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Popmotion is a JavaScript motion engine that allows developers to combine actions, like tweens, physics and input tracking, to create polished and engaging interfaces.

In this simple guide we’re going to install Popmotion and create our first animation using the simplest action, the tween.


npm install popmotion --save

The “Hello World” tween

A tween is a function that changes one number to another, over a set duration of time. It’s identical to a CSS transition.

We can import all Popmotion methods like so:

import { tween } from 'popmotion';

By default, a tween will change 0 to 1 over 300 milliseconds:

const counter = document.querySelector('#a .counter');

	onUpdate: (v) => counter.innerHTML = v

All examples on this site are editable; you can edit the above example by adding

  to: 300,
  duration: 1000

properties to the tween. The counter will now count up to 300 over the course of one second.


This raw value output is very powerful. It can be used to drive animations in Three.js, React, D3 - anything that takes a number as an input.

As web developers our most common use-case is to animate the DOM. Popmotion provides in-built functions to help render CSS and SVG.

import { css, svg } from 'popmotion';

When provided a single Node, they provide get and set methods for that element’s visual properties.

const ball = document.querySelector('#css .ball');
const ballRenderer = css(ball);

	backgroundColor: '#FFAD44',
	x: 150, // Automatically converted to px
	y: '100%'

By creating a new onUpdate function with a css renderer, we can easily make the above tween an animation:

const ball = document.querySelector('#b .ball');
const ballRenderer = css(ball);

	to: 300,
	duration: 1000,
	onUpdate: (x) => ballRenderer.set('x', x)

And that’s it! Your first animation.