A lightweight React library for smooth FLIP animations

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React Easy Flip
āš› A lightweight React library for smooth FLIP animations


  • Animates the unanimatable (DOM positions, mounts/unmounts)

  • One hook for many usecases

  • Stable and smooth 60fps animations

  • SSR-friendly

  • Built-in easing functions

  • Lightweight

Previous README versions

This is a README for v4. The v3 README can be found here.

Repository: react-easy-flip-demo
You can also read about how it works in detail here.


npm install react-easy-flip@beta

Get started

  1. Import useFlip hook and FlipProvider:

import { useFlip, FlipProvider } from 'react-easy-flip'

  1. Wrap your app (or at least a component that contains animated children) with a FlipProvider

  <MyApp />

  1. Assign a data-flip-root-id to any parent of the element(s) you want to animate

<div data-flip-root-id="flip-root">

  1. Pick a unique data-flip-id and assign it to the element(s) you want to animate. It can be the same as a key prop

<img data-flip-id="animated-image" />

  1. Use the hook by passing it the root ID you picked in (3)


And that's it!

Usage details


useFlip requires one argument, which is an ID of the root, i.e. any parent whose children you want to animate. You can optionally pass an options object with animation options (see details below) as a second argument. Third argument is the optional dependencies which you would normally pass to a useEffect hook: use it if you need to explicitly tell react-easy-flip that items you want to animate changed.
useFlip(rootId, animationOptions, deps)

Animation optons

Animation options is an object.
| Property | Default | Required | Type | Details | | :------------: | :------------: | :------: | :--------: | :-----------------------------------------------------------: | | duration | 400 | false | number | Animation duration (ms) | | easing | easeOutCubic | false | function | Easing function (that can be imported from react-easy-flip) | | delay | 0 | false | number | Animation delay | | animateColor | false | false | boolean | Animate background color of the animated element |
import { easeInOutQuint } from 'react-easy-flip`

const SomeReactComponent = () => {
  const animationOptions = {
    duration: 2000,
    easing: easeInOutQuint,

  useFlip(rootId, animationOptions)

  return (
    <div data-flip-root-id="root">
      <div data-flip-id="flipped" />

Exported easings

react-easy-flip exports ready-to-use easing functions. You can see the examples here.
  • linear
  • easeInSine
  • easeOutSine
  • easeInOutSine
  • easeInCubic
  • easeOutCubic
  • easeInOutCubic
  • easeInQuint
  • easeOutQuint
  • easeInOutQuint
  • easeInBack
  • easeOutBack
  • easeInOutBack


While useFlip can animate all kinds of position changes, it does not animate mount/unmount animations (e.g. fade in/out). For this purpose the <AnimateInOut /> component is also exported. To use it, simple wrap with it the components/elements which you want to be animated. By default the initial render is not animated, but this can be changed with a prop.
Every element wrapped with a <AnimateInOut /> must have a unique key prop.
import { AnimateInOut } from 'react-easy-flip`

const SomeReactComponent = () => {
  return (
        <div key="flipped-1" />
        <div key="flipped-2" />
        <div key="flipped-3" />

Here are all props that you can pass to <AnimateInOut />:
| Property | Default | Required | Type | Details | | :-----------------: | :---------: | :------: | :------------------: | :------------------------------------------------------------: | | in | fadeIn | false | AnimationKeyframes | Mount animation options | | out | fadeOut | false | AnimationKeyframes | Unmount animation options | | playOnFirstRender | false | false | boolean | Animate on first render | | itemAmount | undefined | false | number | An explicit amount of current children (see explanation below) |
What is itemAmount for? In most cases this is not needed. But if your element is animated with a shared layout transition (such as moving from one list to another), this means that it doesn't need an unmount animation. In order to avoid two animations being applied to one element, provide the amount. For example, if this is a todo-app-like application, keep the number of both todo and done items. Moving from todo to done doesn't change the total amount of items, but <AnimateInOut /> does not know that until you tell it. See the recipes below.

Comparison with other libraries

  • react-easy-flip uses Web Animations API (WAAPI) for animations. No other library based on a FLIP technique currently does that.

  • Allows you to easily do so-called shared layout animations (e.g. smoothly move an element from one page/parent to another). Some examples are given below. This is what heavier libraries like framer-motion call Magic Motion.

  • Additionally, react-easy-flip is the only lightweight FLIP library for React that provides animation via a hook. Currently react-easy-flip has the smallest bundle size. It also does not use React class components and lifecycle methods that are considered unsafe in latest releases of React.


List sort/shuffle animation

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simple shuffle animation

Both x and y coordinate shuffle

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auto shuffle animation

Shared layout animation

This is an todo-app-like example of shared layout animations. Click on any rectangle to move it to another parent. Note that on every click an item is actually unmounted from DOM and re-mounted in the other position, but having the same data-flip-id allows to be smoothly animated from one to another position.
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shared layout  animation

Shared layout animation (navigation)

One nice usecase for shared layout animation is navigation bars where we want to move the highlighting indicator smoothly between tabs.
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shared layout  animation

In/out (mount/unmount) animation (opacity)

The fade in and out keyframes are default and work out of box (= you do not need to explicitly pass them).
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shared layout  animation

In/out (mount/unmount) animation (translation)

An example of passing custom animation options to <AnimateInOut>. Here the images are moved in and out instead of simply fading in and out.
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shared layout  animation


This library requires React version 16.8.0 or higher (the one with Hooks).


Any kind of contribution is welcome!
  1. Open an issue or pick an existing one that you want to work on
  2. Fork this repository
  3. Clone your fork to work on it locally
  4. Make changes
  5. Run yarn build:dev and make sure that it builds without crash