The animate element is put inside a shape element and defines how an attribute of an element changes over the animation. The attribute will change from the initial value to the end value in the duration specified.

Usage context

CategoriesAnimation element
Permitted contentAny number of the following elements, in any order:
Descriptive elements


Source code Output result
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<svg width="120" height="120" 
     viewPort="0 0 120 120" version="1.1"
    <rect x="10" y="10" width="100" height="100">
        <animate attributeType="XML"
                 from="-100" to="120"

» animate.svg


Global attributes

Specific attributes

DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGAnimateElement interface.


Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of '<animate>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 2.0 4.0 (2.0) No support 9.0 4.0
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? 4.0 (2.0) No support 9.5 4.0

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