Top 12 most promising libraries for UI animations in 2019

One of the most important things that make an app stand out from the crowd is well-designed and smooth animations. The purpose of UI animations is to help users understand the product in a more interactive way.

In this article you will find the 12 best animation libraries for UI animations that I like to use.

AnimeJS

Url: https://github.com/juliangarnier/anime

A lightweight JavaScript animation library. It works with any CSS Properties, individual CSS transforms, SVG or any DOM attributes, and JavaScript Objects.

Three JS

Url: https://github.com/mrdoob/three.js

The aim of the project is to create an easy to use, lightweight, 3D library. The library provides Canvas 2D, SVG, CSS3D and WebGL renderers.

Animate.css

Url: https://github.com/daneden/animate.css

This is a cross-browser CSS library which is only 75.9kb. It contains a bunch of cool, fun, and cross-browser animations for you to use in your projects.

Particles JS

Url: https://github.com/VincentGarreau/particles.js

A lightweight JavaScript library for creating particles.

CSShake

Url: https://github.com/elrumordelaluz/csshake

This is another cross-browser CSS library that can be used to apply a shake animation to any web element. It can be useful for things like forms and buttons.

Velocity.js

Url: https://github.com/julianshapiro/velocity

An animation engine with a similar API to jQuery’s $.animate(). It has no dependencies, but will happily extend jQuery, Zepto, and even the native DOM. It’s incredibly fast, and it features color animation, transforms, loops, easings, SVG support, and scrolling. Companies such as WhatsApp, Tumblr, Windows, Samsung, Uber, and thousands of other companies rely on Velocity.

Bounce.js

Url: https://github.com/tictail/bounce.js

This is a tool and JS library for generating beautiful CSS3 powered keyframe animations. The tool on bouncejs.com allows you to generate static keyframes that can be used without any extra JavaScript, but if you’d like your application to generate these on the fly, you can use the Bounce.js library.

ScrollReveal JS

Url: https://github.com/scrollreveal/scrollreveal

ScrollReveal is a JavaScript library for easily animating elements as they enter/leave the viewport. It was designed to be robust and flexible, but hopefully you’ll be surprised below at how easy it is to pick up.

Mo JS

Url: https://github.com/legomushroom/mojs

Motion graphics toolbelt for the web

Magic Animations

Url: https://www.minimamente.com/example/magic_animations

CSS3 Animations with special effects.

GSAP

Url: https://greensock.com/gsap

A JavaScript library for creating high-performance animations that work in every major browser. No other library delivers such advanced sequencing, reliability, API efficiency, and tight control while solving real-world problems on over 4 million sites. GSAP works around countless browser inconsistencies; your animations ‘just work’. CSS properties, SVG, canvas libraries, custom properties of generic objects, colors, strings…animate anything! At its core, GSAP is a high-speed property manipulator, updating values over time with extreme accuracy. It’s up to 20x faster than jQuery!

Popmotion JS

Url: https://github.com/Popmotion/popmotion

Simple animation library for delightful UI animations.

 

Wrapping it up

There you have it. The top 12 CSS and Javascript libraries for creating beautiful UI animations. If you used any of them or have any suggestions please leave a comment below.

Andy

Front-end Engineer & Designer based in Dublin currently working @IBM.
I write about: Javascript, HTML, CSS, React JS, React Native and UI/UX Design.

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