Motion is an important aspect in the design of modern web applications. Good user interfaces transition smoothly between states with engaging animations that call attention where it's needed. Well-designed animations can make a UI not only more fun but also easier to use.
Angular's animation system lets you build animations that run with the same kind of native performance found in pure CSS animations. You can also tightly integrate your animation logic with the rest of your application code, for ease of control.
Angular animations are built on top of the standard Web Animations API and run natively on browsers that support it.
For other browsers, a polyfill is required. Grab
web-animations.min.js from GitHub and
add it to your page.
- Example: Transitioning between two states.
- States and transitions.
- Example: Entering and leaving.
- Example: Entering and leaving from different states.
- Animatable properties and units.
- Automatic property calculation.
- Animation timing.
- Multi-step animations with keyframes.
- Parallel animation groups.
- Animation callbacks.
The examples in this page are available as a
Quickstart example: Transitioning between two states
You can build a simple animation that transitions an element between two states driven by a model attribute.
Animations are defined inside
@Component metadata. Before you can add animations, you need
to import a few animation-specific functions:
With these, you can define an animation trigger called
heroState in the component
metadata. It uses animations to transition between two states:
inactive. When a
hero is active, the element appears in a slightly larger size and lighter color.
hero-list-basic.component.ts (@Component excerpt)
In this example, you are defining animation styles (color and transform) inline in the animation metadata.
Now, using the
[@triggerName] syntax, attach the animation that you just defined to
one or more elements in the component's template.
Here, the animation trigger applies to every element repeated by an
ngFor. Each of
the repeated elements animates independently. The value of the
attribute is bound to the expression
hero.state and is always either
With this setup, an animated transition appears whenever a hero object changes state. Here's the full component implementation:
States and transitions
Angular animations are defined as logical states and transitions between states.
An animation state is a string value that you define in your application code. In the example
above, the states
'inactive' are based on the logical state of
hero objects. The source of the state can be a simple object attribute, as it was in this case,
or it can be a value computed in a method. The important thing is that you can read it into the
You can define styles for each animation state:
state definitions specify the end styles of each state.
They are applied to the element once it has transitioned to that state, and stay
as long as it remains in that state. In effect, you're defining what styles the element has in different states.
After you define states, you can define transitions between the states. Each transition controls the timing of switching between one set of styles and the next:
If several transitions have the same timing configuration, you can combine
them into the same
When both directions of a transition have the same timing, as in the previous
example, you can use the shorthand syntax
You can also apply a style during an animation but not keep it around
after the animation finishes. You can define such styles inline, in the
transition. In this example,
the element receives one set of styles immediately and is then animated to the next.
When the transition finishes, none of these styles are kept because they're not
defined in a
The wildcard state
* ("wildcard") state matches any animation state. This is useful for defining styles and
transitions that apply regardless of which state the animation is in. For example:
active => *transition applies when the element's state changes from
activeto anything else.
* => *transition applies when any change between two states takes place.
The special state called
void can apply to any animation. It applies
when the element is not attached to a view, perhaps because it has not yet been
added or because it has been removed. The
void state is useful for defining enter and
For example the
* => void transition applies when the element leaves the view,
regardless of what state it was in before it left.
The wildcard state
* also matches
Example: Entering and leaving
* states you can define transitions that animate the
entering and leaving of elements:
void => *
* => void
For example, in the
animations array below there are two transitions that use
void => * and
* => void syntax to animate the element in and out of the view.
Note that in this case the styles are applied to the void state directly in the
transition definitions, and not in a separate
state(void) definition. Thus, the transforms
are different on enter and leave: the element enters from the left
and leaves to the right.
These two common animations have their own aliases:
Example: Entering and leaving from different states
You can also combine this animation with the earlier state transition animation by using the hero state as the animation state. This lets you configure different transitions for entering and leaving based on what the state of the hero is:
- Inactive hero enter:
void => inactive
- Active hero enter:
void => active
- Inactive hero leave:
inactive => void
- Active hero leave:
active => void
This gives you fine-grained control over each transition:
Animatable properties and units
Since Angular's animation support builds on top of Web Animations, you can animate any property that the browser considers animatable. This includes positions, sizes, transforms, colors, borders, and many others. The W3C maintains a list of animatable properties on its CSS Transitions page.
For positional properties that have a numeric value, you can define a unit by providing the value as a string with the appropriate suffix:
If you don't provide a unit when specifying dimension, Angular assumes the default of
50is the same as saying
Automatic property calculation
Sometimes you don't know the value of a dimensional style property until runtime. For example, elements often have widths and heights that depend on their content and the screen size. These properties are often tricky to animate with CSS.
In these cases, you can use a special
* property value so that the value of the
property is computed at runtime and then plugged into the animation.
In this example, the leave animation takes whatever height the element has before it leaves and animates from that height to zero:
There are three timing properties you can tune for every animated transition: the duration, the delay, and the easing function. They are all combined into a single transition timing string.
The duration controls how long the animation takes to run from start to finish. You can define a duration in three ways:
- As a plain number, in milliseconds:
- In a string, as milliseconds:
- In a string, as seconds:
The delay controls the length of time between the animation trigger and the beginning of the transition. You can define one by adding it to the same string following the duration. It also has the same format options as the duration:
- Wait for 100ms and then run for 200ms:
The easing function controls how the animation accelerates
and decelerates during its runtime. For example, an
ease-in function causes
the animation to begin relatively slowly but pick up speed as it progresses. You
can control the easing by adding it as a third value in the string after the duration
and the delay (or as the second value when there is no delay):
- Wait for 100ms and then run for 200ms, with easing:
'0.2s 100ms ease-out'
- Run for 200ms, with easing:
Here are a couple of custom timings in action. Both enter and leave last for
200 milliseconds, that is
0.2s, but they have different easings. The leave begins after a
slight delay of 10 milliseconds as specified in
'0.2s 10 ease-out':
Multi-step animations with keyframes
Animation keyframes go beyond a simple transition to a more intricate animation that goes through one or more intermediate styles when transitioning between two sets of styles.
For each keyframe, you specify an offset that defines at which point in the animation that keyframe applies. The offset is a number between zero, which marks the beginning of the animation, and one, which marks the end.
This example adds some "bounce" to the enter and leave animations with keyframes:
Note that the offsets are not defined in terms of absolute time. They are relative measures from zero to one. The final timeline of the animation is based on the combination of keyframe offsets, duration, delay, and easing.
Defining offsets for keyframes is optional. If you omit them, offsets with even
spacing are automatically assigned. For example, three keyframes without predefined
offsets receive offsets
Parallel animation groups
You've seen how to animate multiple style properties at the same time:
just put all of them into the same
But you may also want to configure different timings for animations that happen in parallel. For example, you may want to animate two CSS properties but use a different easing function for each one.
For this you can use animation groups. In this example, using groups both on enter and leave allows for two different timing configurations. Both are applied to the same element in parallel, but run independently of each other:
One group animates the element transform and width; the other group animates the opacity.
A callback is fired when an animation is started and also when it is done.
In the keyframes example, you have a
@flyInOut. You can hook
those callbacks like this:
The callbacks receive an
AnimationTransitionEvent which contains useful properties such as
Those callbacks will fire whether or not an animation is picked up.