Can I use SVG in CSS backgrounds?

Compatibility table for support of SVG in CSS backgrounds in desktop and mobile browsers.

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SVG in CSS backgrounds

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Method of using SVG images as CSS backgrounds

IE

  1. 5.5
  2. 6
  3. 7
  4. 8
  5. 9
  6. 10
  7. 11

Firefox

  1. 2
  2. 3
  3. 3.5
  4. 3.6
  5. 4
  6. 5
  7. 6
  8. 7
  9. 8
  10. 9
  11. 10
  12. 11
  13. 12
  14. 13
  15. 14
  16. 15
  17. 16
  18. 17
  19. 18
  20. 19
  21. 20
  22. 21
  23. 22
  24. 23
  25. 24
  26. 25
  27. 26
  28. 27
  29. 28
  30. 29
  31. 30
  32. 31
  33. 32
  34. 33
  35. 34
  36. 35
  37. 36

Chrome

  1. 4
  2. 5
  3. 6
  4. 7
  5. 8
  6. 9
  7. 10
  8. 11
  9. 12
  10. 13
  11. 14
  12. 15
  13. 16
  14. 17
  15. 18
  16. 19
  17. 20
  18. 21
  19. 22
  20. 23
  21. 24
  22. 25
  23. 26
  24. 27
  25. 28
  26. 29
  27. 30
  28. 31
  29. 32
  30. 33
  31. 34
  32. 35
  33. 36
  34. 37
  35. 38
  36. 39
  37. 40
  38. 41

Safari

  1. 3.1
  2. 3.2
  3. 4
  4. 5
  5. 5.1
  6. 6
  7. 6.1
  8. 7
  9. 7.1
  10. 8

Opera

  1. 9
  2. 9.5-9.6
  3. 10.0-10.1
  4. 10.5
  5. 10.6
  6. 11
  7. 11.1
  8. 11.5
  9. 11.6
  10. 12
  11. 12.1
  12. 15
  13. 16
  14. 17
  15. 18
  16. 19
  17. 20
  18. 21
  19. 22
  20. 23
  21. 24
  22. 25
  23. 26
  24. 27

iOS Safari

  1. 3.2
  2. 4.0-4.1
  3. 4.2-4.3
  4. 5.0-5.1
  5. 6.0-6.1
  6. 7.0-7.1
  7. 8
  8. 8.1

Opera Mini

  1. 5.0-8.0

Android Browser

  1. 2.1
  2. 2.2
  3. 2.3
  4. 3
  5. 4
  6. 4.1
  7. 4.2-4.3
  8. 4.4
  9. 4.4.3-4.4.4
  10. 37

Blackberry Browser

  1. 7
  2. 10

Opera Mobile

  1. 10
  2. 11
  3. 11.1
  4. 11.5
  5. 12
  6. 12.1
  7. 24

Chrome for Android

  1. 38

Firefox for Android

  1. 32

IE Mobile

  1. 10

UC Browser for Android

  1. 9.9

Partial support in older Firefox and Opera Mini/Mobile refers to SVG images being blurry when scaled. Partial support in iOS Safari and older Safari versions refers to failing to support tiling or the background-position property.

Resources:
Tutorial for advanced effects

*Global usage share statistics based on data from StatCounter GlobalStats for October, 2014. See the browser usage table for usage by browser version.