CSS Animation Tools, Frameworks & Tutorials

We’re not going to be discussing the benefits of using CSS animations, nor are we going to talk about whether or not JS animation is faster that CSS animation in this post.

What we are going to do is share a collection of tools, frameworks and tutorials with you that will help ease your CSS animation learning woes and help save you some time along the way.

CSS Animation Tools & Frameworks

Animista

Animista is a place where you can play with a collection of pre-made CSS animations, tweak them and get only those you will actually use.

Animista

Animate.css

Animate.css is a collection of cross-browser CSS animations that you can use in your sliders, home pages, and other web projects.

Animate.css cross-browser CSS animation

Stylie

Stylie is a web-based CSS3 animation tool that you can use to configure and generate your own set of animations.

Stylie web-based CSS3 animation tool

animo.js

animo.js is a powerful tool for managing CSS animations. You can easily stack animations to fire one after another, specify callbacks for the completion of an animation, or simply fire animations on any event or at any moment you please.

Anima is a powerful tool for managing CSS animations

Anima

The lightweight (only 5k when gzipped) Anima lets you animate multiple objects at the same time, and each item can have it’s mass and viscosity to emulate real-life objects. It uses CSS transforms and 3d-transforms together with Javascript to create the animation.

Anima CSS CSS3 animate multiple objects

Rocket

Rocket is a simple tool for creating web animations.

Rocket

Animate Plus

Animate Plus is a JavaScript library that helps you animate CSS properties and SVG attributes.

Animate Plus JavaScript library helps animate CSS properties SVG attributes

Animatelo

Animatelo – Just-add-water Web Animations.

Animatelo

Obnoxious.CSS

Obnoxious.CSS – Animations for the strong of heart, and weak of mind.

OBNOXIOUS.CSS

Tuesday

Tuesday is a ‘quirky CSS animation library’.

Tuesday CSS animation library

Shift.css

Shift.css is a simple responsive framework to build timed, contained CSS animations.

Shift css framework

MOTION UI

MOTION UI is a Sass library for creating flexible CSS transitions & animations.

MOTION UI Sass library flexible CSS transitions

CSS Shake

CSS Shake is a collection of CSS classes that will vibrates & shake the 'DOM'.

CSS Shake A collection of CSS classes that will vibrates & shake the 'DOM'

Magic Animations

Magic Animations is a small library of CSS3 special effect animations.

Magic Animations A small library of CSS3 special effect animations CSS Libraries

Hover.css

Hover.css is a selection of CSS3 animated hover effects for buttons.

Hover.css A selection of CSS3 animated hover effects for buttons

Saffron

Saffron is a Sass mixin library of simple CSS3 animations and transitions.

Saffron A Sass mixin library of simple CSS3 animations and transitions CSS Libraries

CSSynth

CSSynth is a small web-based app for running animations in order.

CSSynth A small app for running animations in order

Ceaser

Ceaser is a simple CSS easing animation tool that you can easily employ in your projects.

Ceaser is a simple CSS easing animation tool

WAIT! Animate

WAIT! Animate is a tool that makes it easy to calculate CSS animation keyframe percentages.

WAIT Animate calculate CSS animation keyframe percentages

Tridiv

Tridiv is a web-based editor that lets you create 3D shapes in CSS. It is cross-browser compatible, and you can also browse several online examples before you actually start using the editor.

Tridiv is a web-based editor that lets you create 3D shapes in CSS

Morf.js

Morf.js is a JavaScript work-around that lets you produce hardware-accelerated CSS3 transitions with custom effects.

Morf.js is a JavaScript work-around that lets you produce hardware-accelerated CSS3 transitions

CSS3 Keyframes Animation Generator

The CSS3 Keyframes Animation Generator, as the name suggests, is an online tool that lets you create CSS3 keyframe animations.

Keyframes Generator is an online tool that lets you create CSS3 keyframe animations

Effeckt.css

The Effeckt.css library offers a multitude of UI-less animations and transitions that you can use in your web projects.

CSS3 Animation Cheat Sheet

The CSS3 Animation Cheat Sheet is a set of pre-made CSS3 animations that you can use in your web projects by adding the stylesheet to your site and applying the pre-made CSS3 classes to the necessary elements.

The CSS3 Animation Cheat Sheet is a set of pre-made CSS3 animations that you can use in your web projects

CSS Animation Tutorials

  • A Beginner’s Introduction to CSS Animation
    After covering the basics, this tutorial will show you how to quickly create a quick example that will animate a square element into a circle.
  • CSS Transitions, Transforms and Animation Tutorial
    This website teaches you how to make use of CSS3 transitions, transforms and animations in your web projects. The tutorial is fairly simple and does not require an advanced level of working knowledge of CSS3.
  • Using CSS Animations
    This tutorial serves as a primer to CSS animations. If you are looking for a place to start with CSS animations, this tutorial can be of great use for you.
  • Using CSS Transitions
    Just like the above one, this tutorial too comes from the Mozilla Developer Network, even though this one teaches you how to work with CSS transitions.
  • 4 Simple CSS3 Animation Tutorials
    This resource is a collection of four CSS3 animation tutorials combined into one. You can learn how to use and work with functions such as scale(), translate(), rotate() and skew().
  • Examples of Pseudo-Elements Animations and Transitions
    This tutorial unravels the potential of CSS animations and transitions when working with pseudo-elements :before and :after.
  • Animated 3D Bar Chart with CSS3
    This advanced tutorial explains how to create a 3D bar chart using CSS3 animations.

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