The Absolute Best SVG Animation Examples (Must See)

When we talk about graphic formats, the SVG or Scalable Vector Graphics isn’t as popular as the commonly used graphic file formats like PNG and JPEG, but SVG is the most popular choice among web developers and designers for creating high-quality graphics in web development.

SVG is an Extensible Markup Language or XML-based vector image format used for creating crisp graphics at various scales, as well as vector animations for websites and applications. Using the SVG format provides good browser support for animating graphics.

There are different ways to create SVG animations. One common way is through JavaScript and JavaScript engines such as GSAP and Snap. Aside from JavaScript, developers can also use built-in SVG animation functionality or CSS3 animations.

SVG animations are ideal design elements for websites and applications. Thus, this article created by our team at MapSVG (the #1 WordPress map plugin), provides you a list of the best SVG animation examples to guide you with your web development and design requirements.

Why Use SVG Animations?

In 1999, the World Wide Web Consortium or the W3C developed the SVG specification, an open standard for SVG content.

A wide variety of transition animation can be applied to an SVG element. Normally, CSS is used to style and animate vector graphics. However, there is a limit to the SVG properties that CSS can animate. An SVG element is composed of SVG presentation attributes, a set of attributes or data that can be modified to create vector animations. CSS can only animate a handful of SVG attributes. Other attributes like SVG path, for example, can be modified and animated through SMIL and JavaScript.

Using SVG animations in web development has a lot of advantages. One popular core capability of SVG is its scalability. Its capability to provide crisp and sharp graphics at any given scale makes it perfect for retina displays. Another key characteristic of SVG is its responsiveness. SVGs are widely supported by different browsers.

As an XML-based graphics format, SVG file sizes are usually smaller and easier to compress. Furthermore, since SVGs are completely scalable, vector images load across all sizes thus making the website load multiple times. This also keeps developers from using separate, different images for other visual design requirements.

Let us now look at the list of different SVG animation examples that you can use for your websites.

The Best SVG Animation Examples

Border Animation 

See the Pen SVG Animation by Sean McCaffery (@seanmccaffery) on CodePen.

by Sean McCaffery

This CSS animated border starts to smoothly trace a rectangular path around the text when a pointer hovers over it.

Halftone Transition

See the Pen Halftone Transition by Larissa Davidova (@Larathedev) on CodePen.

By Larissa Davidova

This SVG transition animation was made with HalftonePro. Using the SVG halftone effect and hexagon pattern, it transitions from one div to another when hovered by a pointer.

Elastic SVG Sidebar Material Design

See the Pen Elastic SVG Sidebar Material Design by Nikolay Talanov (@suez) on CodePen.

By Nikolay Talanov

This animated JavaScript sidebar was simply made using requestAnimationFrame and custom easings without any JavaScript animation libraries. The sidebar reveals the inbox as you drag or pull it to the right. The sidebar stretches into a curve when dragged, similar to an elastic band.

Interactive SVG Info Graph

See the Pen Interactive SVG Info Graph by Chris Gannon (@chrisgannon) on CodePen.

By Chris Gannon

This JavaScript graph animation was created using TweenMax. The animation allows users to trace the line graph by dragging the white dot. The white dot also shows the numerical data on the coordinates as you ease it through.

Velocity.js

Velocity is an accelerated JavaScript animation framework built with the same API as the JQuery Animate function. It is an animation library that features color animation, transformations, loops, scrolling effects, SVG support, and easings for various types of content. It allows developers to integrate CSS3 and jQuery into one place.

SVG Bubble Slider

See the Pen SVG Bubble Slider by Chris Gannon (@chrisgannon) on CodePen.

By Chris Gannon

This fun and dynamic SVG slider, allows users to click and slide the bubbles sideways to reveal emoticons. The slider can be used with either icons or text.

Monster Transitions SVG

By forestevcorp

Monster Transitions is a set of 32 SVG transition animations that use different patterns and elements such as circles, shutters, stripes, and triangles in transitions. This can be applied to projects for modal transitions and between pages.

Project Deadline

See the Pen #2 – Project Deadline – SVG animation with CSS3 by Jonathan Silva (@jonathansilva) on CodePen.

By Jonathan Silva

Project Deadline is a quirky animation that features a grim reaper slowly moving its way towards a man that is preoccupied with work as it counts the days left until the deadline. This countdown animation is customizable, though it can be used freely as it is. If you’re looking for a creative and fun SVG animation, you may consider using Project Deadline.

Hot and Sticky

See the Pen Hot and Sticky by Mariusz Dabrowski (@MarioD) on CodePen.

By Mariusz Dabrowski

Hot and Sticky is a fun and interactive SVG animation that shows a hanging marshmallow and a steaming cup. The string animation lets you drag the marshmallow into the hot cup or simply pull it in any direction.

CSS/SVG Lines App Concept

See the Pen CSS/SVG Lines App Concept by David Khourshid (@davidkpiano) on CodePen.

