Fortune Ikechi Fortune Ikechi is a frontend engineer based in Rivers State, Nigeria. He is a student of the University of Port Harcourt. He is passionate about community and software engineering processes.

Comparing the best React animation libraries for 2023

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Comparing The Best React Animation Libraries

Editor’s note: This article was updated on 20 July 2023 to remove outdated React animation libraries and add more updated popular libraries, such as Anime.js and GreenSock.

For a React frontend developer, implementing animations on webpages is an integral part of your daily work, from animating text or images to complex 3D animations. Animation can help improve the overall user experience of a React application.

In this article, we’ll compare the top eight React animation libraries and evaluate each for popularity, developer experience, readability, documentation, and bundle size to help you choose the right library for your next React project.

Jump ahead:

React Spring

React Spring is a modern animation library that is based on spring physics. It’s highly flexible and covers most animations needed for a user interface. Drawing inspiration from React Motion, React Spring inherits ease of use, while also borrowing some powerful performance attributes from React-Animated-CSS.

To see React Spring in action, install the library by using one of the commands below:

npm i @react-spring/web
yarn add @react-spring/web

Next, add the code below to create an animated Hello React Spring text:

import { useSpring, animated } from "@react-spring/web";
import { useState } from "react";
function ReactSpring() {
  // State to keep track of the animation toggle
  const [state, toggle] = useState(true);
  // Define the animation using the useSpring hook
  const { x } = useSpring({
    from: { x: 0 }, // Starting value of the animated property
    x: state ? 1 : 0, // Ending value of the animated property based on the state
    config: { duration: 1000 }, // Configuration for the animation, specifying the duration
  // Return the animated component
  return (
    <div onClick={() => toggle(!state)}>
          opacity:{ range: [0, 1], output: [0.3, 1] }),
          transform: x
              range: [0, 0.25, 0.35, 0.45, 0.55, 0.65, 0.75, 1],
              output: [1, 0.97, 0.9, 1.1, 0.9, 1.1, 1.03, 1],
            .to((x) => `scale(${x})`),
        Hello React Spring
export default ReactSpring;

When you click on the div, the above code animates both the opacity and scale of the contents. To understand better, let’s break it down step by step.

Within our component, state is used to toggle the animation. When the div is clicked, the toggle function is called, changing state from true to false, or vice versa. This triggers the animation due to the change in the x value provided to the useSpring Hook.

The useSpring Hook is used to define the animation:

  • from: Defines the starting values of the animated properties. In this case, we are animating the x property, starting from 0
  • x: This is the property that will be animated. It is dependent on the state variable, so when state is true, x will be 1, and when state is false, x will be 0
  • config: Specifies the configuration for the animation. In this example, the animation will have a duration of 1000ms

The animated.div component is used to wrap the contents that we want to animate. It uses the animated wrapper from React Spring, allowing it to animate the styles applied to it. The animation itself is controlled by the style prop of the animated.div component. The style object is defined using the x value obtained from the useSpring Hook.

Two CSS properties are animated in this example:

  • opacity: The opacity of the content is interpolated from 0.3 to 1 based on the x value
  • transform: The scale of the content is interpolated based on the x value. The function maps specific input ranges to corresponding output values, effectively defining how the scale changes during the animation

React Spring pros

  • Ease of use: React Spring has a straightforward API and integrates well with React components using hooks and functional components
  • Performance: Physics-based animation creates smooth animations with high frame rate
  • Interpolation: Supports interpolation, which allows us to smoothly transition values between different states
  • Popularity: 26.1k stars on GitHub and 762k weekly downloads on npm. Used by companies and startups such as Aragon, CodeSandbox, Next.js, and many others
  • Documentation and support: Well-documented with examples, and available to support the community via GitHub, Twitter, and Discord

React Spring cons

  • Bundle size: Physics-based animations, complex transitions, and a more extensive feature set makes it not so lightweight when compared with other animation libraries
  • Physics-based approach: While the physics-based approach is a strength, it may not be suitable for every animation. Some animations might require precise control, which could be challenging to achieve with spring physics alone
  • Not suitable for all projects: Considering the extensive list of features and bundle size, it might be overkill for projects that require basic animations

Framer Motion

Framer Motion is a popular React animation library that makes creating animations easy. It boasts a simplified API that abstracts the complexities behind animations and allows developers to create animations with ease. Even better, it has support for server-side rendering, gestures, and CSS variables.

