Quick start


Motion One for Solid is a 5.8kb animation library for SolidJS. It takes advantage of Solid's excellent performance and simple declarative syntax. This package supplies springs, independent transforms, and hardware accelerated animations.

By the end of this quick guide, you'll have installed Motion One for Solid and created your first animation.


Motion One for Solid can be installed via npm:

npm install @motionone/solid

Alternatively, all the examples on this page are editable, so you can play around with them in-browser and fork them to CodeSandbox.

Create an animation

Import the Motion component and use it anywhere in your Solid components:

import { Component } from "solid-js"
import { Motion } from "motion/solid"

export const MyComponent: Component = () => {
  return <Motion>Hello world</Motion>

The Motion component can be used to create an animatable HTML or SVG element. By default, it will render a div element:

import { Component } from "solid-js";
import { Motion } from "@motionone/solid";

const App: Component = () => (
    animate={{ opacity: [0, 1] }}
    transition={{ duration: 1, easing: "ease-in-out" }}
export default App;

But any HTML or SVG element can be rendered, by defining it like this: <Motion.button>

Edit the above example by adding an animate prop:

<Motion animate={{ rotate: 90, backgroundColor: "yellow" }} />

Every time a value in animate changes, perhaps from component data or props, the component will automatically animate to the latest values.

Transition options

We can change the type of animation used by passing a transition prop.

  animate={{ rotate: 90, backgroundColor: "yellow" }}
  transition={{ duration: 1, easing: "ease-in-out" }}

By default transition options are applied to all values, but we can also override on a per-value basis:

  animate={{ rotate: 90, backgroundColor: "yellow" }}
    duration: 1,
    rotate: { duration: 2 },

Taking advantage of Solid's reactivity is just as easy. Simply provide any of the Motion properties as accessors to have them change reactively:

const [bg, setBg] = createSignal("red")

return (
    onClick={() => setBg("blue")}
      backgroundColor: bg(),
      duration: 3,
    Click Me

The result is a button that begins red and upon being pressed transitions to blue. animate doesn't accept an accessor function. For reactive properties simply place signals in the object similar to using style prop.


Values can also be set as arrays, to define a series of keyframes.

<Motion animate={{ x: [0, 100, 50] }} />

By default, keyframes are spaced evenly throughout duration, but this can be adjusted by providing progress values to offset:

  animate={{ x: [0, 100, 50] }}
  transition={{ x: { offset: [0, 0.25, 1] } }}

Enter animations

Elements will automatically animate to the values defined in animate when they're created.

This can be disabled by setting the initial prop to false. The styles defined in animate will be applied immediately when the element is first created.

<Motion initial={false} animate={{ x: 100 }} />

Exit animations

When an element is removed with <Show> it can be animated out with the Presence component and the exit prop:

import { Component, createSignal, Show } from "solid-js";
import { Motion, Presence } from "@motionone/solid";

const App: Component = () => {
  const [toggle, setToggle] = createSignal(true);
  return (
    <div class="container">
      <Presence exitBeforeEnter>
        <Show when={toggle()}>
            initial={{ opacity: 0, scale: 0.6 }}
            animate={{ opacity: 1, scale: 1 }}
            exit={{ opacity: 0, scale: 0.6 }}
            transition={{ duration: 0.3 }}
      <button onClick={() => setToggle(!toggle())}>

export default App;

exit can be provided a transition of its own, that override the component's transition:

  <Show when={toggle()}>
      animate={{ opacity: 1 }}
      exit={{ opacity: 0, transition: { duration: 0.8 } }}

More to discover

This guide has covered the basics of animation in Motion One for Solid, but the Motion and Presence components offer more options to customise your animations.

For inspiration, check out our examples page.

MotionOne for Solid also comes with a directive and primitive. Have a look at the Utilities section for more info.

Have you seen Motion DevTools?

It's an incredible new developer tool for Chrome that let you inspect, edit and export Motion One and CSS animations. Animate like the good-ol' days of Flash!