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Allows to animate parts of a React components programmatically, without bypassing React internals and without altering the DOM directly.

It works by interpolating intermediate styles values and applying them to special state keys containing the styles, on each animation frame using requestAnimationFrame.

Multiples animations can be run concurrently since each animation is identified by a name. Different names target different animations.


Fully embracing ES6 classes, react-animate allows you to extend a React.Component and add new methods without collision using ES6 Symbol. Such an extended class can be created by using Animate.extend(Component). The new methods are accessible using either method call delegation or Symbol dereferencing:

// or equivalently, ...);

The extended component gets three new methods: Animate['@animate'], Animate['@getAnimatedStyle'], and Animate['@abortAnimation'] (the latter being of limited use under normal circomstances - because Animate takes care of aborting running animations before unmounting - but can prove useful sometimes to actually interrupt a running animation).

Trigger an animation with animate, and inject the associated style in the render function using getAnimatedStyle:

Animate.extend(class MyComponent extends React.Component {
  fadeIn() {
    // syntax using call delegation,
      'my-custom-animation', // animation name
      { opacity: 0 }, // initial style
      { opacity: 1 }, // final style
      1000, // animation duration (in ms)
      { easing: 'linear' } // other options
    // alternate syntax using Symbol
      'my-custom-animation', // animation name
      { opacity: 0 }, // initial style
      { opacity: 1 }, // final style
      1000, // animation duration (in ms)
      { easing: 'linear' } // other options

  render() {
    return <div>
      <button onClick={this.fadeIn}>Click to fade in</button>
      <div style={, 'my-custom-animation')}>
        This text will appear soon after the click.

This module is written in ES6/7. You will need babel to run it.


animate(name, initialStyle, finalStyle, duration, opts)

Start an animation. Returns this for chaining.

  • name can be any string. If you restart an animation with the same name, the previous animation with the same name will be cancelled and replaced by this one.

  • initialProperties and finalProperties are styles hashes, like the ones used by React, eg. { fontSize: '12px' } means font-size: 12px when translated to CSS by React. If a property is specified in one of the hashed by not the other, it is assumed to remain constant over the duration of the animation.

  • duration is a number of milliseconds representing the total duration of the animation.

  • options is an optional hash of optionals parameters :

    • easing: the easing of the animation timing. Can be either a string or a { type, arguments } object. In both case, it uses d3 under the hood, refer to their docs. Defaults to cubic-in-out.

    • onTick, onAbort, onComplete: optional callbacks functions that will be invoked respectively on each tick, on animation abort, or on animation complete. They will be called with (currentStyle, progress, easedProgress). Defaults to no-op.

    • disableMobileHA: flag to prevent the heuristic addition of dummy properties to attempt to force hardware acceleration on mobiles. Defaults to false.


Get the current value of the animated style. You can call it from render() and pass it directly as the style prop of a React DOM element such as <div>. If no animation with this name exists, it will fail silently and return an empty hash ({}).


Abort the animation with the given name, if it exists. Returns true if an animation with this name existed. Returns false otherwise.

Note that you don't have to call this function in componentWillUnmount. react-animate will take care of that for you.