To install Framer Motion, run one of the following two commands in your terminal:

yarn add framer-motion
npm install framer-motion

Next, add the following code block to add cool yet simple animation to a square-shaped element:

import { useState } from "react";
import { motion } from "framer-motion";
import "./framer-motion.css"; // Import any CSS file if required
function FramerMotion() {
  // State to keep track of the animation toggle
  const [isActive, setIsActive] = useState(false);
  // Return the animated component
  return (
      onClick={() => setIsActive(!isActive)} // Toggle the 'isActive' state on click
        rotate: isActive ? [0, 90, 180, 270] : [270, 180, 90, 0], // Rotate the element based on 'isActive' state
        borderRadius: isActive ? [0, 20, 50] : [50, 20, 0], // Change border radius based on 'isActive' state
export default FramerMotion;

When you click on the div, the above code toggles the animation, rotating it in a circular motion and changing its border radius, creating a smooth and visually appealing effect.

Within our component, isActive is used to toggle the animation. When the div is clicked, the onClick event handler is called, which toggles the value of isActive between true and false. The animation is controlled using the animate prop of the motion.div component from Framer Motion. The animate prop takes an object with properties that describe the animations to be applied to the element.

Then, the rotate property animates the rotation of the element. When isActive is true, the element will rotate from zero degrees to 90 degrees, then to 180 degrees, and finally to 270 degrees. When isActive is false, the element will rotate in the reverse order, from 270 degrees to 180 degrees, then to 90 degrees, and finally back to zero degrees.

The borderRadius property animates the border radius of the element. When isActive is true, the border radius will change from zero to 20 and then to 50. When isActive is false, the border radius will change in the reverse order, from 50 to 20 and finally back to zero.

Framer Motion pros

  • Ease of use: Framer Motion has a developer-friendly API and comes with declarative syntax making it simple to define animations
  • Performance: Hardware-accelerated animations resulting in smooth animations even on less powerful devices
  • Rich animation features: The library offers a wide range of animations, including basic animations (e.g., opacity, scale) and more advanced ones like physics-based animations and keyframes
  • Accessibility: The library aims to be accessible by default. It takes into consideration factors like reducedMotion, which can scale down or entirely disable motion, making the experience more accessible for users who may be sensitive to motion
  • Bundle size: Uses LazyMotion to reduce bundle size by synchronously or asynchronously loading some, or all, of the motion component’s features
  • Popularity: 19.6k stars on GitHub and 2.2m weekly downloads on npm
  • Documentation and support: Well-documented with examples and available to support the community via GitHub, Twitter, and Discord

Framer Motion cons

  • Not ideal for all projects: For basic animations, using a lightweight animation library might be more suitable, as Framer Motion could be overkill in such cases
  • Limited browser support: Some older browsers may not fully support the latest features and APIs used by Framer Motion

React Transition Group

React Transition Group is a library that provides a set of components to help manage the animation of elements when they are added to or removed from the React component tree. It is commonly used in combination with React for creating smooth and seamless transitions for elements as they enter or exit the DOM.

To install the library, run one of the following commands in your terminal:

npm i react-transition-group
yarn add react-transition-group

Next, add this code block to create a basic fade animation using React Transition Group:

import { useState } from "react";
import { Transition } from "react-transition-group";
function ReactTransitionGroup() {
  const [show, setShow] = useState(true);
  const handleToggle = () => {
  const duration = 300; // Animation duration in milliseconds
  // Custom styles for the enter animation
  const transitionStylesEnter = {
    entering: { opacity: 0 },
    entered: { opacity: 1 },
  // Custom styles for the exit animation
  const transitionStylesExit = {
    exiting: { opacity: 1 },
    exited: { opacity: 0 },
  return (
      <button onClick={handleToggle}>Toggle Fade</button>
      <Transition in={show} timeout={duration}>
        {(state) => (
              transition: `opacity ${duration}ms`, // Apply the custom animation duration
            Hello, this is a fade animation!
export default ReactTransitionGroup;

When you click the "Toggle Fade" button, the element will fade in or fade out smoothly, depending on the current value of the show state. The Transition component handles the custom animation logic using the provided styles and lifecycle hooks. To better understand, let’s break it down step by step:

Within our component, we define show to control the visibility of the fading element. The handleToggle function toggles the show state when the "Toggle Fade" button is clicked. Then, we set the duration variable to control the animation duration for both enter and exit transitions. In this example, the duration is set to 300 milliseconds.

