The <animateMotion> element causes a referenced element to move along a motion path.

Usage context

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


Global attributes

Specific attributes

DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGAnimateMotionElement interface.



<?xml version="1.0"?>
<svg width="120" height="120" viewBox="0 0 120 120"
    xmlns="" version="1.1"

  <!-- Draw the outline of the motion path in grey, along
       with 2 small circles at key points -->
  <path d="M10,110 A120,120 -45 0,1 110 10 A120,120 -45 0,1 10,110"
      stroke="lightgrey" stroke-width="2" 
      fill="none" id="theMotionPath"/>
  <circle cx="10" cy="110" r="3" fill="lightgrey"  />
  <circle cx="110" cy="10" r="3" fill="lightgrey"  />

  <!-- Red circle which will be moved along the motion path. -->
  <circle cx="" cy="" r="5" fill="red">

    <!-- Define the motion path animation -->
    <animateMotion dur="6s" repeatCount="indefinite">
      <mpath xlink:href="#theMotionPath"/>



Specification Status Comment
SVG Animations Level 2
The definition of '<animateMotion>' in that specification.
Editor's Draft No change
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of '<animateMotion>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

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