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In today’s age in web design, SVG is one of the most popular image format that is being used by designers & developers for creating retina display & responsive web designs, drawing SVG is not a strenuous task as countless of JavaScript libraries are available to work with SVG images.

These JavaScripts libraries are here to help us to easily create innovative & visually stunning graphics for their web applications myriad. In today’s roundup are some of the best JavaScript Libraries that you can work with SVG that let you create beautiful graphics also creates animated contents for their projects.

1. Walkway.js

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Walkway.js is an easy way to animate SVG images consisting of line and path elements. Simply create a new Walkway instance with a supplied options object. When you want to start animating call .draw on the returned instance providing an optional callback that will be called when drawing is complete. Currently, Walkway.js only works on path and line elements.

2. Snap.SVG

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SVG is an excellent way to create interactive, resolution-independent vector graphics that will look great on any size screen. And the Snap.svg JavaScript library makes working with your SVG assets as easy as jQuery makes working with the DOM.

Snap.svg is designed for modern browsers and therefore supports the newest SVG features like masking, clipping, patterns, full gradients, groups, and more. Snap.svg is available under an Apache 2 license which means it’s completely open-source, and completely free.

3. D3.js

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D3.js is a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data. D3 helps you bring data to life using HTML, SVG, and CSS. D3’s emphasis on web standards gives you the full capabilities of modern browsers without tying yourself to a proprietary framework, combining powerful visualization components and a data-driven approach to DOM manipulation.

4. SVG.js

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SVG.js is a JavaScript library for working (manipulating and animating) with SVG without any complexity. The library is standalone, very lightweight in size (5kb gzipped) and has lots of features. There are built-in methods for creating shapes (rectangle, circle, polygon, etc.) or defining images. They can all be animated with size, position, color or any other properties and be interacted with standard JavaScript events.

5. BonsaiJS

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BonsaiJS is a lightweight graphics library with an intuitive graphics API and an SVG renderer. The main features include Architecturally separated runner and renderer, iFrame, Worker and Node running contexts, Shapes, Paths, Assets (Videos, Images, Fonts, SubMovies), Keyframe and regular animation (easing functions too), Shape/path morphing, and much more…Bonsai in its current form comes packaged with an SVG renderer. It supports browsers like Safari, Chrome and Firefox. It is released under MIT License.

6. Jim Knopf

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Jim Knopf is someone name but in this instance it’s a JavaScript library for creating SVG-powered knobs. The library doesn’t require any JS frameworks and it comes with various built-in knob types. Knobs created can be scaled completely (thanks to SVG) and their designs can be customized with CSS. Also, they can be controlled with mouse, mousewheel, keyboard or touchpad and options exist for setting the min/max values, starting points and the angles allowed.

7. ZorroSVG

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ZorroSVG makes it easy to add masks to your SVG images. It makes it possible to create images with PNG-like transparency while maintaining small file sizes.

8. Vivus.js

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Vivus is a lightweight JavaScript class (with no dependencies) that allows you to animate SVGs, giving them the appearence of being drawn. There are a variety of different animations available, as well as the option to create a custom script to draw your SVG in whatever way you like.

9. SVG Morpheus

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SVG Morpheus is a JavaScript library that lets you create SVG icons that morph into one another. It’s easy to use and works with Material Design’s Delightful Details transitions.

10. Lazy Line Painter

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Lazy Line Painter is a jQuery plugin for animating SVG paths to animate the drawing sequence, similar to Vivus. The bad news is this plugin only does this very specific thing. Hence, when you import SVG from apps like Illustrator or Inkscape, ensure that there is no Fill color left on your SVG, just the paths.

11. Raphael

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RaphaelJS is a library that allows you to draw as well as animate vector graphic SVG on web pages. It supports a wide range of browsers all the way down to IE6, which pretty much makes Raphael the most dependable JavaScript library in the niche.

12. Path.js

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Paths.js is a JavaScript library for generating SVG paths that can then be used along with a template engine like Mustache or Handlebars for displaying those SVG shapes in the browser. It offers three APIs, of increasing abstraction.

 

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12 Ways to Animate SVG with These JavaScript Libraries