Next, we define two objects, transitionStylesEnter and transitionStylesExit, to specify the custom styles for the enter and exit animations, respectively. These styles are applied based on the current state of the transition using the state argument provided by the render prop function inside the Transition component.

Inside the return statement, we use the Transition component from React Transition Group. The Transition component takes two main props: in and timeout. The in props is a Boolean value that determines whether the element should be shown or hidden. In this case, it depends on the value of the show state. Meanwhile, the timeout prop displays the duration of the animation in milliseconds. In this example, we set it to the value of the duration variable (300 milliseconds).

The Transition component uses a render prop pattern, where the child function receives the current state of the transition as an argument. The state value can be one of the following strings: "entering", "entered", "exiting", or "exited". These states represent the different stages of the enter and exit transitions. Then, inside the render prop function, we render the fading element (<div className="fade-element">) with inline styles.

The state argument is used to apply the corresponding custom styles that we defined earlier for the enter and exit animations. Finally, the transition property is set to apply the custom animation duration for the opacity transition.

React Transition Group pros

  • Flexible animation management: React Transition Group offers a versatile set of components and lifecycle hooks to manage animations during the mounting, unmounting, and state changes of components. It allows for more granular control over animations compared to CSS transitions alone
  • CSS transition support: The library works seamlessly with CSS transitions. It enables you to apply CSS classes at specific stages of the animation lifecycle, allowing you to leverage existing CSS animations and transitions
  • Small bundle size: React Transition Group is designed with a focus on lightweight transitions. It generally has a smaller bundle size compared to more comprehensive animation libraries
  • Popularity: 9.9k stars on GitHub and 13M weekly downloads on npm

React Transition Group cons

  • Learning curve: The API can be complex, especially for developers new to animation or those who are not yet familiar with React’s lifecycle methods
  • Limited use case: The library is more appropriate for projects that primarily involve transitions during mounting, unmounting, and state changes
  • Documentation: The docs are not very beginner-friendly, as they are just plain text with no demos

React Transition Group also comes with support for TypeScript, which can be installed using the command: npm i @types/react-transition-group.

React Move

React Move is a library designed for creating beautiful and data-driven animations by leveraging the animation capabilities of D3.js. It was designed to support TypeScript out of the box and also supports custom tweening functions.

Tweening is short for “inbetweening,” the process of generating images for frame-by-frame animation between keyframes. React Move also features lifecycle events in its transitions, as well as allowing developers to pass on custom tweens in their animations. To install React Move, run one of the following two commands in your terminal:

npm install react-move
yarn add react-move

Next, add this code block to create animated bars using React Move:

import { useState, useEffect } from "react";
import { Animate } from "react-move";
import "./AnimatedBars.css"; // Import the CSS file with the styles
// Define an array of colors for the bars
const colors = ["#236997", "#52aaeb", "#a75e07", "#f4a22d", "#f95b3aff"];
// Define an array of data values for the bars' heights
const data = [10, 26, 18, 14, 32];
function AnimatedBars() {
  // Initialize the state for the index of the data array
  const [index, setIndex] = useState(0);
  // Use the useEffect hook to set up the interval for updating the index
  useEffect(() => {
    // Set an interval to update the index every 2 seconds (2000 milliseconds)
    const intervalId = setInterval(() => {
      setIndex((prevIndex) => (prevIndex + 1) % data.length);
    }, 2000);
    // Clean up the interval when the component unmounts
    return () => {
  }, []);
  // Render the animated bars using react-move
  return (
    <div className="App">
      {/* Create an SVG element to draw the bars */}
      <svg version="1.1" viewBox="0 0 240 135" width="100vw">
        {/* Group the bars under a 'g' element */}
          {/* Loop through the data array to create animated bars */}
          {, i) => (
            // Use the Animate component to animate the bars' heights
              start={{ height: 0 }} // Initial state of the animation (height starts from 0)
              enter={{ height: [value], timing: { duration: 500 } }} // Target state when a new data value is added
                height: [data[(i + index) % data.length]], // Target state when the index state changes
                timing: { duration: 500 },
              {/* Render a rect element for each bar */}
              {(state) => (
                  x={60 + 30 * i} // X position of the bar
                  y={115 - state.height} // Y position of the bar (height changes based on state)
                  width={24} // Width of the bar
                  height={state.height} // Height of the bar (changes based on state)
                  fill={colors[i % colors.length]} // Fill color of the bar (based on the colors array)
export default AnimatedBars;

The code above renders a set of animated bars using the React Move library with changing height and color every two seconds. To understand better, let’s break it down.

