Top 7 Popular React Animation Libraries

React is a JavaScript library that lets you develop a top UI for both web and mobile applications. It conveniently integrates with other JavaScript frameworks and libraries and includes small, reusable bits of code called the components.

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At TWT, we love React and always tries to tinker around this amazing JavaScript library. In this article, we’ll go over top 7 popular react animation libraries to use in your next big project.

React Spring

React Spring

React Spring is a spring-physics based animation library that should cover most of your UI related animation needs. It gives you tools flexible enough to confidently cast your ideas into moving interfaces.
React Spring is cross platform, it supports the web, react-native, react-native-web and practically any other platform. To install this awesome library in your project, simply run:

yarn add react-spring

React Reveal

React Reveal

React Reveal is MIT licensed, supports server side rendering, has excellent cross browser support, won’t mess your SEO, compatible with react transition group and has a tiny footprint in the application JS bundle ( doesn’t require any CSS files either ). In order to start using it have a look at the documentation or simply install using NPM likeso,

npm install react-reveal --save

Framer Motion

Framer Motion

Framer Motion is a production-ready react motion library. Framer provides helpers for advanced physics-based animation, complex touch-based gestures and common components for scrolling, paging and interface flows. It’s designed to allow beginners to explore digital product ideas without boundaries. It builds on the following technologies.

You can install this awesome library in your project using NPM or checkout the API Documentation for it.

npm install framer-motion

React Transition Group

React Transition Group exposes simple components useful for defining entering and exiting transitions. React Transition Group is not an animation library like React-Motion, it does not animate styles by itself. Instead it exposes transition stages, manages classes and group elements and manipulates the DOM in useful ways, making the implementation of actual visual transitions much easier.

To get started with this library, install it using NPM or yarn:

npm install react-transition-group --save

yarn add react-transition-group

React GSAP

React GSAP

React GSAP lets you use the GreenSock Animation Platform (GSAP) in React in a fully declarative way. It abstracts away the direct use of the GSAP Tween and Timeline functions. If you need the full control it’s possible by getting low level access to the underlying objects. In addition to that it ships some GSAP Plugins and useful helper components. It’s built with TypeScript and ships the types directly in the package.

To install this powerful library, simply run:

npm install gasp

React Motion

React Motion

React Motion is yet another powerful animation library for reactJS on TWT list. To install this library using NPM:

npm install --save react-motion

React Tweenful

React Tweenful

React Tweenful is the last animation library on our list. It’s a relatively new library but with a lot of useful features, including loop & events support, negative delay support, and introduces tweenful components for animating DOM nodes. To install this library using NPM:

npm install react-tweenful

Conclusion

All these libraries have their use-cases and advantages over another varying on the requirement of the project. Let us know which library have you tried so far in the comment section below.

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