Simple API

Shorthand signature:

spirit.loadAnimation(data: object): Promise<Timeline|object>

Although the advanced API gives you more control, this shorthand notation will cover simple animation playback scenarios.

You can call spirit.loadAnimation() to start an animation. It takes an object as an unique param with:

  • path: the url to animation json
  • animationData: raw animation data (copied from app)
  • container: the dom element on which to render the animations (so called root), default: document.body
  • autoPlay: true/false it will start playing as soon as it's ready, default: true
  • loop: true/false/number, default: false
  • yoyo: true/false play animation back and forth, default: false
  • delay: number the repeat delay, default: 0
  • timeScale: number overwrite time scale of animations

It returns the animation Timeline instance you can control with play, pause, reverse, etc.

  container: element, // the dom element that will contain the animation
  loop: true,
  yoyo: true,
  delay: 2


Play animation data (copied from app):

  animationData: { ... }

Play animation from url:

  path: './animation.json'

Add playback features:

  loop: true,
  yoyo: true,
  delay: 1,
  path: 'animation.json'

Return values

Load a single group


spirit.loadAnimation(data: object): Promise<Timeline>


spirit.loadAnimation({ autoPlay: false, path: 'single-group.json' }).then(timeline => {

The return type for a single group is the GSAP Timeline itself.

Load multiple groups


spirit.loadAnimation(data: object): Promise<object>

example (with 2 groups: chair and table):

spirit.loadAnimation({ autoPlay: false, path: 'multiple-groups.json' }).then(groups => {

The return type of multiple groups is an object indexed by group name.

Adding interactivity

Here's a little snippet to show you how you can easily add interactivity to your animations:

// assume group.json has 1 group in it. (returns the timeline instance)

spirit.loadAnimation({ autoPlay: false, path: './group.json' }).then(timeline => {
  window.onmousemove = ({ clientX }) => timeline.progress(clientX / window.innerWidth)

// assume groups.json has 2 groups. (returns an indexed object)

spirit.loadAnimation({ autoPlay: false, path: './groups.json' }).then(({ chair, table }) => {
  document.querySelector('.button-1').onclick = () =>
  document.querySelector('.button-2').onclick = () => table.reverse().play(0)

Here's an example animation created by Timo Kuilder - Zwarte Koffie

Move mouse, works on touch devices as well

What happens in the background

To keep things as simple as possible, this shorthand notation executes some tasks chronologically in the background:

  • Load GSAP from CDN (once)
  • Cache the urls
  • Load/create the animation data
  • Construct the GSAP timelines
  • Playback the animation based on features
  • Returns the created timeline instances

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