First, we define an array of colors and data to be used to style the bars and determine their heights. Meanwhile, the index state variable will be used to update the bars. Then, the useEffect() Hook sets up an interval to update the index state every two seconds. This will trigger the animation and update the bars based on the data array.

To render the animated bars, we group the bars using a <g> element inside the <svg> element. Then, we loop through the data array and create an Animate component for each value. For each Animate component, we specify the start, enter, and update configurations for the animation:

  • start: The initial state of the animation. The height starts from zero
  • enter: The target state of the animation when a new data value is added. The height is set to the corresponding value from the data array
  • update: The target state of the animation when the index state changes. Height is updated to the corresponding value from the data array using the index state

Then, inside the Animate component, we define the animation and render a <rect> element for each data value:

  • <rect> elements represent the bars
  • x, y, width, and fill attributes are set to style each bar based on its index and data value

React Move pros

  • D3-based animation engine: React move uses D3.js, a widely used JavaScript library for data visualization, to handle animations. D3.js provides a rich set of features for animating elements, including transitions, interpolations, and easing functions, which allows React Move to offer a rich set of animations
  • Support for SVG and DOM elements: Capable of animating both SVG elements and DOM elements
  • Flexibility: Offers a wide range of animation options, including positional animations, color transitions, and more. It allows you to create complex animations with ease
  • Popularity: 6.6k stars on GitHub and 88.6K weekly downloads on npm

React Move cons

  • Learning curve: If new to animations or React, the learning curve might be steep. Understanding how to define animations with the correct syntax and usage can take some time
  • Animation complexity: Creating complex animations may require a deep understanding of the library’s features and can lead to more complex code
  • Bundle size: Not so lightweight when compared to other animation libraries like Framer Motion
  • Documentation: Not very beginner-friendly, and has very limited examples
  • Community support: No Discord channel or Twitter presence


The Remotion React library was created in 2021 to create animations using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. With Remotion, you can create videos as well as play and review them on your browser while using React components and compositions.

Remotion also allows developers to scale video animation and production using server-side rendering and parametrization. Parametrization is the process of finding equations of curves and surfaces using equations, which can be very useful in creating meshes for videos. You can initialize a new Remotion video by running either of the commands below in your terminal:

npm init video
yarn create video

A video is a function of images over time. If you change content every frame, you’ll end up with an animation. To create one using Remotion, add the following lines of code:

import { useVideoConfig } from "remotion";

export const MyVideo = () => {
  const { fps, durationInFrames, width, height } = useVideoConfig();
  const opacity =frame >= 30 ? 1 : frame / 30; 

  return (
        flex: 1,
        textAlign: "center",
        fontSize: "9em",
        opacity: opacity,
      This {width}px x {height}px video is {durationInFrames / fps} seconds long.

In the code above, we added animation properties using opacity. We also added a video animation using the useVideoConfig() Hook. When creating a video animation, we’d need the width, height, durationInFrames, and fps parameters in Remotion. You can read more about them here.

Remotion pros

  • Programmatic video creation: Programmatically generating video frames with React components provides more control and flexibility over video content creation
  • Customization: With the power of React and CSS, Remotion allows for complex animations and visual effects, enabling developers to create engaging video content
  • Popularity: 16.6k stars on GitHub and 14.7K weekly downloads on npm
  • Documentation: Well-documented with examples
  • Community support: Available via GitHub, Twitter, and Discord

Remotion cons

  • Learning curve: Introduces video-specific concepts and APIs, which may require developers to learn new paradigms
  • Performance considerations: Generating video frames programmatically can be resource-intensive, and careful optimization is necessary to maintain smooth playback
  • Browser support: Video codecs and features used in Remotion may not be fully supported in all browsers, potentially limiting the cross-browser compatibility
  • Video editing limitations: While Remotion excels at programmatically creating video content, it may not provide the same level of advanced video editing features found in video editing softwares

React Reveal

React Reveal is a high-performance and easy-to-use library for adding animations to React applications. Unlike most animation libraries, React Reveal only reveals animations and effects if you scroll down to the animated element, not during load time. This improves page speed by allowing animation components to be lazy-loaded.

