The SVG <animateMotion> element let define how an element moves along a motion path.

Note: To reuse an existing path, it will be necessary to use an <mpath> element inside the <animateMotion> element instead of the path attribute.

<svg viewBox="0 0 200 100" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">
  <path fill="none" stroke="lightgrey"
    d="M20,50 C20,-50 180,150 180,50 C180-50 20,150 20,50 z" />

  <circle r="5" fill="red">
    <animateMotion dur="10s" repeatCount="indefinite"
      path="M20,50 C20,-50 180,150 180,50 C180-50 20,150 20,50 z" />

Usage context

Categories Animation element
Permitted content Any number of the following elements, in any order:
Descriptive elements


This attribute indicate, in the range [0,1], how far is the object along the path for each keyTimes associated values.
Value type: <number>*; Default value: none; Animatable: no
This attribute defines the path of the motion, using the same syntax as the d attribute.
Value type: <string>; Default value: none; Animatable: no
This attribute defines a rotation applied to the element animated along a path, usually to make it pointing in the direction of the animation.
Value type: <number>|auto|auto-reverse; Default value: 0; Animatable: no

Note: For <animateMotion> the default value for the calcMode attribute is paced

Animation Attributes

Animation timing attributes
begin, dur, end, min, max, restart, repeatCount, repeatDur, fill
Animation value attributes
calcMode, values, keyTimes, keySplines, from, to, by
Other Animation attributes
Most notably: attributeName, additive, accumulate
Animation event attributes
Most notably: onbegin, onend, onrepeat

Global attributes

Core Attributes
Most notably: id
Styling Attributes
class, style
Event Attributes
Global event attributes, Document element event attributes

Usage notes

This element implements the SVGAnimateMotionElement interface.


Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
animateMotion Yes ≤79 Yes No Yes Yes
calcMode ? ? ? No ? ?
keyPoints ? ? ? No ? ?
origin ? ? ? No ? ?
path ? ? ? No ? ?
rotate ? ? ? No ? ?
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
animateMotion Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
calcMode ? ? ? ? ? ?
keyPoints ? ? ? ? ? ?
origin ? ? ? ? ? ?
path ? ? ? ? ? ?
rotate ? ? ? ? ? ?

See also

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