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rahuldkjain profile image Rahul Jain Originally published at ・Updated on ・2 min read

In the last blog, I talked about free TextPlugin of gsap. There is another plugin as MorphSVG of gsap available only to Greensock club members. I saw its usecases and fell in love with it.


Develop an animated gif banner for portfolio readme.


I really want to use MorphSVG for this. Greensock made this possible as its premium plugins are accessible on codepen.
So, I thought of a plan that, I will develop the animation in codepen, then record it to convert into gif.

So I came up with this.

Please look into the code to understand how I did it.

Let's see how to use the MorphSVG Plugin.


Follow this link to get the cdn link to be used in codepen. Copy the cdn link.

// otherwise include the cdn link 
<script src=""></script>

or you can import it if you are using npm module.

// use this only when you are using webpack
import { gsap } from "gsap";
import { MorphSVGPlugin } from "gsap/MorphSVGPlugin";

then register the Plugin as


Now you are ready to use the plugin.

MorphSVGPlugin morphs SVG paths by animating the data inside the d attribute.

Remember that it only works with path data values, so you need to convert the primitive shapes to path. There’s a utility function, MorphSVGPlugin.convertToPath(), that can convert primitive shapes like <circle>, <rect>, <ellipse>, <polygon>, <polyline>, and <line> directly into the equivalent <path> that looks identical to the original and is swapped right into the DOM.

Now follow the official documentation to understand how to use it in a better way.

After developing the animation, record the animation. I would recommend Screen Recorder chrome extension to record the animation.
Then you can convert the video using EZGif converter to convert it in gif.

I hope you liked this one. More cool animations to come soon, stay tuned!

Happy Animating!


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Now my portfolio repository on github looks more cool. Have a look

GitHub logo rahuldkjain / minimal-portfolio

πŸ’ͺ A clean, minimal, responsive, and customizable portfolio template to showcase skills, experience, achievements, and favorites (movies & TVs).

Personal Porfolio for developers

πŸ’ͺ Awesome Personal Portfolio

The minimal, responsive and easily customisable portfolio for developers.

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⚑ Pages

🎯 Home (Introduction, Skills, Contact me)

🎯 Work (Internships, Projects, Miscellaneous Projects)

🎯 Achievements And Certifications

🎯 Favourites (Movies, TV/ Web Shows)

πŸš€ Getting Started

These instructions will get you a copy of the project up and running on your local machine for development and testing purposes.

You'll need Git and Node.js (which comes with npm) installed on your computer.

node@v10.16.0 or higher
npm@6.9.0 or higher
git@2.17.1 or higher

πŸ”§ How To Use

From your command line, clone and run minimal-portfolio:

# Clone this repository
$ git clone
# Go into the repository
$ cd minimal-portfolio
# Install dependencies
$ npm install
# Run 
$ npm run dev

πŸ› οΈ Customize

If you like the portfolio and want to use it to create your own, please refer customization manual.

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Technologies used

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To try other premium plugins on codepen check out this official link