.09706" cy="50" r="50"/>
  <polygon class="a" points="482.646 50 457.646 93.301 407.646 93.301 382.646 50 407.646 6.699 457.646 6.699 482.646 50"/>
  <polygon class="a" points="560.194 12.169 592.212 0.8 591.278 34.721 612 61.615 579.405 71.209 560.194 99.2 540.983 71.209 508.388 61.615 529.111 34.721 528.176 0.8 560.194 12.169"/>
  <line class="b" y1="137.41935" x2="612" y2="137.41935"/>
</svg>

After applying compound path to each individual shape:

<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 612 157.41935">
  <defs>
    <style>
      .a {
        fill: #ed2024;
      }

      .b {
        fill: none;
        stroke: #ed2024;
        stroke-miterlimit: 10;
        stroke-width: 40px;
      }
    </style>
  </defs>
  <title>after</title>
  <path class="a" d="M100,100H0V0H100Z"/>
  <path class="a" d="M215.54853,100h-76a12.03528,12.03528,0,0,1-12-12V12a12.03528,12.03528,0,0,1,12-12h76a12.03528,12.03528,0,0,1,12,12V88A12.03528,12.03528,0,0,1,215.54853,100Z"/>
  <path class="a" d="M355.09706,50a50,50,0,1,1-50-50A50,50,0,0,1,355.09706,50Z"/>
  <path class="a" d="M482.6456,50l-25,43.30127h-50L382.6456,50l25-43.30127h50Z"/>
  <path class="a" d="M560.19413,12.16931,592.21192.8l-.93427,33.92058L612,61.61455l-32.5952,9.59476L560.19413,99.2,540.98346,71.20931l-32.5952-9.59476,20.72235-26.894L528.17634.8Z"/>
  <path class="b" d="M0,137.41935H612"/>
</svg>

The above, rendered, svg files can be found here.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Anastasia Vedernikova , Answer Author : mhulse

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