RBBAnimation 0.4.0

RBBAnimation 0.4.0

LangLanguage Obj-CObjective C
License MIT
ReleasedLast Release Apr 2015

Maintained by Robert Böhnke.

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RBBAnimation is a subclass of CAKeyframeAnimation that allows you to declare your animations using blocks instead of writing out all the individual key-frames.

This gives you greater flexibility when specifying your animations while keeping your code concise.

It comes out of the box with a replacement for CASpringAnimation, support for custom easing functions such as bouncing as well as hooks to allow your writing your own animations fully from scratch.


To install RBBAnimation, I recommend the excellent CocoaPods. Simply add this to your Podfile

pod 'RBBAnimation', '0.4.0'

and you are ready to go!

If you'd like to run the bundled test app, make sure to install its dependencies by running

pod install

after cloning the repo.


Use RBBCustomAnimation to create arbitrary animations by passing in an RBBAnimationBlock:


RBBCustomAnimation *rainbow = [RBBCustomAnimation animationWithKeyPath:@"backgroundColor"];

rainbow.animationBlock = ^(CGFloat elapsed, CGFloat duration) {
    UIColor *color = [UIColor colorWithHue:elapsed / duration

    return (id)color.CGColor;

The arguments of the block are the current position of the animation as well as its total duration.

Most of the time, you will probably want to use the higher-level RBBTweenAnimation.


RBBSpringAnimation is a handy replacement for the private CASpringAnimation. Specify your spring's mass, damping, stiffness as well as its initial velocity and watch it go:


RBBSpringAnimation *spring = [RBBSpringAnimation animationWithKeyPath:@"position.y"];

spring.fromValue = @(-100.0f);
spring.toValue = @(100.0f);
spring.velocity = 0;
spring.mass = 1;
spring.damping = 10;
spring.stiffness = 100;

spring.additive = YES;
spring.duration = [spring durationForEpsilon:0.01];


RBBTweenAnimation allows you to animate from one value to another, similar to CABasicAnimation but with a greater flexibility in how the values should be interpolated.

It supports the same cubic Bezier interpolation that you get from CAMediaTimingFunction using the RBBCubicBezier helper function:

Ease In Out Back

RBBTweenAnimation *easeInOutBack = [RBBTweenAnimation animationWithKeyPath:@"position.y"];

easeInOutBack.fromValue = @(-100.0f);
easeInOutBack.toValue = @(100.0f);
easeInOutBack.easing = RBBCubicBezier(0.68, -0.55, 0.265, 1.55);

easeInOutBack.additive = YES;
easeInOutBack.duration = 0.6;

However, RBBTweenAnimation also supports more complex easing functions such as RBBEasingFunctionEaseOutBounce:


RBBTweenAnimation *bounce = [RBBTweenAnimation animationWithKeyPath:@"position.y"];
bounce.fromValue = @(-100);
bounce.toValue = @(100);
bounce.easing = RBBEasingFunctionEaseOutBounce;

bounce.additive = YES;
bounce.duration = 0.8;

You can also specify your own easing functions, from scratch:

RBBTweenAnimation *sinus = [RBBTweenAnimation animationWithKeyPath:@"position.y"];
sinus.fromValue = @(0);
sinus.toValue = @(100);

sinus.easing = ^CGFloat (CGFloat fraction) {
    return sin((fraction) * 2 * M_PI);

sinus.additive = YES;
sinus.duration = 2;

Sine Wave


RBBAnimation was built by Robert Böhnke. It is licensed under the MIT License.

If you use RBBAnimation in one of your apps, I'd love to hear about it. Feel free to follow me on Twitter where I'm @ceterum_censeo.