By David Khourshid

This SVG/CSS animation features a blue line or long dash that smoothly glides and underlines the input field as you click on it. This CSS line animation is supported on Google Chrome and Firefox.

Pull Down to Refresh 

See the Pen Pull Down to Refresh (Paper Plane) by Nikolay Talanov (@suez) on CodePen.

by Nikolay Talanov

This is a cool SVG animation for the ‘Refresh’ command of the website. It tells the user to “pull-down” the page to refresh. As you drag down the page, the vector image stretches, and the paper plane icon sets to fly. The plane icon then takes off when you release hold.

Clip-path Hover Effect

See the Pen SVG clip-path Hover Effect by Noel Delgado (@noeldelgado) on CodePen.

By Noel Delgado

This SVG hover animation is an attempt to make a portfolio grid hover effect using SVG clip-path and CSS transitions. It features different vector images masked by a gray solid color and a text. The animation reveals the vector image as you hover the pointer over it.

SVG Animation With Sliders

See the Pen SVG animation with sliders by Kenneth Aamås (@knekk) on CodePen.

By Kenneth Aamas

This awesome SVG animation features a house and three sliders. Each slider serves as a control to adjust the width or height of certain parts of the house. Users are allowed to play with these sliders to modify the structure. This SVG slider is customizable so they can make the house taller or wider.

SVG Plane Trails

See the Pen SVG Plane Trails by Chris Gannon (@chrisgannon) on CodePen.

By Chris Gannon

This vector graphic animation features an airplane leaving trails as it moves. The plane was designed by Simon Child, and it is controlled by simply hovering and moving the pointer over it. The plane also spins when you click it. A CSSTransform plugin from GreenSock was used to make the trails follow specific points.

A Christmas loop in SVG

See the Pen A christmas loop in svg by kittons (@airnan) on CodePen.

By kittons

This festive SVG logo animation is an ID for FOX Channel. This loop was created in Adobe After Effects by Gabriel H. Fermanelli. The animation features Christmas elements in one loop.

Just Keep Going (simple version)

See the Pen Just Keep Going ( simple version ) by Diaco M.Lotfollahi (@MAW) on CodePen.

By Diaco M.Lotfollahi

This SVG animation features the quote, “No matter how hard it is, just keep going”, and a human model walking in a loop. Cape motion was applied to the character to create the walking motion.

SVG Loaders

By Sam Herbert

SVG Loaders is a library of animated SVG loaders that are surprisingly made with just SVG. These loaders are customizable. Users can change the color of animated SVG icons by modifying the fill attribute.

Animated Drum Kit

See the Pen SVG Animated Drum Kit (Play Me!) 🥁 by Josh (@iamjoshellis) on CodePen.

By Josh

Using HTML audio elements, this interactive SVG animation simulates a drum kit where users can tap or click to play a beat. The vector graphics were created in Adobe Illustrator and were animated in GreenSock. You may turn up the volume for a more immersive experience.

Login/Logout animation concept

See the Pen Login/Logout animation concept by Nikolay Talanov (@suez) on CodePen.

By Nikolay Talanov

This is an SVG animation concept for logging in and out of an account. Using a solid color and wipe effect, it smoothly transitions to a calendar when signing in, transitions back to the login page when signing out. It also has animated SVG icons.

Let’s Travel 

See the Pen SVG Animation by jjperezaguinaga (@jjperezaguinaga) on CodePen.

by jjperezaguinaga

This is one of the cool and vibrant animations with CSS. It features a loop of famous tourist destinations from various countries and airplanes rotating in slow motion.

Color Change Buttons

See the Pen Color Change Buttons by Mariusz Dabrowski (@MarioD) on CodePen.

By Mariusz Dabrowski

This simple animation features buttons that expand and change color when clicked. The background color also changes according to the buttons.

Menu toggle animation 

See the Pen 🍔 <-> ❌ (version 1) by Tamino Martinius (@Zaku) on CodePen.

by Tamino Martinius

This SVG animation shows a hamburger menu icon smoothly morphing into a cross icon when clicked. This animated SVG icon is perfect for creating toggle menus.

Shattering Text Animation

See the Pen Shattering Text Animation by Arsen Zbidniakov (@ARS) on CodePen.

By Arsen Zbidniakov

This SVG text animation features the text, “In one piece” that forms and shatters as it moves on a path. The shattering effect slows down when you hover a pointer over it.

Ending thoughts on these SVG animation examples

Ensuring that the graphics on a website remains responsive and crisp across different devices, screen sizes, and display resolutions is a challenging task for any front-end engineer and web designer. Thus, they often use SVG animations.

Images in SVG format are completely scalable and responsive. They are easier to animate and smaller in file size compared to other graphics formats such as JPEG and PNG. SVG animations are perfect for creating stunning websites and applications.

This article has provided you with SVG animation examples that you can refer to or use for your website. Keep in mind that there is a wide variety of ways on how to animate SVG thus there are SVG animations for any design requirements.

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