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Creating Scroll Animations Using ScrollReveal

As developers, we strive to create websites or applications that does not only deliver information but also engages and pleases users. One of the powerful ways in which this can be achieved is through the use of animation.
Animation in web development refers to the movement or transition of elements on a webpage, typically in response to user interactions (such as scrolling, clicking, or hovering) or as part of a visual effect to enhance the user experience.
Animations can change the static state of a website, convey information more effectively making interactions more intuitive and enjoyable for users and as well enhance the overall user experience.
In this article, we'll explore how you can effectively use the scrollReveal.js library to add scroll animations to web applications.
If you're an experienced JavaScript developer looking to spice up your projects, this article will provide the knowledge needed to create a beautiful scroll animations that will impress users and elevate your web pages.

Understanding ScrollReveal.js library

ScrollReveal.js is a JavaScript library that allows you to easily add scroll animations to elements on a web page.
With scrollReveal.js, you can define various animation properties such as duration, delay, easing, direction and more to create visually appealing effects.
One of the key features of scrollReveal.js is its ease of use. You can quickly set up animations with just few lines of code, making it accessible to both beginners and experienced developers.
Additionally, ScrollReveal.js is lightweight and efficient, ensuring that your animations run smoothly without impacting the overall performance of your website.


To install ScrollReveal.js, you can try out the following ways:

npm install scrollreveal
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yarn add scrollreveal
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You can also include the ScrollReveal.js directly in your HTML file using a CDN(Recommended for JavaScript project):

<script src=""></script>
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You can customize each element's animation by selecting it with a unique class and specifying its animation properties in the reveal method. Some common customization options include:

  • Duration: the duration of the animation is in milliseconds.
  • Origin: the starting point of the animation. It may be top, bottom, left, right.
  • Distance: the distance the element has to move during animation can be modified.
  • Delay: the time it takes before the animation starts.
  • Easing: it can be linear, ease-in, ease-out etc.
  • Reset: whether the animation should be reset when the element is not in view or not.


<h2 class="heading">
    Hi header!!!
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ScrollReveal().reveal('.heading',{origin: 'top', delay:200, interval:300,
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It is important to note that if you'll be using the same animation properties for multiple elements on your web page , you can declare the properties at the beginning of the code . This prevents the repetition and makes your code more efficient.
Reference Example

<div class="welcome">
<div class="contact">
    Contact Me
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ScrollReveal({ distance:'120px' });
ScrollReveal().reveal('.welcome,.contact',{origin: 'left', delay:200, interval:300,
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Best Practices for using ScrollReveal.js

  • Use it Sparingly: Avoid overusing scroll animations, as they can distract users from your content if used excessively.

  • Customization: Customize animations to match the website's design and branding.

  • Accessibility: Ensure that the web page is accessible and usable even without animations.

  • Testing and Feedback: Test animations on different devices and screen sizes to ensure they work as expected. Solicit feedback from users to gauge the effectiveness of your animations in enhancing the user experience.

Common Errors and Issues with ScrollReveal.js:

  1. Elements Not Revealing: Check if the elements that wants to be animated has been correctly selected. Ensure that the ScrollReveal instance is properly initialized and that the library is loaded before your script runs.

  2. Animation Not Working as Expected: Double-check animation properties and syntax to ensure they are correctly set. Verify that there are no conflicting styles or JavaScript that might be interfering with the animations.

  3. Performance Problems: If you experience performance issues, consider reducing the number of animated elements or simplifying the animations. Optimize your animations for performance by avoiding complex animations.

  4. Compatibility Issues: Check the compatibility of ScrollReveal.js with the browsers and devices you are targeting. Consider using polyfills or alternative solutions for browsers that do not support the features used by ScrollReveal.js.

  5. Debugging: Use browser developer tools to debug any issues with ScrollReveal.js implementation. Inspect the console for errors and log messages to help identify and fix problems.

By following these best practices and being aware of common errors, ScrollReveal.js can be used effectively.

Final Thoughts

In a nutshell, ScrollReveal.js is a powerful tool for adding scroll animations to elements on the web page. So, the next time you start a new project or refactor an existing one, try to explore the library and see the difference it can make in your project.
This article has explored the use of ScrollReveal.js for scroll animations.
I hope you gained from this article. Be free to drop your suggestions or questions in the comment box.

Further Reading

Explore the ScrollReveal.js Library to learn more about their documentations ScrollReveal library

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