It’s also important to note that React Reveal supports higher order components for some of its features. You can install React Reveal with the command below:

npm install react-reveal

To create a cool yet simple animation, add the following lines of code:

import { Bounce, Slide } from "react-reveal";
import Shake from "react-reveal/Shake";
import RubberBand from "react-reveal/RubberBand";
function ReactReveal() {
  return (
      <Bounce left>
      <Slide left>
export default ReactReveal;

In the code block above, we easily added various animations to elements, providing a visually appealing user experience.

React Reveal pros

  • Ease of use: Provides a straightforward and easy-to-use API for adding animations to React components. Developers can quickly apply animations without writing complex CSS or JavaScript code
  • Built-in animations: Offers a wide range of built-in animations, such as fade, slide, zoom, rotate, shake, bounce, and more. These animations can be easily applied with minimal effort
  • Performance: Designed to be performant, and it includes features like lazy loading and smooth animations to ensure a smooth user experience
  • Popularity: 2.7k stars on GitHub and 48.9K weekly downloads on npm
  • Documentation: Well-documented for beginners

React Reveal cons

  • Browser support: Certain animations may not work perfectly in older browsers or may require polyfills for compatibility
  • Customization: It provides some customization options, but they are limited when compared to libraries like Framer Motion


Anime.js is a lightweight JavaScript animation library with a simple, yet powerful API. It makes animating CSS properties, SVG elements, DOM attributes, and JavaScript objects a breeze.

To install Anime.js, run one of the following commands:

npm install animejs
yarn add animejs

To create a cool SVG animation, add the lines of code below:

import { useEffect, useRef } from "react";
import anime from "animejs";
function Anime() {
  const circleRef = useRef(null);
  const animateCircle = () => {
    // Get the DOM element to animate
    const circle = circleRef.current;
    // Use AnimeJS to create the animation
      targets: circle,
      cx: anime.random(10, 500), // Random x position between 10 and 500
      cy: anime.random(10, 500), // Random y position between 10 and 500
      duration: 2000, // Animation duration in milliseconds
      easing: "easeInOutQuad", // Easing function for smooth animation
      complete: animateCircle, // Repeat the animation infinitely
  useEffect(() => {
  }, []);
  return (
    <svg width="500" height="500">
      <circle ref={circleRef} r="30" fill="blue" />
export default Anime;

In the code above, a circle moves randomly on the screen within the specified coordinate range and keeps looping infinitely. To understand better, let’s break it down.

Inside the component, a useRef Hook is used to create a reference called circleRef, which is used to get a reference to the SVG circle element that needs to be animated.

Meanwhile, the animateCircle function is responsible for animating the SVG circle element. Inside the function, the DOM element to animate is obtained using the circleRef.current. Then, Anime.js is used to create an animation using the anime() function. The targets option specifies the circle element to animate, and the cx and cy properties are animated with random values between 10 and 500, creating a random movement of the circle.

Then, the duration option sets the animation duration to 2000 milliseconds (two seconds), while the easing option specifies the easing function used for smooth animation. Finally, the complete option sets the animateCircle function to be called again when the animation is completed, creating an infinite loop. The r attribute sets the radius of the circle and the fill attribute sets the circle’s color.

Anime.js pros

  • Versatile animation: This library supports a wide range of animations, including simple property animations like opacity, scale, and rotation, as well as more complex animations such as motion paths and sequences
  • Easing functions: Provides a variety of easing functions that allow developers to control the animation’s acceleration and deceleration, resulting in smooth and natural transitions
  • Timelines: Allows the creation of animation timelines, enabling the precise orchestration of multiple animations, delays, and sequencing for more synchronized effects
  • SVG animation: Seamlessly animates SVG elements and attributes, making it an excellent choice for creating interactive and dynamic SVG-based graphics
  • Chaining and callbacks: Anime.js can chain multiple animations together or attach callbacks to specific animation events, offering greater control over the animation flow
  • Documentation: Well-documented API references, guides, and examples, providing developers with all the necessary resources
  • Popularity: 46.5k stars on GitHub and 145K weekly downloads on npm

Anime.js cons

  • Performance: Generally performant for most animations, it may not be as optimized for heavy animations as some other libraries like Framer Motion or React Spring
  • Smaller community: The Anime.js community is smaller compared to more popular libraries like Framer Motion or GSAP
  • Limited interactivity: Lacks built-in interactivity features like drag-and-drop or click-to-animate, which are available in other animation libraries

GreenSock (GSAP)

GSAP (GreenSock Animation Platform) is a robust and widely-used animation library for creating high-performance animations and interactive web experiences. It has been a popular choice among developers for many years. Known for its speed, flexibility, and smoothness, GSAP empowers developers to craft seamless animations with ease.

