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Build advanced animations in Flutter

We’re really excited about Flutter, and one of our big goals has been to make it possible to have animations as powerful as on other platforms such as iOS or Android.

Why? The short answer: We don’t want your apps to be full of static views that don’t change. To solve this, we use animation technology, and Flutter has some very powerful new capabilities, such as stateful views, animations, and the ability to animate both the UI and the core of your app.

In this article, we’ll walk you through Flutter’s animation APIs and teach you how to build basic animations in Flutter. We’ll focus on HTML, but we’ll include Flutter-specific samples, as well.

Where Can You Use Flutter Native Animation

You can use the Flutter native animation libraries for any modern platform: Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Linux, and even the web.

When you develop an app on a specific platform, you may wish to use the native animation libraries instead of using Flutter’s native libraries.

How to Use Flutter Animation

Flutter’s animation APIs are useful both in the Flutter Editor and when developing your apps. In the Flutter Editor, you can control animations on a very large scale. For example, you can change the default scroll behavior or make animations interact in your app with other animations in your app.

Developing your app with these libraries is easier in the Flutter Editor. You can easily add Flutter’s native animations and effects.

Benefits of Using Flutter Animation

Smaller Source Code

The smaller the source code, the easier to implement. You need fewer resources to build an app in Flutter. As such, you can make Flutter the primary way you design your app, without writing a lot of source code.

Persistence

Many apps need to be updated over time, and Flutter provides the ability to save animation state for your app. This lets you provide persistent state that persists across background and foreground activities.

The native libraries provide this ability.

User Interface

Flutter allows you to develop very sophisticated user interfaces for your apps, which can run natively on a wide variety of platforms. For example, Flutter lets you create buttons that perform actions on elements and show interactions with others.

In the Flutter editor, you can click on elements to see their existing states and switch between them. It’s very easy to make Flutter the interface for your app.

No Strings Attached

While Flutter’s native libraries have to implement some native behaviors, your app has access to everything else that Flutter provides, such as animations, interactions, and the timeline. You can also use any Flutter-compatible DOM APIs.

Because Flutter provides everything the native libraries do, you can reduce the amount of code in your app. This means fewer bugs and better maintainability.

How to Create Flutter Animations

When building your app, you can choose to create animations through the native libraries or Flutter’s editor. In the Flutter Editor, you can control animations at a large scale. For example, you can make animations interact with other animations in your app.

Flutter’s animation APIs are straightforward and make building your apps a very straightforward process.

You can also use a design tool like SVGator where you can create the animation in a friendly interface and you can export the code with only a few clicks.

Final Words

Animating an app is a fantastic way to make your app more engaging and easier to use. Flutter’s animation APIs provide a simple and straightforward way to build apps with animation. Give it a try and bring life to your animation!