You can install GSAP with one of the commands below:

npm install gsap
yarn add gsap

To create a cool scroll triggered animation, add the following code:

import { useLayoutEffect, useRef } from 'react';
import { gsap } from 'gsap';
import { ScrollTrigger } from 'gsap/ScrollTrigger';
export default function Scroll() {
  const main = useRef();
  useLayoutEffect(() => {
    const ctx = gsap.context((self) => {
      const boxes = self.selector('.box');
      gsap.from(boxes, {
        x: -500, // Start from left (-100px)
        opacity: 0,
        duration: 1,
        stagger: 0.2, // Add stagger effect for sequential animation
        scrollTrigger: {
          trigger: main.current,
          start: 'top 80%', // Adjust the start position for the effect
          end: 'bottom 20%', // Adjust the end position for the effect
          scrub: true,
    }, main); // <- Scope!
    return () => ctx.revert(); // <- Cleanup!
  }, []);
  return (
      <section className="section flex-center column">
        <h2>Scroll down to see the animation!!</h2>
      <div className="section flex-center column" ref={main}>
        <div className="box">Box 1</div>
        <div className="box">Box 2</div>
        <div className="box">Box 3</div>
        <div className="box">Box 4</div>
        <div className="box">Box 5</div>
      <section className="section"></section>

On page scroll, the boxes will come from the left side of the screen with a stagger effect, and their opacity will increase, creating a smooth animation.

ScrollTrigger, which is imported from GSAP’s ScrollTrigger plugin, enables animations based on scroll positions. gsap.registerPlugin(ScrollTrigger); is used to register the plugin with GSAP. Then, const main = useRef(); creates a ref called main to reference the main container.

To set up the animation, gsap.context() is used to create a context for managing animations scoped to the main container. Then, gsap.from() is used to create the animation. The boxes element is selected using self.selector('.box'), and the animation targets each box element, starting from -500 units to the left (x: -500) and with opacity: 0.

The animation duration is set to 1 second, and stagger: 0.2 is used to add a stagger effect for sequential animations among the boxes. Then, scrollTrigger specifies the trigger options for the animation, which will be triggered based on the scroll position.

start: 'top 80%' specifies that the animation starts when the top of the main container is at 80% of the viewport’s height. Meanwhile, end: 'bottom 20%' specifies that the animation ends when the bottom of the main container is at 20% of the viewport’s height. Finally, scrub: true enables the scrub feature, which changes the animation progress based on scroll position. The animation will control the x position and opacity as specified in the animation setup.

GSAP pros

  • Robust animation capabilities: Provides a powerful and flexible animation engine capable of handling complex animations with ease. It supports a wide range of properties, CSS attributes, SVG, and more
  • High performance: Optimized for performance and smooth animations
  • Cross-browser compatibility: Works consistently across different browsers, including older versions
  • Plugin system: Its plugin architecture allows easy integration of additional features and enhances its capabilities, such as scroll animations (ScrollTrigger) and physics-based animations (Physics2D)
  • Timelines: Allows precise control over multiple animations, enabling synchronized and choreographed animations
  • Documentation: Offers comprehensive documentation with clear examples, making it easy for developers to understand and implement its features
  • Community support: Has a dedicated Help section with active forums to support developers
  • Popularity: 16.8k stars on GitHub and 389K weekly downloads on npm

GSAP cons

  • Learning curve: For newcomers, GSAP might have a steeper learning curve due to its extensive features and various animation methods
  • License limitations: GSAP is free for commercial use, but it requires attribution in certain cases, which could be a minor inconvenience for some projects
  • Bundle size: Compared to some other animation libraries, GSAP might be considered less lightweight. However, it compensates with its robustness and performance optimizations


Regardless of the project you’re working on, numerous animation libraries exist that can help you create user-friendly animations and transitions easily and quickly. From this list and as of this writing, Anime.js has the most stars on GitHub, while React Transition Group wins in terms of weekly downloads on npm. However, other libraries may offer specific features that you need, such as tweening with React Move or lifelike animations with React Motion.

Many of these libraries are customizable and include great built-in features and changes. Hopefully, going through pros and cons, you can choose the right library for your next React application.

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Fortune Ikechi Fortune Ikechi is a frontend engineer based in Rivers State, Nigeria. He is a student of the University of Port Harcourt. He is passionate about community and software engineering processes.

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